Prof. Pádraig Cunningham


University College Dublin
School of Computer Science and Informatics
Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL)

Key Achievements


Pádraig Cunningham is the lead principal investigator for the overall CeADAR project and is also the principal investigator for theme three - Advanced Analytics.

He has previously worked with the Principal Investigators Barry O’Sullivan (theme two) from UCC and Brian Mac Namee (theme one) from DIT. Padraig has successfully sourced €6.5M in grant income over the last 10 years including Clique, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) strategic research cluster on Network Data Analytics.

Pádraig is Professor of Knowledge and Data Engineering in the School of Computer Science and Informatics in University College Dublin. He has over 15 years’ experience in applications of Machine Learning and Data Mining. He also has experience in network data analysis, supervised machine learning, feature selection and clustering. He has worked on the identification of anomalous patterns in very large volumes of data, initially in email spam detection and more recently in financial fraud detection.

Pádraig has over two hundred peer-reviewed publications with a H-index of 37 and 4700 citations on Google Scholar.

Padraig is (co) inventor on two patents:

  1. Data Quality System USPTO 7281001, Issued Oct 2007. Inventors: Brian Caulfield, Garry Moroney, Padraig Cunningham, Ronan Pearce, Gary Ramsay, Sarah-Jane
    Delany. Original Assignee: Informatica Corporation
  2. Automatic Design Process and Apparatus, USPTO 5555199, Issued Oct 1996.  Inventors: Padraig Cunningham, Barry Smyth, Original Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.

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Some pictures of Padraig and his team from the CeADAR Launch:

Padraig shows Minister and Gearoid Data Analytics Word Cloud  

Padraig explaining the CeADAR word cloud to Minister Bruton and Gearoid Mooney (EI).

Minister Bruton with UCD team: (l-r: Marek Landowski, Professor Padraig Cunningham, Minister Bruton, Oisin Boydell, and Gerard Lynch) 

The UCD team meeting Minister Bruton: (l-r) Dr. Marek Landowski, Professor Padraig Cunningham, Minister Bruton, Dr. Oisin Boydell, Dr. Gerard Lynch