Plaudit for Queens lecturer

Queen’s University Belfast lecturer Dr Máire O’Neill has been short-listed in the Young Researcher of the Year category of the Times Higher awards for her work in electronic security.

This is a further accolade for O’Neill who, in April, was named British Female Inventor of the Year at the British Female Inventors and Innovators awards ceremony held in the Café Royal in London.

A lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at Queen’s Electronics, Communications and Information Technology Institute (ECIT), O’Neill designed the fastest private-key encryption architecture and the fastest authentication architecture currently available, which can be used to provide high-speed security in applications such as satellite communications, high-speed networks and set-top boxes.

O’Neill leads ECIT’s cryptographic research group. Her research involves designing electronic chips to bridge the gap between security techniques and applications that require security. This includes security designs for high-speed applications and low power security designs for applications such as mobile phones, PDAs and RFID tags.

Dr O’Neill said: ‘I am delighted to receive this recognition for my research from the Times Higher, which is read by my peers and colleagues in universities throughout the United Kingdom and further afield.’

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 29 November.