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Patrick McInerney is currently lecturing at South East Technological University, Waterford, Ireland in the Department of Computing and Mathematics with expertise in the area of photogrammetry, 3D modelling and lighting/rendering, human-machine symbosis, ontologies and computational semantics for machine learning in the digital humanities.

Since 1988, Patrick has worked extensively as an archaeological illustrator, surveyor and architectural photographer, working on a number of sites such as Kilkenny Castle, Waterford City Excavations, Dysart Castle, Co Kilkenny, among others. His work has been published in a variety of academic books, journals and periodicals.

In the digital cultural heritage domain, he is currently working with the INSYTE-Cooley research group, SETU, SETU Library, and a number of external partners, to carry out metrology-based digital capture (acquisition) and visual modelling of a range of culturally important material. He is currently leading the mementoArtem Digital Street Art Archive project with a view to developing a semantic web-enabled digital archive of national and international mural street art. 

Research Interests

  • Metrology-based documentation of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) material
  • The production of digital output to be used in the study of human-centered machine learning and the digital humanities.
  • Computational photography
  • Close-range photogrammetry
  • Reflectance Translation Imaging (RTI)


  • CIPA Heritage Documentation - Expert Member
  • ICOMOS - Member
  • International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) - Member
  • Technology, Culture and International Stability (TECIS - IFAC TC9.5) - Committee member

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, Sociology, The Open University

Bachelors Degree, BSc (Hons) Industrial Computing


  • Q Science (General)
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • QA76 Computer software
  • TR Photography
  • Photogrammetry
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Street art
  • Mural


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