CeADAR Strengthens Board with New Appointees

-      Centre now has over 80 industry partners

CeADAR, the Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research, today announced the strengthening of its industry steering board with the appointment of three new board members.

The three new board members are; Cronan McNamara, CEO, Creme Global; Professor Stefanie Lindstaedt, Head, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology and CEO of Know-Center, Austria’s research centre for data-driven business and big data analytics; and Philip Sharpe, CEO, Sonalake.

The role of the board, chaired by Michael Brosnan, who has led multi-national and indigenous technology firms for more than 25 years, is to support the Centre Director in determining the overall vision and strategic direction for the organisation.

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Pictured (l-r) at NexusUCD are; Dr Edward McDonnell, Centre Director, CeADAR, Philip Sharpe, CEO, Sonalake, Cronan McNamara, Creme Global and Michael Brosnan, Chair, industry steering board, CeADAR

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 DIT, CeADAR specialises in accelerated development and deployment of technologies such as predictive analytics, machine learning, real time analytics and visualisation.  CeADAR is headquartered at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre at UCD.

Industry membership of CeADAR has grown significantly in recent years and now totals over 80 industry partners. The latest industry players to become members are Ericsson, Prudential and Vodafone.

Welcoming the new Board members Dr Edward McDonnell, Director, CeADAR said, I am delighted to welcome these three distinguished new members to the board of the CeADAR Centre. Each of them brings an unrivalled wealth of experience in all aspects of data analytics and the international analytics ecosystem which will be of great benefit to the Centre as we shape our strategic plans for the years ahead.”

Cronan McNamara, CEO, Creme Global said, “I am delighted to join the CeADAR board. CeADAR is a vital resource which connects academic research with industry requirements in the important area of data analytics. I am looking forward to working with the team to guide the work programme into the future.”

Professor Stefanie Lindstaedt, Head, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology said, “I am honoured to join the board of CeADAR  which plays a vital role as an innovation engine for Ireland in the area of big data analytics. As I lead a similar centre in Austria I am looking forward to exchanging best practices for professional applied research. I also welcome CeADAR as a member of our European Network of Centres of Excellences in Big Data Research and I look forward to working with CeADAR in shaping the Big Data landscape and the European Data Economy together.”

Philip Sharpe, CEO, Sonalake said, “With its focus on practical industry prototypes, demonstrators and bleeding edge technology reviews, CeADAR is playing a crucial role in bridging third-level research with industry. Our software technology ecosystem needs this intervention and I am delighted to be invited to contribute to the industry steering Board.”


13 February 2017

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

Editors Notes

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, Enterprise Ireland 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 DIT proposed to establish a new Technology Centre within this domain because of the economic importance of this area nationally. CeADAR was established in November 2012. www.ceadar.ie

Prior to founding Creme Global in 2005, Cronan McNamara worked in financial risk analysis and derivative option price modelling with Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Bank. He then moved to Trinity College Dublin where he adapted the same mathematical methods to the food safety sector while developing the science and technology that underpins Creme Global.

Cronan has received the Trinity College Innovation Award (2010) in recognition for the success of Creme Global. Creme Global has been awarded the Deloitte Irish Technology Fast 50 Award and the Deloitte Technology EMEA Fast 500 Award on numerous occasions.

He holds a BSc in Physics from University College Dublin, an MSc in High Performance Computing from Trinity, a postgraduate diploma in International Sales from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a certificate of completion from the CEO Accelerated Growth Programme in the Judge Business School in Cambridge University.

During the last 15 years Professor Stefanie Lindstaedt has been a key figure in making the Know-Center a scientifically renowned organisation with a rapidly growing international network of over 90 scientific organizations and more than 40 industry partners (such as Siemens, Magna Styr, AVL, Infonova (BearingPoint), Hyperwave, APA).

She has an excellent track record in obtaining European Union and Austrian funding (over €44.5 million during the last 10 years) and leading large interdisciplinary research projects and groups. She has published more than 100 scientific papers in conferences and journals and supervised over a dozen of Ph.D. theses.

Stefanie earned her habilitation in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (Austria), where she has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses since 2002. She holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA).

Philip Sharpe is CEO of Sonalake, a software partnering and product development company specialising in open-source technologies. Having developed his career with Ericsson in the mobile communications industry during the 1990s, Philip founded and became CEO of CAPE Technologies, a pioneer and global leader in Revenue Assurance Solutions, acquired by the Sonae Group in 2007.

Philip is active in a number of industry bodies and has supported several technology start-ups and social enterprises. He currently holds directorships in Sonalake, NDRC, Druid Software and Camara Ireland/Techspace.

He is a physics graduate of DCU and a qualified executive coach.

NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre, offers high-quality modern office space, with short, medium or long term occupancy arrangements, and associated services to established innovation-led companies and Centres, such as CeADAR, who are collaborating, or wish to collaborate, with UCD’s world-class research base. By locating at NexusUCD they benefit from close proximity to and interaction with UCD academics and researchers. www.ucd.ie/nexusucd