Dr Gerard Lacey


Dr Gerard (Gerry) Lacey


Associate Professor

Graphics Vision and Visualization

School of Computer Science And Statistics

O’Reilly Institute

Trinity College Dublin


email: gerard.lacey@scss.tcd.ie

tel: +353 (0) 1 896 1410

mob: +353 (0)87 2396567

Office: 0.33 Lloyd Institute, TCD

Key Interests:

Computer Vision, Augmented Reality, Robotics, Visual Perception, Human Computer Interaction and Medical Applications of Technology

Diffusion of technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship.

Short Bio:

Gerry Lacey graduated in Computer Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.  He began his research career working on the automatic inspection of solder joints for the electronics industry. He subsequently undertook PhD research on mobile robotic aids for the elderly visually impaired.  He was awarded a National Rehabilitation Board scholarship and his PhD won the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) Paralyzed Veterans of America Design Prize.

In 2000 he founded a TCD spin-off company Haptica Ltd where he was CEO and subsequently CTO until 2005.  Dr Lacey led the team that developed the ProMIS surgical simulator which won several innovation awards including a European IST prize and the Irish Software Association Technology Innovation Prize.  ProMIS is used for surgical training by teaching hospitals and medical device companies around the world.  Haptica was acquired by CAE Healthcare in 2011

In 2005 Dr Lacey returned to Trinity College and began research on human motion analysis, endoscopic image analysis and the video guidance of large vehicles.  In 2008 Dr Lacey was elected a Fellow of Trinity College and in 2009 completed an MBA.  He currently teaches Project Management, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality. He has also been Course Director of the Computer Science programme and a member of the Science Gallery Leonardo Group

Dr Lacey has developed a strong track record in research commercialization.  In addition to founding Haptica in 2000 he founded GLANTA Ltd in 2010 to commercialize the SureWash hand hygiene training system.  In 2011 he was awarded the Enterprise Ireland ICT commercialization award and in 2012 the Wingwatch aircraft collision warning system was licensed to CMC Electronics.

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