Welcome to my Website

I've mainly put this together to summarise my activities, interests and projects. As they are a considerable amount of interests it was hard to put everything on a page but I think it sort of works. I'll try and keep it updated with new projects, publications and activities. Hopefully you find what you are looking for and don't hesitate to drop me an email.

About Me

I am a highly motivated senior lecturer, consultant and entrepreneur. My main lecturing responsibility lies in the area of web application development as well as data, text and web mining. I have supervised more than 100 final yearprojects, 30+ Masters projects and several PhD projects. Further I have been external examiner for both, undergraduate and post graduate programmes, edited two books in the area of advanced data/text analysis and published over 30 peer-reviewed academic papers at conferences and journals. I have worked with more than 20 different SMEs on approximately 30 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, aiming to improve their information technology requirements. As entrepreneur I have been involved in a few ventures but more recently with Bioxplor and their information extraction of bio medical data, and my own start-up called Wordalytics which has gone live in 2018.

Most importantly however, I am husband to my beautiful wife Glenda and father to the three most active and most beautiful boys in the world.


Over the past 15 years I have lectured a vast array of modules focusing on advanced data analysis related areas such as Business Intelligence, Data Exploration and Pre-Processing, and Text and Web Content Mining.


I have published nationally and internationally more than 30 peer reviewed papers over the past few years in a mixed set of areas such as public transportation, virtual learning environments, educational technologies and advanced data/text analysis.

External Examiner

External Examiner tasks are hugely interesting as they provide insights into other third level academic examination policies and procedures. I have been external examiner on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for Trinity College Dublin, Sligo IT, Athlone IT, National College of Ireland and the College for Computer Training and Limerick IT (current).

SME Consultancy

Mainly through Enterprise Ireland's funding scheme known as 'Innovation Vouchers', I had the pleasure working with more than 20 SMEs and start-ups. This was/is considerably important to me as it ensures that I am in touch with what happens in industry and don't just teach out of a text book.

Entrepreneurial Activity

I am currently involved with two start-ups: (1) Bioxplor who work on information extraction of bio medical data and (2) Wordalytics which provides an analytical service to website owners and developers.

Book Publications

I have edited two books namely "RapidMiner: Data Mining Use Cases and Business Analytics Applications" and "Text Mining, Web Mining, and Visualization Use Cases Using Open Source Tools" both published by Chapman & Hall/CRC.


When I am not working, I spend time with my family in Co. Cavan or at our holiday home in Co. Donegal. If time permits I love kite surfing and SUPing. I am also a keen skier and hiker.



After completing my PhD at Trinity College Dublin I started lecturing at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown where I am part of a core team who delivers a fully online MSc in Computing in Business Intelligence and Data Mining. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students at QQI levels 8, 9 and 10.

  • Administrative

    Over the past 13 years I have been a member of various programme development boards, academic council, and the postgraduate subcommittee. Externally I've given nationally and internationally invited talks and workshops, and served as external examiner.

  • Conferences

    I have been a core member of the ITT conference team, several TPCs at national and international level and also technically reviewed many books, journal papers and conference papers


I have worked with many companies over the past 20 years. Recently I focused on working with SMEs and Start-ups under the Enterprise Ireland funded Innovation Voucher scheme. Under this programme I have had the pleasure to work with over 20 companies on a wide array of IT related issues. This part of my career is hugely important to me as it ensures that I am not just teaching out of a text book but that I have first-hand experience as to what industry requires in terms of methodologies, technologies and IT requirements. The following summarises roughly the areas of consultancy work carried out.

Web Application Development

  • Basic & Dynamic Websites
  • Bespoke Web Applications
  • Online Payment Integration
  • Website Audits
  • Website Project Management
  • Template Creation

Data Related

  • Text Mining
  • Data Mining
  • Web Mining
  • Database Design & Development
  • Data Audits
  • Data Quality Assessments
  • Data Analysis Project Management

General IT

  • Software Development
  • IT Audits
  • IT Training
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • User Experience and User Interface

Entrepreneurial Activities

Over the years I have been involved in a number of start-ups. Mainly via the Innovation Voucher scheme. Currently I am supporting Bioxplor in terms of strategic data science development of the company's innovative web application. I am also working on my own start-up which provides an automated analysis service to website owners and developers.
Wordalytics Ltd.


The following is a subset of more recent publications. Click here to obtain a complete list of publications.
  • Hofmann, M. and A. Chisholm (Eds.) (2015) Text Mining and Visualisation – Case Studies using Open-Source Tools. Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, USA.
  • Hofmann, M. and R. Klinkenberg (Eds.) (2013) RapidMiner: Data Mining and Business Application Use Cases. Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, USA.
  • Hofmann, M. and G. Muntean (Eds) (2014), Towards the Internet of Things: Issues, Challenges and Approaches, Proceedings of the 13th Information Technology and Telecommunication Conference, ISSN: 1649-1246.
  • Causer S. and M. Hofmann (2014) Comparison of Video Game Classification Schemes Utilising Web Mining Techniques, 13th International Information Technology and Telecommunication Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Colton D. and M. Hofmann (2014) Automated Detection of Cyberbullying, 13th International Information Technology and Telecommunication Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ryan J. and M. Hofmann (2014) Sentiment Versus Polarity within Tokens and Sentences, 13th International Information Technology and Telecommunication Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Tsatsoulis, C. and M. Hofmann (2014) Focusing on Maximum Entropy Classification of Lyrics by Tom Waits. Proceedings of 4th IEEE International Advance Computing Conference, New Delhi, India.

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