Dr Rudi Villing

Electronic Engineering, Hamilton Institute, ALL Institute

- Programme Director BSc Robotics&Intelligent Devices

Engineering Building
(01) 708 6328


Rudi is a lecturer and researcher with the Maynooth University department of Electronic Engineering. He holds a first class honours B.Eng. (Electronic Engineering) from Dublin City University and a PhD. (Engineering) from NUI Maynooth. After graduating from Dublin City University, Rudi spent the next 10 years working in the telecommunications software industry and specializing in the field of Telecommunications Management Networks and software systems architecture.

Rudi is a member of the Hamilton Institute and the Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) institute at Maynooth University and an official collaborator in Connect, the SFI Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. His primary research interests are autonomous mobile robotics, sensing and actuation for health and wellbeing, and applications of real-time intelligent systems to communications and other areas.

His key skills include system design and integration, real time and embedded software systems, machine learning, autonomous behaviour, signal processing, communications, and psychoperception. 

His research has been funded by awards from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and the European Commission.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Vasiliu L.; Cortis K.; McDermott R.; Kerr A.; Peters A.; Hesse M.; Hagemeyer J.; Belpaeme T.; McDonald J.; Villing R.; Mileo A.; Capulto A.; Scriney M.; Griffiths S.; Koumpis A.; Davis B. (2021) 'CASIE - Computing affect and social intelligence for healthcare in an ethical and trustworthy manner'. Paladyn, 12 (1):437-453. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Cochen De Cock V.; Dotov D.; Damm L.; Lacombe S.; Ihalainen P.; Picot M.C.; Galtier F.; Lebrun C.; Giordano A.; Driss V.; Geny C.; Garzo A.; Hernandez E.; Van Dyck E.; Leman M.; Villing R.; Bardy B.G.; Dalla Bella S. (2021) 'BeatWalk: Personalized Music-Based Gait Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease'. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Garzo A.; Silva P.; Garay-Vitoria N.; Hernandez E.; Cullen S.; Cochen De Cock V.; Ihalainen P.; Villing R. (2018) 'Design and development of a gait training system for Parkinson's disease'. PLoS ONE, 13 (11). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Palomo-Navarro Á.; Farrell R.; Villing R. (2015) 'Combined FRM and GDFT filter bank designs for improved nonuniform DSA channelisation'. Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Timoney J.; O'Leary S.; Czesak D.; Lazzarini V.; Conway E.; Ward T.; Villing R. (2015) 'The BeatHealth project: Application to a ubiquitous computing and music framework'. Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 17 (4):29-52. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 McLoone, S., Villing, R., O'Keeffe, S. (2015) 'A Novel Smart Device Student Response System for Supporting High Quality Active Learning in the Engineering and Science Disciplines'. 7 . [Full-Text]
2015 Palomo, A., Villing, R., and Farrell, R. (2015) 'Practical Non-Uniform Channelization for Multistandard Base Stations'. ZTE COMMUNICATIONS JOURNAL, 9 . [Full-Text]
2015 Seamus McLoone, Rudi Villing and Simon O'Keeffe (2015) 'A novel smart device student response system for supporting high quality active learning in the Engineering and Science disciplines'. All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (AISHE-J), . [Full-Text]
2015 McLoone, S.C., Villing, R. and O’Keeffe, S. (2015) 'Using mobile touch devices to provide flexible classroom assessment techniques'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOBILE HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION (IJMHCI), . [Full-Text]
2011 Villing, RC; Repp, BH; Ward, TE; Timoney, JM (2011) 'Measuring perceptual centers using the phase correction response'. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73 :1614-1629. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Ward,T, Monaghan, K, Villing, R (2007) 'MyVLE: A case study in building a universal telematic education environment for a small university'. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPEN, DISTANCE AND E-LEARNING, I . [Full-Text]
2005 Ringwood J.; Devitt F.; Doherty S.; Farrell R.; Lawlor B.; McLoone S.; Rogers A.; Villing R.; Ward T. (2005) 'A resource management tool for implementing strategic direction in an academic department'. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 27 (2):273-283. [DOI] [Full-Text]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2022 Yao Z.B.; Douglas W.; O’Keeffe S.; Villing R. (2022) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Faster YOLO-LITE: Faster Object Detection on Robot and Edge Devices [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 Mozafari B.; O'Shea N.; Fenelon M.; Villing R. (2022) 2022 33rd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2022 Towards Image Processing-based Quantification of White Particles in Reconstituted Infant Formula [DOI]
2022 Konrad, A; Eising, C; Sistu, G; McDonald, J; Villing, R; Yogamani, S (2022) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 17TH INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON COMPUTER VISION, IMAGING AND COMPUTER GRAPHICS THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (VISAPP), VOL 4 FisheyeSuperPoint: Keypoint Detection and Description Network for Fisheye Images [DOI]
2022 Konrad A.; McDonald J.; Villing R. (2022) Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks VGQ-CNN: Moving Beyond Fixed Cameras and Top-Grasps for Grasp Quality Prediction [DOI]
2019 O'Keeffe S.; Villing R. (2019) 30th Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2019 A lightweight region proposal network for task specific applications [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 O'Keeffe S.; Villing R. (2018) 29th Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2018 Evaluating Extended Pruning on Object Detection Neural Networks [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 O’Keeffe S.; Villing R. (2018) Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) A benchmark data set and evaluation of deep learning architectures for ball detection in the robocup SPL [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 O'Keeffe S.; Villing R. (2018) 18th IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions, ICARSC 2018 Evaluating pruned object detection networks for real-time robot vision [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Simon O'Keeffe and Rudi Villing (2017) Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference . In: McDonald, John and Markham, Charles and Winstanley, Adam C eds. Evaluating Quantized Convolutional Neural Networks for Embedded Systems Maynooth, Ireland, [Full-Text]
2016 O' Keeffe, S; Ward, TE; Villing, R (2016) 2016 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SYSTEMS AND COMPETITIONS (ICARSC 2016) Improving Task Performance through High Level Shared Control of Multiple Robots with a Context Aware Human-Robot Interface [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Wu, FZ; Villing, R (2016) 2016 27TH IRISH SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS CONFERENCE (ISSC) FPGA Based FRM GDFT Filter Banks [Full-Text]
2015 Wu F.; Palomo-Navarro Á.; Villing R. (2015) 2015 26th Irish Signals and Systems Conference, ISSC 2015 FPGA realization of GDFT-FB based channelizers [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Villing R.; Czesak D.; O'Leary S.; Lazzarini V.; Timoney J. (2015) DAFx 2015 - Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects Approaches for constant audio latency on android [Full-Text]
2014 McLoone S.; O'Keeffe S.; Villing R.; Brennan C. (2014) IET Conference Publications Evaluation of a smartphone-based student response system for providing high quality real-time responses in a distributed classroom [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Keenan, T. and Villing, R. (2013) ISSC 2013, June 20-21 2013, LYIT Letterkenny Optimizing Area Power Consumption in LTE type Cells [Full-Text]
2012 Palomo, A., Villing, R., and Farrell, R. (2012) 23rd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, Maynooth, Ireland Efficient Channelization for PMR+4G and GSM Re-Farming Base Stations [Full-Text]
2012 Keenan, T. and Villing, R. (2012) 23rd Irish Signals and Systems Conference, Maynooth, Ireland Maximising spectral efficiency in LTE cells [Full-Text]
2011 Navarro A.; Keenan T.; Villing R.; Farrell R. (2011) Proceedings - IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications Non-uniform channelization methods for next generation SDR PMR base stations [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Kelly, D., R. Behan, R. Villing and S. McLoone (2009) In Proceedings of the IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference Computationally tractable location estimation on WiFi enabled mobile phones [Full-Text]
2008 Gao, L., Palomo, A., Villing, R. and Farrell, R. (2008) CISDR 2008 Workshop Opportunities and Challenges for SDR in Next Generation TETRA Systems [Full-Text]
2008 Farrell, R. and Villing, R. (2008) SDR 08 Technical Conference and Product Exposition Rationale for a clean slate radio architecture [Full-Text]
2008 Palomo, A., Villing, R. and Farrell, R. (2008) SDR 08 Technical Conference and Product Exposition Software defined radio architectures evaluation [Full-Text]
2006 R. Villing, T. Ward and J. Timoney, (2006) Proc. IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference Performance Limits for Envelope based Automatic Syllable Segmentation [Full-Text]
2006 Monaghan, K., Villing R. and Ward T. (2006) IEE Irish Signals and Systems Conference MyVLE: An Engineering-centric e-learning Platform [Full-Text]
2005 Soraghan, C., Ward, T., Villing, R., Timoney, J. (2005) 3rd European Medical & Biological Engineering Conference (EMBEC '05) Perceptual Centre correlates in Evoked Potentials [Full-Text]
2004 Timoney, J., Villing, R., and Ward, T. (2004) Irish Signals and Systems Conference, 2004 Locating Discontinuities in Synthetic Speech using a Perceptually Orientated Approach Queen's University, Belfast, [Full-Text]
2004 Villing, R., Timoney, J., Ward, T. and Costello, J. (2004) Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC 2004) Automatic Blind Syllable Segmentation for Continuous Speech [Full-Text]
2004 Devitt, F; Villing, R; Ringwood, JV; Monaghan, K; Ward, T (2004) Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Web-Based Education Degree extension for technicians (DEFT) [Full-Text]
2003 Hogan, R., Timoney, J., Villing, R., Ward, T., Robertson, I., (2003) Third Annual Information Technology and Telecommunications Conference Localization of speech synthesis systems for Irish voice web operations [Full-Text]
2003 Robertson, I., R. Hogan, J. Timoney, T. Ward and R. Villing (2003) National University of Ireland Maynooth Postgraduate Colloquium An Irish Gaelic Speech Synthesiser
2003 Monaghan, K., Villing, R., Devitt, F., and Ward, T. (2003) Third Annual Information Technology and Telecommunications Conference The DEFT programme at NUI Maynooth: e-learning for IT&T
2003 Villing, R., Ward, T., Timoney, J. (2003) Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC 2003) P-Centre Extraction from Speech: the need for a more reliable measure [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2016 Rudi Villing, Joseph Timoney, Victor Lazzarini, Sean O’Leary, Dawid Czesak, and Tomas Ward (2016) International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 14th Biennial Meeting BeatHealth: a platform for synchronizing music to movement in the real world San Francisco, USA, .
2015 Timoney J.; Villing, R.; Lazzarini, V.; Conway, E.; and Czesak, D; (2015) BINI 2015 - 21st Annual Conference of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland The BeatHealth Project: Considerations When Moving Technology from the Lab to the Wider World Maynooth, Ireland, .
2016 Villing, R.; Timoney, J.; Czesak, D.; O’Leary, S.; Lazzarini, V.; Ward, T. (2016) Motor Behavior and Emotion International Congress Movement and music: the BeatHealth mobile technology platform Lille, France, .
2016 Timoney, J., Czesak, D., O’Leary, S., Ward, T., &, Villing, R. (2016) Motor Behavior and Emotion International Congress Inertial sensors for kinematic analysis: some insights from recent experience Lille, France, .
2016 Buhmann , J., Moens, B., Lorenzoni, V., Villing, R., & Leman, M. (2016) Motor Behavior and Emotion International Congress Shifting the musical beat to influence running cadence Lille, France, .
2011 Villing, R. (2011) 13th International Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop Neuroelectric correlates of the P-centre Leipzig, Germany, .
2007 Villing, R. and Ward, T. and Timoney, J. (2007) Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop, 2007 A review of P-Centre models Wicklow, Ireland, . [Full-Text]
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