Insight’s Professor Barry O’Sullivan named Researcher of the Year 2016

Insight’s Professor Barry O’Sullivan has been named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year 2016. This is the second time an Insight director has been awarded researcher of the year since the centre was established in November 2013 and it’s the fifth time a researcher from UCC has been recognised in this way.

Prof O’Sullivan is Director of Insight@UCC. His research interests include artificial intelligence, constraint programming, operations research and decision analytics. He was recently elected deputy president of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), the world’s largest association for AI. He is a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence and a recipient of the international Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award. In 2015 Silicon Republic recognized him in Ireland’s Sci-Tech 100: A galaxy of science and technology stars and as one of 10 experts unlocking the secrets of big data in the information age.

A keen advocate of the ethical application of data science and artificial intelligence research, Professor O’Sullivan heads up Insight’s Magna Carta for Data Project. In September, he spoke for the second time at the United Nations Headquarters in New York about artificial intelligence and data analytics in the context of sustainable development.

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