EUR ING Dr Diarmuid Ó Briain



Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering

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Dr Diarmuid Ó Briain is Chartered Engineer (CEng) with over 30 years of industry experience in the Telecommunications, Computer Networking and Information Security sectors. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI), a European Engineer (EUR ING), a Senior Member of the IEEE (SMIEEE), and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr Ó Briain completed his M.Sc. by research on Measurement and Analysis of Traffic Streams in Residential Broadband Networks in 2011. He was a founding member of the netLabs!UG Research Centre in 2016 at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and he completed his Ph.D. on Enabling models of Internet eXchange Points (IXP) to support spatial planning with a focus on East Africa in 2019. His research interests in Telecommunications include; Software Defined Networks (SDN), Software Defined Radio (SDR), Internet eXchange Points (IXP) and Information Security.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

O’Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Okello, D., & Kavanagh, Y. (2020). The Internet in East Africa, a mixed methods study. East African Journal of Science, Technology and Innovation, 2(1).

Ó Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Okello, D., Kavanagh, Y., (2020). Enabling models of Internet eXchange Points for developing contexts. Development Engineering 5, 100057.

Ó Briain, D. (2015). How FTTB pilot scheme helped company evolve into retail provider over new wholesale networks [online]. The Engineers Journal. 16 June 2015.

Ó Briain, D. (2014). Protecting the future of ICT - is Ireland being left behind? [online]. 14 October 2014. The Engineers Journal.

Ó Briain, D. and Grandgeorge M. (2012). Telecommunications and the evolution toward the IMS. The Engineers Journal. July/August 2012.

Conference Proceedings and Papers

Ó Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Kavanagh, Y., Okello, D. (2018). A Proposed Architecture for Distributed Internet eXchange Points in Developing Countries. IST-Africa 2018, 09-11 May 2018, Gaberone, Botswana. IEEE. ISBN: 978-1-5386-7165-8.

Ó Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Kavanagh, Y., Okello, D. (2017). Rebuilding the Internet eXchange Point in Uganda. 28th Irish Signals and Systems Conference, 20/21 June 2017, Killarney, Ireland. IEEE. ISBN: 978-1-5386-2221-6, DOI: 10.1109/ISSC.2017.7983593.

Ó Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Kavanagh, Y., Okello, D. (2017). Elastic Everything - What of the Developing World?. IST-Africa 2017 Conference 31 May - 02 June 2017, Windhoek, Namibia. IEEE. ISBN: 978-1-5386-3837-8, DOI: 10.23919/ISTAFRICA.2017.8102289.

Ó Briain, D., Denieffe, D., Kavanagh, Y., Okello, D. (2016). The move to a software defined future and the implications for Uganda. 15 September 2016. National Conference on Communications (NCC), Mbarara. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). ISBN: 978-9970-615-01-8.

Dissertation and Thesis

Ó Briain, D. (2010). Measurement and Analysis of Traffic Streams in Residential Broadband Networks. M.Sc. Institute of Technology Carlow.

Ó Briain, D. (2019). Enabling models of Internet eXchange Points to support spatial planning: the case for East Africa. Ph.D. Institute of Technology Carlow.

Research Supervision

  • Alfred Ocaka – Addressing Cybersecurity challenges in Industrial Control and Automation Environments in the era of Industry 4.0 – Level 10 – Supervisor – Ongoing
  • Conrad Ekisa – Cyber-security deficiencies in Industrial Control Systems (ICS) – Level 9 – Supervisor – Ongoing
  • Seán McCoy – Honeypots for Cyber Threat Intelligence – Level 9 – Co Supervisor – Ongoing
  • Martin Galiwango – Exploring Uganda Internet Ecosystem – Level 9 – Co Supervisor – Ongoing
  • Gavin Pyke - Does the Irish Naval Service have Resilient Position, Navigation and Time Systems? – Level 9 – Co Supervisor – 2019/20
  • Killian Doyle - Cybersecurity, the insider threat – Level 9 – Co Supervisor – 2019/20
  • Ronald Lukanga and Joseph Odur. Building Virtual Routing using Pyretic between SDN domains. Level 8 – Supervisor – Supervisor – 2017/18
  • Ronald Matovu and Caroline Namuddu. ISP interconnectivity in Uganda. Level 8 – Supervisor – Supervisor – 2017/18
  • Emmanuel Ochom and Ronald Smart. Deployment of Micro-Clouds in a Telecom Network. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2017/18
  • Ambrose Ahurra, Maathe Kenneth Kamurali. (2017). Software Defined Networking. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2016/17
  • Martin Emukuny, Denis Okotel. (2017). SDN-North Bound Interface. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2016/17
  • Ngobi Stim Lugwala, James Makubuya Kirabo. (2017). Enterprise toolchains to enable DevOps. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2016/17
  • Jordan Ongwech. (2017). Using Public Cloud for Systems Research. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2016/17
  • Eunice Patricia Aber, Vivian Mugoda. (2017). Cloud based Handicap sailing system. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2016/17
  • Geoffrey Pao, Kiyimba Jemimah Mirembe. (2016). Design and implementation of a VoIP network for CEDAT. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Edgar Kanyesigye, Ivan Maanigaruhanga. (2016). IPv6 Migration in Uganda. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Francis Luberenga, David Tusubira. (2016). Remote online monitoring in low network coverage areas. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Marion Kyarisiima, Dorcus Asiimwe. (2016). Designing of an Information Security System. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Maria Katusiime, Pius Ssentongo. (2016). Development of an Information Security Framework for SMEs in Uganda. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Kennedy Kenega, Eric Okia. (2016). An investigation of mechanisms to deploy voice services over Fixed or Nomadic Broadband for ISPs who don’t offer mobile voice services. Level 8 – Supervisor – 2015/16
  • Alan O'Regan. (2015). An analysis of the current methods of preventing access to child abuse material online. Level 9 – Supervisor – 2014/15
  • Matthew O'Toole. (2015). Can the conflict between cloud computing and data protection be resolved? Bord na Mona a case study. Level 9 – Supervisor – 2014/15
  • Trevor Murphy. (2015). The examination of the usage of computer coding to aid learning in Irish primary schools. Should it be part of our primary educational syllabus?. Level 9 – Supervisor – 2014/15
  • Jayveersinh Bhupatsang Mandora. (2014). The Economics of Virtualization: Moving Business an Application-Based Cost Model. Level 9 – Supervisor – 2013/14
  • Rachit Gaur. (2014). Enhanced Security Architecture for Data stored in datacentre. Level 9 – Supervisor – 2013/14

Engagement and Collaboration

The 6th National Conference on Communications (Uganda) 2020

Appointed to the Programme Committee of the Uganda National Conference on Communications run by the Uganda Communications Commission biennially. Held in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Engineer's Ireland Council 2020 - 2023

An elected member of Engineer's Ireland Council, responsible for the strategic operations of the Institution.

Engineer's Ireland Executive Board 2020 - 2021

Appointed by council to the institution Executive Board which is the governing body within Engineers Ireland with responsibility for the policies and budgets of the Institution.

Peer Reviewer

Peer reviewer for the Special Issue of the Africa Research Journal (East Africa focus).

Member of The South-East Ireland-East Africa Network

Established in March 2020, this network seeks to develop Irish-East African relationships through knowledge-sharing, research, expertise and experiences. We have developed scholarship opportunities for students from Uganda to pursue postgraduate studies in Engineering at IT Carlow. We also currently collaborate with the Network for Education and Multidisciplinary Research Africa (NEMRA) based in Uganda.

Operations Technology Security Group (OTSec) Cyber Ireland
Founding member of the OTSec group, within Cyber Ireland, to consider Cyber threats to Operations Technology (OT) on Industrial Control Systems (ICS).