Jake Rowan Byrne
Jake views the Ph.D. candidate (student) as a “knowledge worker” exploring the boundaries of our current understanding of the world around us. These knowledge workers have to juggle a lot of information: developing new perspectives or approaches, analyses, interpret, evaluate and make sense of new information. His research involves Ph.D. candidates in the development of tools to support their own work and that of other novice Ph.D. candidates by providing a web based tool that provides a tightly integrated system that includes functionality such as concept-mapping, word processing, referencing, file management, literature search and literature review. See the demo site here:
How Jake came to research:
As a small child in primary school I had learning difficulties, but was empowered by my remedial teacher whom told me I could not rely solely on others to teach me and gave me strategies for developing my own learning practices. This gave me the confidence to pursue my own interests from an early age and to view moments of confusion as an opportunities for learning.
I have always had an interest in how things work which helped me get a A in leaving cert Engineering and successfully graduate with a Honours Bachelor Degree in Mechatronic Engineering (B.Eng.) from Dublin City University. In my last years of my degree I secured a research scholarship to study the work of Nikola Tesla, exploring his patents focusing on the wireless transmission of electrical energy. During this research I discovered discrepancies between the standard textbook description of the underlying theory and the historically context and philosophical perspectives from which the textbook theories have been derived. This interest in how the knowledge evolves/develops over time led me a Masters in Technology and Learning (M.Sc.) at Trinity College Dublin, my research as part of this Masters largely focused on knowledge evolution of researchers. This led me to my Ph.D. work that permits me to explore and integrate ideas from computer science, philosophy and psychology, to mention a few.