Monday, 12 September 2016

Global science and industry leaders meet in Dublin to discuss Ireland's data future

Date: 14/15 September 2016

Time: 9am to 5 pm

Location: The Helix, DCU, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Top data scientists, global industry leaders and up-and-coming researchers will gather in DCU this week to discuss the future of data science in Ireland.

Data science has been identified as a strategic priority for Ireland given the high level world-class research underway in Irish universities. To consolidate and advance this knowledge base, Science Foundation Ireland established the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in 2013. This Centre now comprises over 400 data researchers across four partner institutes, one of the largest data research centres in Europe.

Its global outlook is reflected in the make-up of Insight’s industry and scientific advisory groups, both of which will come together at this week’s event. Attendees will include Intel VP Margaret Burgraff who chairs Insight's Industry Advisory Committee, and Scientific Advisory Committee chair Dr Kenneth M Ford, CEO of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.

These academic and industry leaders are coming to Ireland to get a flavour of the next generation of Irish data research, and will review projects as part of Insight's annual student conference event on Wednesday.

The high level group will also meet and offer advice to the Insight Centre's researchers and leadership team on how Insight should develop both its research and industry collaborations as a part of Ireland’s strategy for global data innovation.

“This event demonstrates that Ireland is continuing to forge ahead in data science,” says Insight CEO Oliver Daniels. “The calibre of our scientific leadership group and industry advisory group points to the confidence we have in Ireland’s data research competitiveness. This week’s event will help us to shape a vision for the next phase of research and industry collaboration at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.”

The Insight Centre will also launch its Data Masterclass Series for Industry at the event. The Masterclasses are short, focused presentations of between 30 and 40 minutes offered by some of Insight’s leading researchers and scientists to our colleagues in industry. The programme can be designed to suit a particular business and they are completely free of charge.

Since its establishment in 2013 the Centre has made significant advances in a range of data research areas from connected health to smart cities to recommender systems. The Centre has secured the largest share of H2020 funding in Ireland and Insight researchers are working with the global data community at the highest level.