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AI expert Dr Brian Mac Namee named as new Director for Insight SFI Research Centre

Posted 2 May, 2024

(opens in a new window)Dr Brian Mac Namee is the new site director of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at University College Dublin.

An associate professor at the UCD School of Computer Science, his appointment was welcomed by the CEO of the Insight SFI Centre, Professor Noel O’Connor.

“Brian has distinguished himself as one of Ireland's leading machine learning and AI scientists,” he said.

“His work has focused on advancing the underlying fundamental theory of AI and the translation of this into practice to benefit both industry and public stakeholders. The future of Insight at UCD is in good hands."

Speaking about his new role Dr Mac Namee said: ‘I welcome the opportunity to continue collaborating with and supporting the amazing group of researchers working with Insight at UCD. 

“I also look forward to collaboratively defining the research challenges in Artificial Intelligence and data science that we will address in the coming years.’

With a research focus on interactive machine learning methods that place people, and their expertise, at the centre of the model training process, Dr Mac Namee is the co-director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning, Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland, and Director of training at Krisolis Ltd, an Irish data analytics training and consultancy company.

His other areas of academic interest include applications of machine learning in diverse fields such as agriculture, space, medicine and virtual reality.

Before his tenure at UCD, Dr Mac Namee received a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin, and after a period working in industry joined the then Dublin Institute of Technology’s School of Computing where he co-founded the Applied Intelligence Research Centre and was a founding co-principal investigator at the Enterprise Ireland CeADAR Technology Centre for applied data analytics research.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations

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