UCD Computer Science wins over €34m in Research Grants in 2018-19
The UCD School of Computer Science secured over €34 million in research grants in the financial year just closed. This is over 20% of the UCD total for 2018-19. The grants will support research and innovation within the School and associated Centres over the coming years.
Director of Research, Innovation and Impact for the School, Dr Andrew Hines commented that “cutting edge research costs money and in the current climate, securing competitively awarded research grants remains a challenge. Our success highlights the quality and relevance of proposals developed by researchers based in our School. The breadth of funding sources is impressive with large awards from national and international funding bodies as well as from industry. ”
The School has been successful in the European Horizon 2020 programme with Assoc. Prof. Eleni Mangina achieving a top score of 15/15 for the ARETE project. The Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation led by Ms Cheryl Baker also secured European Commision funding for the FREETOOL project.
Dr Brian MacNamee and Dr Georgiana Ifrim led an inter-institutional proposal for a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training (CRT) - ML-Labs - in collaboration with TU Dublin and DCU. Another Centre for Research Training, D-Real, will have several UCD based PhDs with Computer Science’s Prof. Julie Berndsen acting as the site lead and principal investigator.
Other SFI funded research centres included VistaMilk, led by Prof. Mark Keane, an SFI Research Centre for innovative precision pasture-based dairying in collaboration with Teagasc and other Irish research institutions.
Ireland's largest SFI Centre, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, has been refunded for phase 2 with grant funding apportioned to 13 UCD School of Computer Science staff. The centre is co-hosted by DCU, NUI Galway, UCC and UCD.
Postgraduate students and Postdoctoral fellows have also been successful in securing Irish Research Council funding fellowships.
CeADAR, UCD School of Computer Science, Ireland’s national centre for applied data analytics and AI, led by Dr Edward McDonnell, has secured €12 million in funding from Enterprise Ireland to enhance Ireland’s reputation as a hub of excellence in AI, machine learning, and data analytics research and innovation. New projects grants funded by industry leaders such as Microsoft and Google reinforce existing research relationships within the School, such as ongoing projects with Samsung.
Head of School Assoc. Prof. Chris Bleakley said, “It was a great year for grant wins. The funding will allow the School to deliver on an exciting and ambitious research programme. Well done to all!”