University College Cork (UCC)

University College Cork,
College Road,
Cork City,
Research group:
Centre for Unified Computing and the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics
Prof. John P. Morrison
University College Cork,
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
Western Road,
Cork City

Institution Background

Established in 1845, University College Cork, (UCC) is one of the premier research institutions in Ireland.  As Ireland’s first five-star university (QS), UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally-sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience, second to none in Ireland. Supporting approx. 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the University provides the full range of academic disciplines and plays a crucial role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based society.

Recognised internationally for the quality of its research UCC is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of our research output and peer esteem. In the five years to 2012 the number of citations per journal publication has grown by 30% and 62% of Ireland’s most highly-cited researchers are from UCC. Our researchers collaborate with close to 700 of the world’s top universities across 110 countries.

UCC’s strategy for research is aligned with key Government policies including the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (SSTI) and Building Ireland’s Smart Economy and the University has made strategic investments in key research areas, including life sciences, health, nanotechnology, energy and the environment, all of which are crucial to Ireland’s economic future. Central to this are centres of excellence in nationally prioritised thematic areas including Nanotechnology, and Photonics (Tyndall National Institute), Food and Health, Pharmaceuticals, and the Environment (ERI). The impact of this strategy and its implementation is reflected in UCC’s success in winning competitive internationally peer-reviewed research contracts (over €79 million in 2010/2011), an increase of 28% over the previous 5 year period. Research funding from EU sources has increased by over 200% in the two years to 2012, reinforcing UCC’s position as the top university in Ireland in terms of Framework Programme 7 (FP7) success rates.

UCC has received the European Commission’s award of HR Excellence in Research. The award recognises the progress which has been made in support of researchers in the University, including the introduction of structured PhD programmes, the implementation of the University Research Employment and Career Management Structure and our on-going commitment to supporting the principles of the European Charter and Code for Researchers.


Research Group Background

The Centre for Unified Computing is a research group based at University College Cork, Ireland. Our primary research interests are High Performance and Distributed Computing, with related work being performed in numerous areas such as Peer-to-Peer Computing, Autonomics, Security, Reconfigurable Computing and Economic Models. We are perhaps best known for WebCom, a metacomputing environment that has been the focus of many years of research. Much of our work, including WebCom, stems from the Condensed Graphs model of computing developed by the group’s founder, Prof. John Morrison. The group has been in existence since 1996.

The Boole Centre for Research in Informatics brings together the expertise of the School of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science  at University College Cork to carry out interdisciplinary research under the banner of Informatics. This represents the interface between the two disciplines and provides the motivation for the link with the name of George Boole, who was the first Professor of Mathematics at the former Queen’s College, Cork.


Professor John P. Morrison BSc, MSc, PhD, Dip TLHE, Senior MACM, Senior MIEEE

John Morrison is the founder and director of the Centre for Unified Computing. He is a co-founder and co-director of the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics and a co-founder and co-director of Grid-Ireland. Prof. Morrison has held a Science Foundation of Ireland Investigator

award and has published widely in the field of Parallel Distributed and Grid Computing. He has been the guest editor on many journals including the Journal of Super Computing and the Journal of Scientific Computing. He is on the Editorial Board of Multi-Agent and Grid Systems:

An International Journal, published by ISO Press, and the International Journal of Computational Intelligence: Theory and Practice (IJCITP). He is a senior member of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE. Prof Morrison is a member of the I2Lab Advisory Board in the University of Central Florida. He has served on dozens of international conference programme committees and is a co-founder of the International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing.


Major Interest in Action Scientific Topics

  • Energy efficiency in very large scale systems.