Professor Barry O’Sullivan of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, 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.

Prof O’Sullivan is Director of [email protected] 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.

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.

Insight’s CEO Oliver Daniels welcomed the announcement saying, “It’s an extraordinary achievement for Insight with two of its researchers being recognised in this way. We are producing research of real note and value academically, and this accolade will certainly increase our attractiveness to industry which is so important in today’s research environment, and it will also help in attracting the best and brightest researchers to our Centre. I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Barry and his team in [email protected]

UCC’s Vice President for Reserch and Innovation, Professor Anita Maguire said, “Prof Barry O’Sullivan is clearly a thought leader in his field internationally, as evidenced by external recognition in multiple prestigious fora; we are delighted to see his excellence, commitment and contribution nationally and globally recogni
sed and honoured by this award.” This is the fifth time a researcher associated with University College Cork has been recognised in this way.

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