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Dr Nikola S. Nikolov is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) at the University of Limerick where he has been an academic faculty member since 2001. Dr Nikolov is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Visual Analytics and Communication and the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed research papers in network visualization and data mining, including articles in Discrete Applied Mathematics, Journal of Big Data, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Journal of Medical Internet Research, and other journals. As a co-head of the Big Data and Analytics Research Group (BDARG), Dr Nikolov has organised more than 20 BDARG talks at UL with speakers from various Irish and international academic organisations and software companies. Dr Nikolov has worked as a principle investigator on research projects funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Research Council, as well as a supervisor of PhD students funded by the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI, the China Scholarship Council, the Ministry of Education of Libya and the government of Saudi Arabia. Since 2016, Dr Nikolov has been awarded three Erasmus+ mobility grants for establishing long-term collaboration between Laboratoire Systèmes Intelligents et Applications at University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Morocco and BDARG. Since 2006, Dr Nikolov has acted as a course director of nine different CSIS programmes, most recently the software development and data analytics skill-conversion programmes at UL funded by Irish Springboard in the period 2015-2019. Dr Nikolov has been actively involved in the design and delivery of data science related modules to various M.Sc. and B.Sc. programmes in UL, including the Irish Skillnet-supported national M.Sc. in AI (delivered online) and the M.Sc. in Business Analytics.