New cross-border collab to boost innovation in AI and IT

  • The ADAPT Centre at Dublin City University (DCU) and the BT Ireland Innovation Centre (BTIIC) at Ulster University have formed a partnership to foster future research and development in future technologies.

    The new collaboration will focus on three main areas: exchange programmes for staff and students; joint research projects; and collaborative seminars and conferences to encourage information exchange.

    Since 2015, the ADAPT Centre has had over 400 research publications from its international collaborations with over 50 research institutions across 50 countries. Likewise, BTIIC’s research and innovation programme, with a strong focus on AI and IoT, has yielded technical outputs that underpin significant job creation by BT in Northern Ireland.

    Both organisations have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will centre on AI, intelligent systems, image, video and voice processing, visual computing, machine learning, and privacy and security.

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    Professor Andy Way, Deputy Director of ADAPT, said: “We have a long track record of engagement with Ulster University but today’s signing signals a new strategic approach to our engagement in light of the ‘Shared Island Fund’ initiative announced by the Irish Government this week.”

    The Irish Government has committed a total of €500m in capital funding over the next five years, to invest in a more connected, more sustainable and more prosperous island.

    The new MoU between ADAPT and BTIIC aims to support north-south and east-west academic research mobility, innovation, and skills and talent development which will enhance the profile and international impact of research across the island of Ireland.

    “This agreement adds another strand to DCU’s partnership with Ulster University across a number of projects, including the development of the Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor," added the President of Dublin City University, Professor Daire Keogh.

    "Through cooperative actions like these, universities are demonstrating their pivotal role in support of the Shared Island initiative, and their potential to address strategic cross-border challenges."

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