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Robert (Rob) O’Connor is an academic in the Dept. of Computing & Mathematics at SETU (Ireland) and is the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science (SE600). Robert is also a graduate of an older version course, having obtained a BSc. (Hons) in Applied Computing in 1999. He then worked as a programmer for a number of organisations before returning to Waterford as a postgraduate student in 2002. He successfully completed an MSc by Research with the TSSG research centre in 2004 and took up a full-time lecturing position with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in 2006. Since then, he has lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on topics such as programming, digital media and computer science. In 2022, WIT was retitled South East Technological University (SETU)

Since 2018, Robert has produced and hosted The Machine, a podcast from SETU in which technical topics are discussed at a level suitable for novices. He also presents 9plus, a podcast that explores research being carried out at SETU. This is a trans-disciplinary podcast. He also produces and assists on other academic podcasts at SETU and elsewhere.

Robert’s specialist areas of interest include software development, audio/visual media and production.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Degree, Computer Science

01 Jun 200201 Sep 2002

Award Date: 20 Oct 2004

Bachelors Degree, Applied Computing

01 Sep 199526 May 1999

Award Date: 01 Sep 1999

External positions

Radio Presenter, Beat 102-103

01 Oct 200626 Mar 2023


  • QA76 Computer software
  • Computer Science
  • Podcasting
  • Media


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