Kris McGlinn

Kris McGlinn
Research Fellow, Computer Science



Trinity College Dublin
Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science

2004 - 2005

Trinity College Dublin
Master of Science, Computer Science (Multi-Media Systems)

1999 - 2003

Trinity College Dublin
Bachelor of Arts, Information and Communications Technologies


Journal Articles

  • McGlinn, K. Wagner, A. Pauwels, P. Bonsma, P. Kelly, P. O’Sullivan, D. (2019). Interlinking geospatial and building geometry with existing and developing standards on the web. In Automation in Construction, Volume 103, 2019, Pages 235-250, ISSN 0926-5805,
  • McGlinn, K. Yuce, B. Wicaksono, H. Howell, S. Rezgui, Y. (2017). Usability evaluation of a web-based tool for supporting holistic building energy management, In Automation in Construction, Volume 84, 2017, Pages 154-165, ISSN 0926-5805.
  • Howell, S. Wicaksono, H. Yuce, B. McGlinn, K. Rezgui, Y. (2018). User Centered Neuro-Fuzzy Energy Management Through Semantic-based Optimization, In IEEE Transactions On Cybernetics. DOI: 10.1109/TCYB.2018.2839700.
  • McGlinn, K. Hederman, L. Lewis, D. (2013). “SimCon: A Context Simulator for Supporting Evaluation of Smart Building Applications when Faced with Uncertainty.” Journal of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, available at
  • McGlinn, K., O'Neill, E., Gibney, A., O’Sullivan, D. Lewis, D. (2010). "SimCon: A Tool to Support Rapid Evaluation of Smart Building Application Design using Context Simulation and Virtual Reality." Journal of Universal Computer Science. V 16(15): pages 1992-2018, 2010.

Book Chapters

  • Pauwels, P. McGlinn, K. Törmä, S. Beetz, J. (2018). “Linked Data”, in book Building Information Modeling: Technology Foundations and Industry Practice. Edition: 1, Chapter: 10, Pages 181-197. Publisher: Springer.

Conference Papers

  • Roosens, D., McGlinn, K., & Debruyne, C. (2019). Using Maps for Interlinking Geospatial Linked Data. In H. Panetto, C. Debruyne, M. Hepp, D. Lewis, C. A. Ardagna, & R. Meersman (Eds.), On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2019 Conferences (pp. 209–226). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • McGlinn, K. Debruyne, C; McNerney, L. O’Sullivan, D. (2017). Integrating Ireland’s Geospatial Information to Provide Authoritative Building Information Models. In SEMANTiCS 2017, the 13th International Conference on Semantic Systems. Held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • McGlinn, K. Weise, M. Wicaksono, H. (2016). “Towards a shared use case repository – the SWIMing initiative started in the framework of the EU H2020 R&DI programme." CIB W78 conference, Brisbane, Australia, 2016.
  • McGlinn, K. Weise, M. Wicaksono, H. Kaklanis, N. Lawton, W. (2016). "Identifying Use Cases and Data Requirements for BIM Based Energy Management Processes." CIBSE Technical Symposium. CIBSE, 2016.
  • McGlinn, K. Jones, K. Gerdelan, A. Corchero, A, Lewis, D. (2015). "Usability Evaluation of an activity Modelling Tool for Improving Accuracy of Predictive Energy Simulations." IBPSA 2015: Proceedings of the 14th International Building Performance Simulation Association. IBPSA, 2015.
  • McGlinn, K. Gerdelan, A. Jones, K. Lewis, D. (2013). “A Flexible and Extensible Web-based Visualisation and Configuration Interface for Holistic Energy Management of Buildings.” 5th International Conference on Applied Energy, Pretoria, South Africa, 2013.
  • AnzaldiI, G. Corchero, McGlinn, K. Gerdelan, A. M. Dibley. (2012). “Knoholem: Knowledge-based energy management for public buildings through holistic information modeling and 3d visualization" International Technology Robotics Applications, 47-56
  • AnzaldiI, G. Corchero, A. Gutu, D., Marinov, M. Dibley, M. McGlinn, K. (2012). “Intelligent Building Energy Management through holistic knowledge based approach" 15th International Conference of the Catalan Association of Artificial Intelligence CCIA 2012, pages 223 – 232, University of Alacant, Oct 24-26, 2012.
  • McGlinn, K., E. O'Neill, Lewis, D. (2008). “SimCon: A Tool for Modelling Context Sources for Rapid Evaluation of Pervasive Applications using Virtual Reality”. Proceedings of the 5th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services (Mobiquitous '08), pages 1-2, ICST, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, July 21-25, 2008.
  • Feeney, K., Lewis, D. McGlinn, K. O’Sullivan, D. Holohan, A. (2008). “Avoiding ‘Big Brother’ Anxiety with Progressive Self-Management of Ubiquitous Computing Services”, Proceedings of the 5th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking, and Services (Mobiquitous '08), ACM, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, July 21-25, 2008.


  • McGlinn K., Hussey P. (2020) An Analysis of Demographic Data in Irish Healthcare Domain to Support Semantic Uplift. In: Krzhizhanovskaya V. et al. (eds) Computational Science – ICCS 2020. ICCS 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12140. Springer, Cham.
  • Stolk, S. McGlinn K. (2020) Validation of IfcOWL datasets using SHACL. Proceedings of the 8th Linked Data in Architecture and Construction Workshop Dublin, Ireland, June 17-19, 2020 (virtually hosted)., online
  • O’Donovan, J., O’Sullivan, D., & McGlinn, K. (2019). A method for converting IFC geometric data into GeoSPARQL. In proceedings for 7th Linked Data in Architecture and Construction Workshop (LDAC 2019), pp10-18, June 19 – 21, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • McGlinn, K. Darragh, B. O’Sullivan, D. (2019). GViz - An Interactive WebApp to Support GeoSPARQL over Integrated Building Information. The 9th International Workshop on Location and the Web May 2019 (LocWeb 2019), in conjunction with the Web Conference WWW 2019, May 13 – 17 2019, San Francisco, USA.
  • McGlinn, K. Debruyne, C; McNerney, L. O’Sullivan, D. (2017). Integrating Building Information Models with Authoritative Irish Geospatial Information. In ISWC 2017, the 16th International Semantic Web Conference. Held in Vienna, Austria.
  • Debruyne, C; McGlinn, K. McNerney, L. O’Sullivan, D. (2017). A Lightweight Approach to Explore, Enrich and Use Data with a Geospatial Dimension with Semantic Web Technologies. In GeoRich 2017, the Fourth International ACM SIGMOD Workshop on Managing and Mining Enriched Geo-Spatial Data. Held in Chicago, IL, USA.
  • McGlinn, K., R. Brennan, O’Sullivan, D. Lewis, D. (2011). “The SimCon Generator: An Interactive Context Simulator for Rapid Evaluation of Smart Building Applications using Virtual Reality.” 8th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services, pages 50-55, Seattle, USA, IEEE, 2011.
  • McGlinn, K., E. Corry, O'Neill, E. Keane, M. Lewis, D. O'Sullivan D. (2010). “Monitoring Smart Building Performance Using Simulation and Visualisation”. In Proceedings of Ubiquitous Computing for Sustainable Energy (UCSE2010), Ubicomp 2010 Workshop, Copenhagen, Sept 25th, ACM, 2010.
  • O'Neill, E., McGlinn, K., Lewis, D., Bailey, E., Dobson, S., and McCartney, K. (2009). ”Application Development using Modelling and Dynamical Systems Analysis”, In Proceedings of 1st International Workshop on Context-Aware Middleware and Services (CAMS '09), Dublin, Ireland, 16th June 2009, ACM, 2009.
  • Mara, P., McGlinn, K., Brennan, R., O’Sullivan, D. Keane, M., O’Donnell. (2009). “Pervasive Knowledge-Based Networking for Maintenance Inspection in Smart Buildings”. International Conference on Autonomic Computing Proceedings of the 6th international workshop on Managing ubiquitous communications and services, pages 59-66, Barcelona, Spain, ACM, New York, 2009.
  • McGlinn, K., O'Neill, E., Lewis, D., (2007). “Modelling of Context and Context-Aware Services for Simulator Based Evaluation”, In Proceedings of 4th International Workshop on Managing Ubiquitous Communications and Services (MUCS ’07), Multicon Lecture Notes, Munich, Germany, May 25, 2007.
  • O'Neill, E., Lewis, D., McGlinn, K., Dobson, S. (2006). “Rapid User-Centred Evaluation for Context-Aware Systems”, XIII International Workshop on Design, Specification and Verification of Interactive Systems (DSV-IS 2006), pages 220 - 233, Dublin, Ireland, July 2006, Springer LNCS, 2006.


Research Grants

  • H2020 SWIMing project (Principle Investigator) - 495,000 Euro in total
  • H2020 The KnoHolEM project (work package leader) - 365,000 Euro for TCD
  • Enterprise Ireland Coordinator Grant x2 - 20,000 Euro
  • StandICT - 7,800 Euro
  • Open Data Engagement Fund - 2,500 Euro


  • FAIRVASC (team lead)
  • OpenNCP (research and development)
  • OSi project III + IV (research and development)
  • SWIMing project (principle investigator)
  • The KnoHolEM project (team lead)
  • NEMBES (research and development)
  • Pudecas (research and development)

Chairs and Organising Committees

  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC) 2020
  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC) 2019
  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC) 2018
  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC) 2017
  • Linked Data in Architecture and Construction (LDAC) 2016
  • SWIMing/OptEEmal VoCamp London on the 13th-14th October, 2016
  • The SEAS VoCamp held in Paris, France on the 15–17th, December, 2015
  • The R4SC VoCamp held in Genoa, Italy, on the 14th and 15th September, 2015
  • The ifcOWL, SAREF Fiemser VoCamp held in Dublin, Ireland, March 22-23rd
  • EeB Cluster workshop, in conjunction with EEBERs, held at Sustainable Places, Savona, Italy Sept. 16th – 18th 2015
  • EeB Cluster workshop, as part of the LDAC conference, held in Eindhoven July 17th-19th 2015
  • EeB Cluster workshop at the buildingSMART International Conference, 24th March in Watford 2015, London, England

Standardisation Efforts

Other Events and Presentations

  • 2nd International Workshop on Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities in Dublin, Ireland, 25th May, 2016
  • EC EeB Impact Workshop in Brussels, Belgium, 19th April, 2016
  • SWIMing presentation @ BuildingSMART Summit in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 11th – 14th April, 2016
  • EC EeB Impact Workshop in Brussels, Belgium, 27th April, 2015.
  • EEBERS expert Workshop in Espoo, Finland, 17th June, 2015
  • Presented @ Ready for Smart Cities (r4sc) Summer School 2015


2016 - Present

Research Fellow
ADAPT Centre, Trinity College Dublin

  • Coordinated the H2020 Coordination and Support Action ‘SWIMing’ which set out to address the lack of interoperability of building data across H2020 Energy Efficient Buildings (EeB) projects, as this is significant barrier hindering the capability to manage data important to energy efficiency. The project consisted of analyzing project results (models), engaging with the international EeB community and inviting them to workshops we organized, ensuring that they communicate and share their project results. We developed a web based tool for analyzing use cases in the EeB domain from a data perspective to help in this process. This work resulted in a guidelines for identifying well-established standards for open data on the web. This work also led to my establishment and co-chairing of a W3C group to develop a standard for supporting publishing BIM data on the web.
  • Co-chair of W3C Linked Building Data on the Web Community Group 2015-present. The group has over 100 participants from a wide range of backgrounds related to BIM. Role includes organizing and chairing telecos, contributing towards the creation of the Building Topology ontology, which aims to provide a reference ontology for publishing building data on line, see:,
  • As ontology engineer on FAIRVASC, my role is to integrate multiple data registries (Ireland, UK, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and France) related to the rare kidney disease vasculitis. We have developed a core ontology, multiple R2RML mappings to uplift tabular data into RDF, and conducted the training sessions to train data specialists at each pilot site on the task of data uplift.
  • Development of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) building ontology to represent their Prime2 Graphical Information System (GIS) database. The end goal is to create a central data hub for interlinking BIM data based on a URI which contains authoritative data about buildings, for each building in the Republic of Ireland, as currently, there is poor availability of BIM. This will support many use cases related to energy efficiency, automation, navigation, etc.
  • Developed R2RML mappings to ‘uplift’ OSi building data into RDF, making use of GeoSPARQL and Prov-o ontologies to support geospatial queries over SPARQL, and to query changes to building data.
  • Developed methods for interlinking BIM data based on geolocation, SPARQL construct queries for DBpedia, and Java code bases on Jena Libraries for adding Geolocation to ifcOWL -
  • Proposal writing for numerous H2020 projects (Energy Efficient Buildings and Factories of the Future).
  • Supervised multiple CS Masters Dissertations (2016, 2017, 2018).

2013 - 2016

Postdoctoral Researcher
Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, Trinity College Dublin

  • Developing web based, ontology driven, methods for controlling and monitoring buildings, visualizing geometric based data sets (see research in video below).
  • Gained extensive experience of issues related to ICT solutions for energy management through analysis of five public buildings in Holland (2) and Spain (3).
  • Supervised Interactive Digital Media Final Year projects (2015).

2008 - 2013

Research Assistant
Knowledge and Data Engineering Group, Trinity College Dublin

  • Led the TCD contribution to the FP7 project KnoholEM which acquired funding. Was in charge of the management of the TCD work package which oversaw the development of a web interface which made use of an integrated ontology for bringing together data from multiple sources, including sensor data (visualized using JS charts), 3D building data (visualized using WebGL) and occupant provided data. To evaluate the web interface, several usability tests were run across five different buildings, evaluating different building users (38), as well as the facility managers of those buildings (5).
  • Completed thesis in this time, which analyzed visual methods for informing developers of sensor enabled applications about the effects of uncertainty in sensor data. The mode was evaluated through controlled usability tests making use of software developed to support the tasks and using established methodology for usability testing over (48 participants over 4 experiments)



  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • WebGL/OpenGL
  • Node.js
  • C++

Databases and triplestores

  • Oracle SQL
  • Parliament
  • Fuseki
  • MongoDB


    GViz: A Tool to Support Querying Building Data
    BuildVis: A Tool to Support Energy Management in Buildings
    SimCon: A Tool to Support Rapid Evaluation of Smart Building Applications
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