Scott Rickard received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1992, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering in 1993, and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also in 1993, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
From 1991 to 1993 he was a research assistant at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked on a prototype analog neural network computer, designed neural networks for mine detection from sonar images, and designed large sets of frequency hopped waveforms with nearly ideal ambiguity properties for sonar applications. From 1993 to 2003 he was a member of technical staff at Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, New Jersey. He spent 1995 and 1996 in Munich Germany with Siemens working in the Neural Networks Group. While with Siemens, he developed and applied machine learning technology to industrial problems such as vehicle navigation, automated image analysis, biomedical signal classification, and industrial plant state prediction.
Professor Rickard moved to University College Dublin (UCD) in September 2003 and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering and the founding Director of the UCD Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL: http://casl.ucd.ie). Since joining UCD, Professor Rickard has obtained over 1.4M euro in individual funding including Science Foundation Ireland's President of Ireland Young Researcher Award, as well as over 120M euro in group funding.
Dr. Rickard is keenly interested in science, mathematics, and engineering education, at all levels, and is co-founder of Science With Me! (http://www.sciencewithme.com) and co-created RoboRugby.