CeADAR and Kinesis Health Technologies Win Awards at Inaugural Data Science Awards

CeADAR, the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research, and Kinesis Health Technologies, have each won Awards at the inaugural Data Science Awards held yesterday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

CeADAR won the Team of the Year for Academic Research Award, sponsored by Dun & Bradstreet, while Kinesis Health Technologies won the Best Start-up of the Year, sponsored by CarTrawler.

CeADAR, funded by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, is a market-focused technology centre for the innovation and application of big data analytics and visualization with industry partners.

Led by University College Dublin (UCD), in partnership with UCC and DIT, CeADAR specialises in accelerated development and deployment of technologies such as data management, predictive analytics, machine learning, real time analytics and visualisation.  CeADAR is headquartered at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at UCD.

Data Science Awards 2016 - CeADAR
Members of CeADAR, winner of the Team of the Year for Academic Research Award, Shen Wang, Oisin Boydell, Jing Su, Edward McDonnell and David Haughton 

Kinesis Health Technologies, a health technology start-up and a UCD spin-out, was co-founded by Dr Barry Greene and Seamus Small, and is also headquartered at NexusUCD. The company’s QTUG™ system, a patent-protected proprietary technology, is registered as medical device, and assesses the risk of falls in older adults.

Data Science Awards 2016 - Kinesis
Dr Barry Greene , Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, Kinesis Health Technologies, winner the Best Start-up of the Year Award with Bronagh Riordan, Head of Data Science & Business Intelligence, CarTrawler 

The Data Science Awards, attended by over 200 industry leaders and specialists, was spearheaded by Next Generation Recruitment in association with CeADAR andcelebrated the wealth of talent in the Data Science sector in Ireland and highlighted the bright future of Data Science and its vast relevance to all Irish business.

Speaking at the event, Linda Davis, CEO, Next Generation said, “Data Science is now impacting nearly every aspect of our lives and the cornerstone of these awards is about putting Ireland on the global map as a hub for innovation in cutting edge technology.”

Dr Edward McDonnell, Director, CeADAR and co-founder of the Awards said, The CeADAR centre is delighted to be part of this great initiative in recognising and celebrating Ireland’s talent in the field of Data Science. So many companies are centering their global analytics centres of excellence here because of this wealth of talent and expertise and this event celebrates this bright future for the industry.”

He added, “I am in addition delighted that CeADAR won the Best Team Academic Research Award as it is a great testimony to the hard work and dedication of the CeADAR team in making novel breakthroughs in data science that are contributing to solving major challenges for our industry members.”

Dr Barry Greene, CTO and co-founder, Kinesis Health Technologies said, “We are delighted to receive the Best Start-up of the Year Award at the inaugural Data Science Awards in recognition for our product, which we believe is at the cutting-edge in terms of predictive analytics in healthcare.”

The winners of the four other 2016 Data Science Awards were;

Data Scientist of the Year (Sponsored by Optum), Winner: Dave Sheehan, AIB

Student of the Year (Sponsored by Deutsche Bank), Winner: Kevin Brosnan, University of Limerick

Multinational Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by Accenture Digital), Winner: Pramerica

Indigenous Irish Company of the Year(Sponsored by Pegasus), Winner: Corvil.

Closing the event Laura Kennedy, Head of Data Science Recruitment, Next Generation, said, “Until recently the value of data has not been recognised. However, businesses big and small are now moving into a digital age by harvesting this data and incorporating it into their decision making throughout their business. The DatSci Awards, we believe, will be one of the building blocks for Ireland to become the European Data Science Hub.” 

The Data Science Awards were sponsored by; title sponsor, Optum; silver sponsors, Accenture Digital, Deutsche Bank, Dun & Bradstreet, CarTrawler, Pegasus and Zalando; associate sponsors, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.


23 September 2016

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications Manager (Innovation), e: miceal.whelan@ucd.ie, t: + 353 1 716 3712 or Aisling White, Fuzion Communications, e: aisling@fuzion.ie.

Editors Notes

Next Generation is an international specialist recruitment company with a proven track record of sourcing and selecting best fit talent. The recruitment services offered are tailored to the client‘s talent attraction strategy and the candidate‘s career expectations and goals. Its experienced recruitment teams select best fit solutions in order to provide the talent that companies need to give their organisation a competitive advantage. www.nextgeneration.ie/

The Technology centres such as the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research (CeADAR) serve the interests of industry by conducting programmes of applied research, of commercial interest to specific sectors. To facilitate this merging of industrial need and academic know-how, EI and IDA conducted an industry consultation period of over one year to identify the most pressing needs in Data Analytics which informed a Detailed Description of Needs (DDN). In response to this DDN, a team of researchers from UCD in partnership with UCC and DIT proposed to establish a new Technology Centre within this domain because of the economic importance of this area nationally. This data analytics Centre, CeADAR was established in November 2012. www.ceadar.ie

Kinesis Health Technologies is an award-winning health technology start-up company. Kinesis is a spin-out of a large ageing research centre, the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre at University College Dublin. QTUG™, a patent-protected proprietary technology is a registered medical device and has been validated as part of an extensive programme of top-tier internationally peer-reviewed research in Falls Prevention over the past eight years. www.kinesishealthtech.com

NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre, where both CeADAR and Kinesis Health Technologies are headquartered, is located in Belfield Office Park, Clonskeagh, adjoining the main University College Dublin campus. CeADAR and Kinesis Health Technologies are located a NexusUCD offers high-quality modern office space, with short, medium or long term occupancy arrangements, and associated services to established innovation-led companies who are collaborating, or wish to collaborate, with UCD’s world-class research base. By locating at NexusUCD companies benefit from close proximity to and interaction with UCD academics and researchers. www.ucd.ie/nexusucd