Edward McDonnell, Director, National Centre for Applied Analytics & AI

Edward McDonnell is the Director of the National Centre for Applied Analytics & AI www.ceadar.ie The Centre which is funded by EI and the IDA has over 80 member companies across a wide span of industries. The Centre’s primary focus is on delivering industry prototypes, technology demonstrators and state-of-the-art reviews. The CeADAR Centre won i-Spaces accreditation from the EU’s BDVA in 2018 and is the EU designated Digital Innovation Hub for AI in Ireland. CeADAR is a founder along with NextGeneration of the annual European Data Science and AI Awards. Prior to being appointed Director of CeADAR, Edward was European Director of Innovation & Technology Research at Fidelity Investments. The role involved prospecting for FinTech technology and investment opportunities across Europe, understanding developments in the European innovation ecosystem, and directing technology trials. Edward has also held various technical and global senior management roles in the Office of Strategy and Technology at Hewlett-Packard Europe based in England. Edward has a PhD in Analytics and AI from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the IEE & ICS, and is the named inventor on 76 granted patents. He has been awarded several international prizes including the Scientific American top 50 technologies that demonstrate outstanding leadership, Grand Award and Overall Winner for Innovation, Popular Science (USA), Horizon Award “10 Cool Cutting Edge Technologies”, Computer World (USA).

Vincent McCarthy, CEO, Curiosity Studio

Vincent is CEO at the Curiosity Studio, which is a creative consultancy and design studio that specialises in connecting clients and audiences with the latest in science and technology. He is the Co-founder and CEO of The Festival of Curiosity, which is a four-day festival that merges cutting edge arts, science, technology and design together in playful, curious and surprising ways for all ages to enjoy. Over 55,000 people attend 100+ events across 14 city centre venues over four days and four nights every July in Dublin, Ireland. Vince previously was the Curator of Dublin City of Science 2012 at the Irish Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser. He worked with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a consultant on science and technology projects in Mozambique. He was a contributor for RTÉ Young Peoples on Science and Technology and features regularly on Irish radio shows

Kieran McCorry, National Technology Officer, Microsoft

Kieran McCorry is the National Technology Officer for Microsoft in Ireland and has worked in the technology industry for over 29 years. He is responsible for representing Microsoft to broad audiences in Ireland covering technology leadership, AI, trust, technology vision, strategic alignment, and policy. He has worked across many sectors of the technology landscape including those of collaboration, social media, analytics, mobility, privacy, the Internet of Things, innovation, digital transformation, and intellectual property development. He is a frequent speaker at worldwide conferences and has been a regular contributor to various industry publications. He is the author of four books on messaging technology and holds several patents. He also holds a variety of degrees in computer science, law, and corporate governance.

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC, and the SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, FEurAI, FIAE, FICS, MRIA, is an award-winning academic working in the fields of artificial intelligence, ethics, and public policy. He also contributes to various Track II diplomacy efforts related to AI and applications of consequence at geopolitical and economic levels. Professor O’Sullivan is the founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC, Principal Investigator at the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing, and Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI. He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia. Professor O’Sullivan is vice chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI. In 2019 the HLEG-AI published: Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI (April) and Policy & Investment Recommendations for Trustworthy AI (June). In 2019 he joined the Scientific Board of AI Watch, an initiative of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre tasked with monitoring the uptake of AI in Europe. Professor O’Sullivan is a Fellow and current President of the European AI Association. Amongst other roles Professor O’Sullivan is: member of the Executive Board of AI4EU the European AI-on-demand Platform; Irish NCP for the CLAIRE Initiative; a judge on the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE; and Expert Advisor to the Shanghai AI Technology Association. He advises the AI Alliance in The Netherlands (ALLAI) and the Computational Sustainability Network, a network of universities in the USA, led by Cornell, involving Princeton, Stanford, CMU, Georgia Tech, and others. In 2019 he was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee.

Dr. Abigail Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Dr. Abigail Ruth Freeman was appointed Director of Strategy and Communications in 2013, and following department restructure in 2018, became Director of Science for Society. Prior to her current appointment Ruth has held a series of positions at Science Foundation Ireland, including Director of Innovation, Communications & Education and Director of Programmes, Enterprise and International Affairs, with responsibility for overseeing all Science Foundation Ireland research funding programmes and management of funded awards, as well as the Foundation’s activities in conjunction with industry and international partners. Ruth joined Science Foundation Ireland as a Scientific Programme Manager in November 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ruth worked as a researcher at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She holds PhD and Bachelor degrees in Genetics from TCD, where she was awarded a Trinity scholarship, the Eli Lilly Chemistry Prize and the Roberts prize for Biology. Ruth’s PhD research, on population genetics in hybrid zones, was funded by a prestigious studentship from the Wellcome Trust and was carried out at TCD and ILRI, Nairobi.

Dave Lewis, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin

Dave Lewis is an Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin and the head of its Artificial Intelligence Discipline. He is also Deputy Director of the ADAPT SFI Research Centre for Digital Content Technology. He leads ADAPT’s programme of industry collaborative research and its multidisciplinary research theme on Data Governance. His research focuses on the use of open semantic models to manage the Data Protection and Data Ethics issues associated with digital content processing. He has led the development of international standards in AI-based linguistic processing of digital content at the W3C and OASIS and is currently active in international standardisation of Trustworthy AI at ISO/IEC JTC1/SC42.

Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive, NSAI

Geraldine Larkin has been Chief Executive of NSAI since March 2017. Prior to this, Geraldine was the Irish regulator in diverse industries including the private security sector. As the first regulator of the private security industry, Geraldine drew heavily on Irish and European standards including in the areas of security guarding, electronic security and cash conveyancing in order to regulate the developing industry. She subsequently oversaw the development of further mandatory standards for specialist aspects of private security services. Previously a career civil servant, she held a diverse portfolio of policy responsibilities including in the areas of policing, crime, anti-drug trafficking, criminal law, human rights and European law. She represented Ireland in various EU and International committees in these subject matter areas. Geraldine holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA – Technology) from the Open University. She was elected and remains a member of the CENELEC Administrative Board since November 2017.

Laura Nolan, Software Engineer

Laura Nolan has been a software engineer in industry for over 15 years and focuses mainly on reliability in complex distributed systems. While working at Google Laura was asked to contribute to work to enable Project Maven, a ML project to automatically extract intelligence from military drone footage. Concerned by the implications of this technology, Laura left Google. She now campaigns against autonomous weapons as a member of ICRAC, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. Laura holds an MSc in Advanced Software Engineering from University College and a BA(Mod) in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a part-time postgraduate student in ethics at Dublin City University.

Barry Lowry, Chief Information Officer, Irish Government

Barry Lowry has been the Chief Information Officer for the Irish Government since April 2016 with the primary task of taking forward the Public Service ICT and eGovernment Strategies. These set out ambitions for developing the use of shared services, digital services and data to better serve the people of Ireland and ensure that Ireland is well-placed to benefit from European initiatives such as the Digital Single Market. Barry was previously the Director for IT Shared Services and Strategy and Head of the IT Profession within the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Barry is a Fellow of the Irish and British Computer Societies and is a former winner of the BCS Northern Ireland IT Professional of the Year.

Colin Kane, Director of Customer Analytics, Bank of Ireland.

Colin Kane is Director of Customer Analytics at Bank of Ireland. Colin has over 12 years’ experience in Data and Analytics, 6 + years as a Senior Leader, across a range of Financial Services areas including risk and marketing. Colin has both a commercial and technical mind-set with an MSc in Finance and an MSc in Computer science. Colin is currently responsible for driving data driven decision making and powering personalised customer engagements through the use of Machine Learning and AI. Colin manages a team of over 25 data scientists, analyst and engineers.

Pepijn van de Ven, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Limerick (UL)

Pepijn van de Ven is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, at the University of Limerick (UL). Pepijn received an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2000. He subsequently worked for Philips Research Laboratories investigating new RF front-ends for 3G handsets. In 2002 Pepijn obtained an IRCSET award to pursue a PhD at UL on the ‘Identification and Control of Marine Vehicles Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques’. After finalizing his PhD in 2005, Pepijn had several postdoctoral positions in the area of technologies for ambient assisted living before becoming a Senior Research Fellow in 2007. In 2018 he joined UL’s teaching staff as a Senior Lecturer. Pepijn has secured numerous national and international research awards totalling more than €1.7 million in funding to UL and is currently UL lead on the UK-MRC funded PROACTIVE project with King’s College London and the University of São Paulo.
Pepijn’s research interests are the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to mobile sensing for biomedical applications with a particular focus on the area of eMental Health. Furthermore, Pepijn has a keen interest in mobile app development for Android.


Oisín Boydell, Principal Data Scientist, CeADAR

Oisín Boydell is Principal Data Scientist at CeADAR, Ireland’s national centre for applied data analytics and AI at University College Dublin. His primary interests include deep learning and machine learning, as well as a specific focus on blockchain technology. Oisín leads CeADAR’s applied research group which delivers industry focussed research projects in collaboration with industry partners across a broad range of technology areas.