Management Information Systems


James Sweeney

Icon Lecturer In Business Analytics

School of Business
Q 209
Quinn School of Business
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164847


I currently hold the position of ICON Lecturer in Business Analytics in the MIS discipline of the UCD School of Business. Prior to this I held the roles of Director of the Online MSc in Data Analytics and Lecturer in Statistics in the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences. Upon completion of my Ph.D. in Statistics in 2011 in Trinity College Dublin, I held a position as a research fellow in the Discipline of Statistics in University College Cork. I completed my undergraduate degree in University College Dublin in 2007, obtaining a Bsc in Mathematical Science. 

My present research interests range across the fields of spatial analysis, high performance computing and simulation, and medical and agricultural applications. I have a strong interest in the modelling and analysis of extremely large datasets, particularly those comprised of multivariate, spatially indexed data. The practical applications motivating my interest include the modelling of house price information in Dublin, as well as evaluating the speed and cost of abrupt climate change. I am involved in the area of fraud detection, particularly in terms of the development of analytical tools for the detection of fraudulent behaviour in money transfers. I continue to research in the medical imaging area; current interests include the reconstruction of "clean" medical images from "noisy" scan data and the analysis of tumour shape as a prognostic indicator for time to death in cancer studies.

My publications to data are mainly in the fields of statistical climatology and statistical methodology. I have also been in receipt of a number of research travel awards. 
2015 - : ICON Lecturer in Business Analytics, UCD, Ireland 
2013 - 2015 : Lecturer in Statistics & Director of online MSc in Data Analytics, UCD, Ireland
2012-2013: Postdoctoral researcher, School of Mathematical Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.
2007-2011: Ph.D in Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
2003-2007: Bsc (Hons) Mathematical Science, UCD, Ireland 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: Royal Irish Academy Postdoctoral Mobility Award


Association: Statistical Modelling Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Royal Statistical Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Statistical Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Society for Bayesian Analysis, Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

Herdan, C; Sweeney, J; Gough, KF; Hill, EW; Katz, LM (2016) Intra-horse variation on overground endoscopy. [Oral Presentation], 2016 ACVS Surgery Summit Veterinary Symposium, Seattle, WA, USA , 06-OCT-16 - 08-OCT-16.


Committee : PR committee, UCD School of Mathematical Sciences


Year 2012 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSc Subject:


Client: iNavatas
Client: Western Union
Client: Colossus Betting

Outreach Activities

I have given a talk on the "The Joys of Statistics" to leaving certificate students during Maths Week 2014. I have also engaged in School visits to promote the study of statistics, showcasing the work I carry out in UCD.

Journals Edited

Statistics And Computing: Reviewer.
Annals Of Applied Statistics: Reviewer.
Environmetrics: Reviewer.
Journal Of The American Statistical Association: Reviewer.



Peer Reviewed Journals

James Sweeney, Michael Salter-Townshend, Tamsin Edwards, Caitlin E. Buck, Andrew C. Parnell (2018) 'Statistical Challenges in Estimating Past Climate Changes'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, . [Details]
Parnell, Andrew C and Sweeney, James and Doan, Thinh K and Salter-Townshend, Michael and Allen, Judy RM and Huntley, Brian and Haslett, John (2015) 'Bayesian inference for palaeoclimate with time uncertainty and stochastic volatility'. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series C: Applied Statistics, 64 (1):115-138. [Details]
McGivney, CL; Sweeney, J; David, F; O'Leary, JM; Hill, EW; Katz, LM (2016) 'Intra- and inter-observer reliability estimates for identification and grading of upper respiratory tract abnormalities recorded in horses at rest and during overground endoscopy'. Equine Veterinary Journal, 49 :433-437. [DOI] [Details]
Andrew C Parnell, John Haslett, James Sweeney, Thinh K. Doan, Judy R.M. Allen, Brian Huntley (2016) 'Joint palaeoclimate reconstruction from pollen data via forward models and climate histories''. Quaternary Science Reviews, . [Details]

Conference Publications

Mauceri, Stefano; Sweeney, James; McDermott, James (2017) Subject Recognition Using Wrist-Worn Triaxial Accelerometer Data MOD 2017 - 3rd International Conference on Machine learning, Optimization & big Data - An Interdisciplinary Conference: Machine Learning, Optimization and Data Science without Borders​ [Details]
Burke, Kevin; Sweeney, James; O'Brien, Joseph; O'Neill, Aoife; Keyes, Eimear; McGillycuddy, Maeve; Masuda, Naoki; O'Riordan, Eoghan; Mary, Rose; Walsh, Cathal; Gleeson, James (2017) Reliability of Capacitors 128th European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) [Details]
Herdan, C; Sweeney, J; Gough, KF; Hill, EW; Katz, LM (2016) Intra-horse variation on overground endoscopy 2016 ACVS Surgery Summit Veterinary Symposium [Details]
Carroll, Paula; Sweeney, James (2016) Motivational Assessment Strategies in Business Analytics Pre-ICIS SIGDSA/IFIP WG8.3 Symposium: Innovations in Data Analytics Available Online [Details]
Sweeney, J (2015) A modified binomial likelihood model for z & n-inflated count data International Workshop on Statistical Modelling [Details]
James Sweeney and Professor Finbarr O'Sullivan (2014) Improved quantitative analysis of tissue characteristics in PET studies with limited uptake information International Workshop on Statistical Modelling [Details]
Sweeney, J, and Haslett, J. (2011) Bayesian residual analysis in Poisson regression models International Workshop on Statistical Modelling [Details]
Andrew C. Parnell, James Sweeney, Thinh K. Doan, Michael Salter-Townshend, Judy R.M. Allen, Brian Huntley, John Haslett (2013) Bayesian palaeoclimate inference from pollen in Southern Italy 59th ISI World Statistics Congress [Details]

Newspaper Articles

James (2014) 100,000 homes better off paying penalty than registering with Irish Water. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Electronic Publication

AC Parnell, J Sweeney, TK Doan, M Salter-Townshend, JRM Allen, B Huntley, J Haslett (2012) On Bayesian Modelling of the Uncertainties in Palaeoclimate Reconstruction. Electronic Publication Available Online [Details]

Research Papers

James Sweeney, John Haslett and Andrew C. Parnell (2016) The zero & N-inflated binomial distribution with applications. Research Papers [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

I have a broad range of research interests including: Spatial Statistics, Statistical Ecology, Bayesian Statistics, Bayesian Computation and Image Analysis.

My interest in many of these topics stem from my Ph.D days, where my research primarily concerned the statistical reconstruction of ancient climate from fossil pollen data. I have also been involved with problems in image analysis; at present I am working on the development of statistical tools for the extraction of useful information  from noisy PET medical imaging scans. More recently I have begun to research in the area of fraud detection and risk analytics.

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Spatial Modelling Research Fund
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Bayesian Outlier Detection and Model Assessment in Discrete Data Applications
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-16 / 30-SEP-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Bayesian Outlier Detection
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-16 / 31-AUG-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Bayesian Statistical Modelling of an Industrial Manfacturing Process
Start Date / End Date : 21-NOV-15 / 15-OCT-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : UCD School of Business - 2014-15 Research Awards
Start Date / End Date : 25-MAY-15 / 24-MAY-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Bayesian Statistical Estimation of Prognostic Indicators from Noisy PET Imaging Data.
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-14 / 30-SEP-15


Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201700   MIS10060     Management Information Systems: Introduction to Bus Analytics
201700   MIS41130     Management Information Systems: Statistics &Simulation Methods
201700   MIS10090     Management Information Systems: Data Analysis for Decision Mak


Internal Collaborators

Dr. Andrew Parnell, School of Mathematics & Statistics, UCD

Dr. Lisa Katz, School of Veterinary Sciences, UCD 

Dr. Charlotte Herdan,  School of Veterinary Sciences, UCD 

Dr. Michael Salter-Townshend, School of Mathematics & Statistics, UCD 

External Collaborators

Professor Finbarr O'Sullivan, Department of Mathematical Science and Statistics, University College Cork.

Professor John Haslett, Department of Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Havard Rue, Department of Statistics, NTNU, Norway.

Professor Finn Lindgren, University of Edinburgh.



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