The Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin (UCD), today announced the launch of a new and collaborative €4 million artificial intelligence (AI) research project with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, the multinational electronics company headquartered in South Korea.
The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, DCU, and other partner institutions. The €75 million Research Centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a wide range of industry partners.
The collaborative research project announced today aims to leverage deep data science and AI expertise at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, including machine learning, user modelling, and recommender systems, to enable Samsung create smarter products and more personalized experiences tailored for its customers and users.
The 3-year research project will be led by Professor Barry Smyth, Dr Aonghus Lawlor and Associate Professor Neil Hurley and will involve a team of over 25 researchers and highly-skilled staff from Samsung and UCD, and will result in the establishment of 12 new research posts at UCD.
A key feature of this collaborative project will be the transfer of research skills between staff at Samsung and UCD. In addition there will be career placement opportunities at Samsung’s research facilities in the UK and in South Korea for the talented pool of computer and data science students from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.
Speaking today, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, Professor Orla Feely said, "I warmly welcome today’s announcement of this exciting new research collaboration between Samsung and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCD. This research project will leverage UCD’s internationally recognised strength and expertise in recommender systems which will underpin new artificial intelligence applications for Samsung’s customers and users. The announcement also reinforces UCD’s strategy of building a portfolio of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships with international industry partners, such as Samsung, to deliver global impact."
Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland added, "SFI Research Centres such as Insight are a driving force for linking industry with world-class researchers in Ireland. Science Foundation Ireland strongly welcomes this collaboration between our researchers and their international peers. Internationalisation is an increasingly vital aspect of research and this new agreement clearly demonstrates that Irish research is highly regarded across the globe. We look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaboration: the development of cutting-edge technologies, enhanced training opportunities for Irish students and mutually beneficial sharing of expertise."