David Azcona
Applied Scientist - david.azcona@zalando.ie
Postdoctoral Researcher - david.azcona@dcu.ie
Fulbright Visiting scholar - david.azcona@asu.edu

Making the move From Industry to Academia

I was set for a career working in the IT industry with a good, secure position in IBM Ireland. While working for IBM I pursued a Masters in Data Analytics at Dublin City University on a part-time basis. I also started interacting with researchers at DCU such as my current advisor Prof Alan Smeaton and a Master’s lecturer Kevin Casey. The power and potential of applying Artificial Intelligence techniques to areas like Education captivated me and I decided to pursue a PhD in DCU with my advisor’s encouragement and backing.

I was awarded the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship Program in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

I have so many good memories from my time at IBM in Belgium and Ireland where I worked for more than three years and a half and leave great friends and colleagues. At the same time, I could not be more excited of starting a new chapter in my life where I will focus on learning and making a small contribution to the world’s knowledge.

My profile and proposal to the National Forum can be found here.

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