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Fergus Toolan

Fergus Toolan

Biography

General
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Name and Title: 
Dr. Fergus Toolan
Position: 
Cybercrime Analyst
Research Group: 
Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation
Phone: 
+353 1 716 2405
Email: 
Office: 
CSI / A0.06

Biography

Fergus obtained a B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Science from University College Dublin in 2000. He then achieved an M.Sc award in 2004 for a thesis entitled "Web Mining for Personalised Site Maps" under the direction of Dr Nick Kushmerick. He obtained a PhD in 2007 for a study on the use of Diversity Metrics in Classifier Ensembles under the supervision of Dr Joe Carthy and Mr John Dunnion. 

Fergus joined Griffith College Dublin as a lecturer in September 2006 and was promoted to Director of Undergraduate Programmes for the Faculty of Computing Science in 2008. He began a post doctoral position in UCD in 2009 with the Centre for Cybercrime Investigation.

 


The following email address is for experimental purposes only and should NOT be used to contact me! ftoolan7@gmail.com.

Professional

Invited Talks / Panels

  • E-Crime Case Study: ICE-IX Trojan, Financial Crime Conference 2012, Dublin, Ireland, Jun. 2012.
  • A Gangster's on the Line: Developments in PBX Fraud, E-Crime Researchers Sync-up, Dublin, Ireland, Mar. 2012
  • The Truth is out there: Open Source Forensics, E-Crime Researchers Sync-up, Dublin, Ireland, Mar. 2012
  • Dataset Development Roundtable Discussion, Moderator, E-Crime Researchers Sync-Up, Dublin, Ireland, Mar. 2011
  • Perl and Regular Expressions in Forensic Exams, Wisconsin Association of Computer Crime Investigators Annual Conference, Madison, WI, Oct 2010
  • Maths in Forensics: The Interpretation of Raw Data, Wisconsin Association of Computer Crime Investigators Annual Conference, Madison, WI, Oct 2010
  • APWG Collaborative Research Efforts, Panel Member, APWG E-Crime Researchers Summit, Dallas, TX, Oct, 2010

Conference Committees

 

External Examination

  • PhD Thesis External Examiner: Mr. Robert Layton, "Automated and Unsupervised Authorship Analysis for Cybercrime Attribution", University of Ballarat, Australia, Aug. 2011.

Professional Organisations

  • Member of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG)

Publications

To Appear

  1. Toolan, F., Genoe, R., Bergum, U., Browne, A., & Shaw, A. (2014) Deepthought: Initial Validation of a Preliminary Analysis Forensic Tool in Cybercrime Forensics, Education and Training, CFET-14, Canterbury, UK
  2. Genoe, R., Toolan, F., & McGourty, J. (2014) Programming for Investigators: From Zero to Hero in four days in Cybercrime Forensics, Education and Training, CFET-14, Canterbury, UK

Journal Publications

  1. Weir, G. R. S., Toolan, F., and Smeed, D. (2011) The Threats of Social Networking: Old Wine in New Bottles in Information Security Threat Report, Vol 16, Issue 2, pp. 38-43, 2011
  2. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2006) Probabilistic Data Fusion on a Large Document Collection in Artificial Intelligence Review, Vol. 26, Issue 1-2, pp. 23 - 34, 2006
  3. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Mur, A., Peng, L., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2006) Probability-Based Fusion of Information Retrieval Result Sets in Artificial Intelligence Review, Vol. 25, Issue 1-2, pp 179 - 191, 2006

Proceedings Edited

  1. O'Riordan, F., Toolan, F., Hernandez, R., Smyth, R., Becker, B., Casey, K., Lillis, D., McGing, G., Mulhall, M., and O'Sullivan, K. (eds) (2009) ICEP 09 Conference Papers: Engaging Pedagogies, University College Dublin, ISBN: 1906878013, 2009.
  2. O'Riordan, F., Toolan, F., Smyth, R. and McGing, G. (2008) Engaging Pedagogies: ICEP 08 Conference Papers, Griffith College Dublin, ISBN: 1906878005, 2008.

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications

  1. Leonard, D., Doychev, D., Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Collier, R. W., and Dunnion, J. (2011) UCD SIFT in the TREC 2011 Web Track in Procceedings of the 20th Text Retrieval Conference, TREC, MD, 2011.
  2. Leonard, D., Lillis, D., Zhang, L., Toolan, F., Collier, R. W., and Dunnion, J. (2011) Applying Machine Learning Diversity Metrics to Data Fusion in Information Retrieval in Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2011, Dublin, 2011.
  3. Toolan, F. and McLoughlin, H., (2010) A Tag-Team Approach to Teaching Matematics and Programming, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy, Maynooth, Dec. 2010.
  4. Toolan, F. and Carthy, J. (2010) Feature Selection for Spam / Phishing Detection, in Proceedings of the 5th APWG/IEEE E-Crime Researchers Summit, Dallas, Tx.
  5. Lillis, D., Zhang, L., Toolan, F., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2010) Estimating Probabilities for Effective Data Fusion, in Proceedings of the ACM Special Interest Group in Information Retrieval Conference, SIGIR 2010.
  6. Toolan, F. and McLoughlin, H. (2010) Discrete Mathematics for Program Construction, in Proceedings of the 6th China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education, CEISIE, 2010.
  7. McLoughlin, H. and Toolan, F. (2010) Name and Conquer, in Proceedings of the 6th China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education, CEISIE, 2010.
  8. Toolan, F., and Carthy, J. (2009) Phishing Detection using Classifier Ensembles in Proceedings of the 4th APWG / IEEE E-Crime Researchers Summit, Tacoma, WA, 2009.
  9. Redmond, U., Toolan, F. and McLoughlin, H. (2009) Lectures on the Move: Pods, Videos and Moodle in Proceedings of the 2nd Irish Conference on Engaging Pedagogies, Dublin, Ireland, 2009. Winner of best Poster Award
  10. Toolan, F., Gladyshev, P. and Carthy, J. (2009) An Architecture for a Truly Online Classroom in Proceedings of the 2nd Irish Conference on Engaging Pedagogies, Dublin, Ireland, 2009.
  11. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2008) Extending Probabilistic Data Fusion using Sliding Windows in Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR), Scotland, 2008
  12. Lillis, D., Collier, R., Toolan, F., and Dunnion, J. (2007) Evaluating Communication Strategies in a Multi Agent Information Retrieval System in Proceedings of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, AICS 2007, Ireland, August 2007.
  13. Lillis, D., Collier, R., Toolan, F., and Dunnion, J. (2007) Evaluating Communication Strategies in a Multi Agent Information Retrieval System in Proceedings of the 5th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, EUMAS, Tunisia, 2007.
  14. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2006) Probabilistic Data Fusion on a Large Document Collection in Proceedings of the 17th International Conference Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS-06), Belfast, September 2006
  15. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2006) probFuse: A Probabilistic Approach to Data Fusion in Proceedings of the 29th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research & Development on Information Retrieval, Seattle 2006
  16. Kyriacou, E., Toolan, F. & Dunnion, J. (2005) Exploration of Machine Learning and Data Mining Techniques on a Horse Racing Dataset in Proceedings of the 2005 Conference on Machine Learning; Models, Technologies and Applications (MLMTA 2005), Las Vegas, USA, June 2005.
  17. Peng, L., Collier, R., Mur, A., Lillis, D., Toolan, F., and Dunnion, J. (2005) A Self-Configuring Agent-Based Document Indexing System in Proceedings of the 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (CEEMAS 2005), 15-17 September, Budapest, Hungary, 2005.
  18. Lillis, D., Toolan, F., Mur, A., Peng, L., Collier, R. and Dunnion, J. (2005) Probability-Based Fusion of Information Retrieval Result Sets in Proceedings of the 16th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2005), 7-9 September, Portstewart, Northern Ireland, 2005.
  19. Mur, A., Peng, L., Collier, R., Lillis, D., Toolan, F. and Dunnion, J. (2005) A HOTAIR Scalability Model in Proceedings of the 16th Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2005), 7-9 September, Portstewart, Northern Ireland, 2005.
  20. Naughton, M. Toolan, F. & Carthy, J. (2004) Samhlaíocht i Staidear Eachtra in the Proceedings of Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science (AIICS) 2004, Castlebar, September 2004.
  21. Doran, W., Stokes, N., Newman, E., Dunnion, J., Carthy, J. & Toolan, F. (2004) News Story Gisting at University College Dublin in Proceedings of the Document Understanding Conference, 2004.
  22. Naughton, M., Toolan, F. & Carthy, J. (2004) Visualisation in Incident Analysis. in Proceedings of the 8th World Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Florida, July 2004
  23. Toolan, F., Carthy, J., Drummond A. & Dunnion, J. (2003) Automating Incident Analysis: A Challenge Paper. in Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on the Investigation and Reporting of Incidents and Accidents, (IRIA03), Virginia, September 2003.
  24. Toolan, F., Carthy, J., Drummond A. and Dunnion, J. (2003) Automating Incident / Accident Analysis, In 2nd Bieleschweig Workshop on Root Causal Analysis, Braunschweig, Germany, July 2003.
  25. Blackett, C., O'Kane, M., Toolan, F., Carthy, J., Drummond A. & Dunnion, J. (2003)Combining and Automating Root Causal Analysis Methods In Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Information Technology and Communications in the Institute of Technology and Industry Sectors, (IT&T 2003), Letterkenny, Donegal, 2003.
  26. Toolan, F. & Kushmerick, N. (2002) Mining Web Logs for Personalized Site Maps. Workshop on Mining for Enhanced Web Search, International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering (Singapore), 2002.
  27. Kushmerick, N., McKee, J. & Toolan, F. (2000) Toward zero-input personalization: Referrer-based page recommendation. Proc. Int. Conf. Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-based Systems (Trento), pp. 133-143, 2000.
  28. Kushmerick, N., McKee, J. & Toolan, F. (2000) Toward zero-input personalization: Referrer-based page recommendation. In Proceedings of the 9th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW-9, 2000 Amsterdam, 2000

Other Publications (Theses / Technical Reports)

  1. Toolan, F. (2007) Diversity Metrics for Classifier Ensembles. PhD Thesis, School of Computer Science and Informatics, University College Dublin, 2007.
  2. Toolan, F. (2002) Mining Personalised Site Maps from Web Server Logs. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, 2002.

 

Research

Research Interests:

Computer Forensics, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning, Teaching Computing

Research Funding:

Sponsor: Science Foundation Ireland
Title: SIFT: Segmented Information Fusion Techniques
Start Date: 01-Jul-2008
Collaborators: Dr Rem Collier, Mr John Dunnion
 

Sponsor: Enterprise Ireland
Title: HOTAIR: Highly Organised Teams of Agents for Information Retrieval
Start Date: 01-Oct-2004
End Date: 31-Dec-2006
Collaborators: Dr Rem Collier, Mr john Dunnion
 

 

Research Students

David Lillis, PhD (with Rem Collier and John Dunnion)
David Leonard, PhD (with Rem Collier and John Dunnion)
Zhang Lusheng, MSc (with Rem Collier and John Dunnion)
Brendan Bowles, BSc 4

Past Students

Zhou Feng, Summer Intern 2010
Zhu Zhu, Summer Intern 2010
Tara Flood, BSc 2009/2010 (with Rem Collier)
Li Jingying, Summer Intern 2009
Lin Ling, Summer Intern 2009 (with Rem Collier and John Dunnion)
Ursula Redmond, Summer Intern 2009 (with Henry McLoughlin)

Teaching

Current Courses - 2011/2012

  • COMP 40100: Computer Forensics (M.Sc in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation)
  • COMP 41340: Advanced Scripting (M.Sc in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation)

CPD Courses

  • Introduction to Open Source IT Forensics - Trainer & Course Developer, Jul 2014, Avila, Spain
  • Advanced Forensics using Linux - Trainer & Course Developer, Aug 2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • Digital Forensic First Responders - Trainer, Jul 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Databases and Database Forensic - Trainer & Course Developer, Jul 2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • Introduction to Open Source IT Forensics - Trainer & Course Developer, May 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Python Programming for Investigators - Trainer & Course Developer, May 2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • Python Programming for Investigators - Trainer & Course Developer, Apr 2013, Dublin, Ireland
  • ECTEG: Introduction to Computer Forensics and Network Investigations Pilot - Trainer & Course Developer, Dec 2012, Dublin Ireland
  • Introduction to Computer Forensics - Trainer, Nov 2012, Dublin, Ireland
  • Trainer Development Programme - Trainer, Sep 2012, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Open Source Summer School - Trainer, Aug 2012, Dublin, Ireland
  • Trainer Development Programme - Trainer, May 2012, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • Trainer Development Programme - Trainer, Apr 2012, Dublin, Ireland
  • Linux as an Investigative Tool (Part II) - Trainer & Course Manager, Feb. 2012, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Linux as an Investigative Tool (Part I) - Trainer & Course Manager, Jan. 2012, Online
  • Trainer Development Programme (Pilot Course) - Trainer, Jan 2012, Dublin, Ireland
  • Linux as an Investigative Tool (Part II) - Trainer & Course Manager, Nov. 2011, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Linux as an Investigative Tool (Part I) - Trainer & Course Manager, Sep. 2011, Online
  • Train the Trainer - Trainer & Course Manager, Nov. 2010, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Forensic Scripting using BASH - Trainer, Sep. 2010, Dublin, Ireland
  • Linux as an Investigative Tool (Part II) - Trainer, Jun. 2010, Veria, Greece

Previous Courses

  • COMP 40120: Programming for Investigators (M.Sc in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation)
  • COMP 41430: Linux for Investigators (M.Sc in Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation)
  • COMP3009F: Operating Systems II (B.Sc 4 Fudan)
  • COMP30XXF: Information Retrieval (B.Sc 4 Fudan)
  • COMP2001F: Functional Programming (B.Sc 2 Fudan)
  • COMP 20130: Introduction to Computer Forensics (Stage 2 Elective)
  • Logic Programming (B.Sc 3 Fudan)
  • Foundations of Computing - Year 1
  • Discrete Mathematics - Year 1 & H.Dip
  • Mathematics for Computing - Year 2
  • Continuous Mathematics - Year 1
  • Computer Programming - Year 1 & H.Dip
  • Programming and Information Processing - Year 2
  • Artificial Intelligence - Year 4
  • Advanced Databases - Year 4
  • Operating Systems - Year 2
  • Introduction to Information Technology - H.Dip
  • Computer Architecture - Year 1 & H.Dip
  • Systems Software - Year 1
  • Web-based Information Systems - H.Dip
  • Team Project - Year 2
  • Software Engineering Project - H.Dip

 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

  • John Dunnion
  • Rem Collier
  • Henry McLoughlin
  • Pavel Gladyshev

External Collaborators

  • George Weir, University of Strathclyde
  • Duncan Smmed, University of Strathclyde