Dr. Liam McDaid graduated from University of Liverpool with a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1985 and subsequently completed his PhD in Solid State Devices from the same institution in 1989. He undertook a period of post-doctoral research at University of Liverpool before joining Ulster where he is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in the SCIS. Dr. McDaid’s main research interests are focused on hardware/software implementations of neural based computational systems. He recently managed a project funded by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, which focuses on inter-neuron on-chip communications and is currently local manager for the EPSRC funded project (EP/F05551X/1) to develop compact low power spiking neuron cells; a collaboration between the UU and the University of Liverpool. He has co-authored over 80 publications.