Caoilfhionn works in applied research at INSIGHT, NUI Galway. She holds BSc and PhD degrees in the area of Physics and Astronomy from NUI Galway. She was awarded both government (IRCSET) and EU funding (OPTICON) for her PhD research, which involved the computational analysis of astrophysical phenomena. Prior to joining INSIGHT, Caoilfhionn worked as a software engineer for multinationals Nortel and Cisco Systems. She has a strong interest in human language technology, including technology for the Irish language.