Faculty profile

Dr Catherine Mulwa

Programme Director & Lecturer

PG Dip (Science) in Business Data Analytics
Contact information


Block B, Merrion Centre
Merrion Road
Dublin 4
D04 H2H4


BSc Hons in Computer Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching
MSc in Computing & Knowledge Management
PhD in Computer Science (Cognitive Systems and Prediction)


Dr Catherine Mulwa is Programme Director of and a lecturer on the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Business Data Analytics at Hibernia College. Dr Mulwa has a PhD in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Computing (Information & Knowledge Engineering) and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from Technological University Dublin. As part of her pedagogical career development, she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Third-Level Learning and Teaching and a certification in Academic Practice and E-Learning. She has over 12 years of experience teaching on a variety of computer science programmes in third-level institutions in Ireland and 14 years of research experience. Her main responsibilities include lecturing both in postgraduate and undergraduate programmes (i.e. MSc in Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Cyber Security and Information Systems). In addition, Dr Mulwa has been involved in programme reviews, module creation, exam paper writing and grading. She has been an Associate Faculty Lecturer at National College of Ireland since 2010.

Dr Mulwa has successfully supervised to completion 350+ MSc projects in data analytics and cloud computing, 30+ undergraduate projects in computer science (i.e. software engineering, data analytics and Internet of things) and several postgraduate diploma projects in computer science.

Her research focuses on computing education, cognitive and prediction systems (particularly recommender systems), data analytics, technology-enhanced learning, human-computer interaction, personalisation and Web accessibility. Previously, Dr Mulwa was the principal investigator of the ENHANCE project at Dublin City University, Faculty of Engineering and Computing. The project investigated challenges and issues encountered by students with sensory impairments when interacting with educational interfaces of accessibility. Prior to this, she was a post-doctoral researcher in the same institution working with the EAGLE (EnhAnced Government LEarning) project team, which was funded by the EU under FP7.


Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Sharp, M., Arnedillo-Sanchez, I. and Wade, V. (2010) ‘Adaptive educational hypermedia systems in technology enhanced learning: a literature review’, ACM Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE) conference. Midland, Michigan 7–9 October. ACM, pp.73–84. 

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2011) ‘The evaluation of adaptive and personalised information retrieval systems: a review’, International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2(2/3), pp.138–156. 

Lawless, S., O’Connor, A. and Mulwa, C. (2010) ‘A proposal for the evaluation of adaptive personalised information retrieval’, CIRSE 2010 — workshop on contextual information access, seeking and retrieval evaluation held in conjunction with ECIR-2010 — European Conference on Information Retrieval. Milton Keynes, UK 28 March. 

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2011) A web-based framework for user-centred evaluation of end-user experience in adaptive and personalized e-learning systems’, 2011 IEEE/WIC/ACM international conferences on Web intelligence and intelligent agent technology. Lyon, France 22–27 August. IEEE, pp.351–356. 

Macarthur, V., Moore, A., Mulwa C. and Conlan, O. (2011) ‘Towards a cognitive model to support self-reflection: emulating traits and tasks in higher order schemata’, EC-TEL 2011 workshop on augmenting the learning experience with collaborative reflection. 

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., O’Keeffe, I., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2012) ‘A recommender framework for the evaluation of end user experience in adaptive technology enhanced learning’, International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 4(1/2), pp.67–84. 

Mulwa, C. and Wade, V. (2013) ‘A Web-based evaluation framework for supporting novice and expert evaluators of adaptive e-learning systems’, International conference on e-technologies and business on the Web (EBW201z3). Bangkok, Thailand 7–9 May. 

Zhiltsova, A., Caton, S. and Mulwa, C. (2019) ‘Mitigation of unintended biases against non-native English texts in sentiment analysis’, AICS, pp.317–328. 

O’Donnell, E., Mulwa, C., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2013) ‘Web-mediated education and training environments: a review of personalised interactive learning’, in McKay, E. (ed.) ePedagogy in online learning: new developments in web mediated human computer interaction. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, pp.188–207. 

Mulwa, C. (2012) ‘The evaluation of adaptive technology-enhanced learning systems’, The world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare and higher education, E-Learn 2012. Quebec, Canada 9 October. San Diego, CA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), pp.744–753. 

Mulwa, C., Sharp, M., Wade, V. and Lawless, S. (2010) OSSES: an online system for studies on evaluation of systems’, EdMedia+ innovate learning. Toronto, Canada 29 June. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), pp.3210–3219. 

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Li, W. and Jones, G. (2010) ‘A proposal for the evaluation of simulated interactive information retrieval in customer support’, SIGIR workshop on the automated evaluation of interactive information retrieval. 

Mulwa, C., Fitzpatrick, D., Trapp, S. and Moebs, S. (2016) ‘EnhAnced government learning portal: production of universally accessible open educational resources’, 2016 future technologies conference (FTC). San Francisco, CA 6–7 December. IEEE, pp.375–384.  

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Ghorab, M.R., O’Donnell, E., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2011) ‘A framework for the evaluation of adaptive IR systems through implicit recommendation’, International conference on conceptual structures, pp.366–374. 

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Sharp, M. and Wade, V. (2011) ‘An evaluation framework for end-user experience in adaptive systems’. [Poster]. User modeling, adaptation and personalization conference (UMAP). Girona, Spain 11–15 July.  

Fitzpatrick, D., Mulwa, C. and Scepanovic, S. (2017) ‘EAGLE: an accessible platform for delivery of learning materials’, Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 5, pp.239–252. 

Fitzsimons, C., Murphy, E., Mulwa, C. and Fitzpatrick, D. (2016) ‘SpatialMaths: a library for conveying content and structure of equations’, DEIMS2016 — science accessibility net. Kanagawa, Japan 4–6 February.  

Mulwa, C., Longo, L., Lawless, S., Sharpe, M. and Wade, V. (2011) ‘An online framework for supporting the evaluation of personalised information retrieval systems’, iUBICOM 11: the 6th international workshop on ubiquitous and collaborative computing. Northumbria University, Newcastle 4 July. Swindon, UK: BCS, pp.75–85. 

Mulwa, C., Fitzpatrick, D. and Wade, V. (2016) ‘An investigation of tradeoffs between techniques to support user-centred evaluations of adaptive game-based learning systems’, Proceedings of global learn — global conference on learning and technology. Limerick, Ireland 28 April. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), pp.252–261. 

Mulwa, C., Fitzpatrick, D. and Wade, V. (2016) ‘A recommendation service for supporting evaluators of adaptive educational systems in third level institutions’, 8th international conference on education and new learning technologies. Barcelona, Spain 4–6 July. Valencia, Spain: IATED, pp.467–476. 

Mulwa, C. (2015) An investigation of/and a hybrid recommender system for evaluating adaptive e-learning systems. PhD thesis. Trinity College Dublin. [Online] Available at:  http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/79582. 

Mulwa, C. (2012) ‘The maturity model: a novel way of evaluating localisation and adaptive systems based on industrial impact, scientific collaboration and interoperability’, Proceedings of EdMedia 2012 — world conference on educational media and technology. Denver, Colorado 26 June. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), pp.1340–1349. 

Wade, V.P., Sharp, M., Lawless, S., Mulwa, C. (2011) ‘The evaluation of adaptive and user-adaptive systems: a review’, International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2(2/3), pp.138–156. 

Wade, V.P., Sharp, M., Mulwa, C., O’Donnell, E. (2011) ‘The human computer interaction issues associated with the creation of personalized role playing simulations’, Irish human computer interaction conference 2011 — integrated practice inclusive design. Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland 8–9 September.  

Mulwa, C., Lawless, S., Sharp, M., Wade, V. (no date) UCEAS: user-centred evaluations of adaptive systems. Trinity College, Dublin. 

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