Fiona Dermody

Scholar in Dublin, Ireland

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I am an interdisciplinary O'Hare PhD Scholar at Dublin City University, Ireland. I hold a BA in Humanities and a BSc in Computing from DCU. I am developing a digital system for public speaking from a Positive Computing perspective. My research has featured in a Human Computer Interaction course in Germany and a TEDx talk in Belgium.


Best Student Paper Award at HUCAPP-VISIGRAPP 2018 - Madeira.

In May 2018, I won the PhD Poster Competition at the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Ceremony at the Royal Society, London. I was one of ten finalists selected from over 400 entries from the UK and Ireland.

January 2017 - Faculty of Engineering and Computing Interdisciplinary Research Day Award

Conference Presentations:

15th IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015 - Bamberg Germany - September 2015

Irish Human-Computer Interaction Conference - iHCI -National College of Art and Design in Ireland - October 2015

ACM International Conference in Multi-Modal Interaction - ICMI - Seattle, USA - November 2015

ACM International Conference in Multi-Modal Interaction - ICMI - Tokyo, Japan - November 2016

INSTICC HUCAPP - Madeira - January 2018

INSTICC CHIRA - Seville - September 2018

Irish Postgraduate Research Conference - Dublin - November 2018

INSTICC HUCAPP - Prague - March 2019

Other Presentations:

Irish Research Council 'Interdisciplinarity for Impact' workshop - Trinity College Dublin - June 2016

Competence 2016 Symposium University of Wageningen, The Netherlands - October 2016

I was an active member of Toastmasters International, a worldwide organisation that helps people develop their public speaking and leadership skills for over seven years. I served as President and Vice President of Education of a Toastmasters club in Dublin. These roles involved managing the educational, communication and leadership goals of twenty-five people.

In 2012, two speakers I coached participated in the Evaluation and Speech Contests for Ireland and the UK and both made the final 6 out of 6,700 speakers.

Another notable achievement was my engagement with the historical, successful Guinness World Record Attempt by the Irish Writers Centre on Bloomsday 2012 for the number of Irish writers reading consecutively from their own books. I facilitated the provision of a visual timing device to ensure that the stringent timing requirements for the 28 hour record attempt could be met. Readers included Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and Pat Boran.