PVC Research

Professor Liam Maguire


Professor Liam Maguire is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC), Research.

Originally from County Fermanagh, Liam obtained MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast.  He joined Ulster University as a lecturer in 1994 and held Senior Lecturer and Reader positions before becoming a Professor of Computational Intelligence in 2007. Prior to being appointed Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Engineering in September 2014, Liam held several senior positions including Head of School and Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre.

His research interests focus on data analytics and machine learning with particular focus on bio-inspired approaches. Author of over 250 research papers, Liam has secured extensive research funding and supervised 18 PhD and three MPhil students to completion.  In addition to editing special issues of journals and organising conferences, Liam regularly delivers keynote talks at international conferences.  His research enables him to collaborate with staff from every faculty in the University either through funded projects or joint research staff/student supervision.

Liam is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a chartered engineer with an extensive network of colleagues in the digital and engineering sectors in Northern Ireland.  Most recently he has been appointed to the NI Digital Catapult Advisory Board. His research and teaching links extend across China, Japan, the USA and throughout Europe.