TU Dublin School of Computer Science greatly welcomes the announcement of an investment of over €100 million in six new SFI (Science Foundation Ireland) Centres for Research Training. Whilst TU Dublin is a partner in three of the six SFI Centres, the School of Computer Science is involved in two of these new research Centres with one current and two former TU Dublin School of Computer Science Professors securing funding as the Principal Investigators. In what is being hailed as one of the most significant research investments of its kind in Ireland it will provide funding for over 700 PhD's in the areas of machine learning, AI, data science and ICT. The new centres will bring together the higher education sector and industry to develop and deliver innovative programmes of research and training for postgraduate students.
As a principal investigator for the Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning Professor Sarah Jane Delany who is the current Assistant Head of the School of Computer Science here at TU Dublin City Campus was present at yesterday’s announcement. She was joined by former DIT School of Computing colleague Prof. Brian McNamee (UCD) who will take the lead in the new Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning. Former DIT School of Computer Science Professor John Kelleher who now works as an Academic Leader at TU Dublin will be a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research Training in Digitally Enhanced Reality. Professors Delany and Kelleher were just two of three researchers who secured funding from TU Dublin alongside Prof Max Ammann from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Speaking about the announcement Professor Delany said
'I am delighted to be involved in the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning which will address the urgent industry demand, in all sectors, for machine learning experience. I look forward to working with my colleagues from the other universities and our industry partners to deliver world class talent in machine learning.'
Operating on a thematic basis in terms of skills needs, the first SFI Centres for Research Training will focus on the area of ‘Data and ICT Skills for the Future’. The SFI Centres for Research Training are now open for recruitment, and postgraduate students across the country are encouraged to apply for this innovative programme which will build on research excellence in Ireland.
Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, said: “The level of investment in this programme is significant, and demonstrates SFI’s commitment to ensuring that future generations of Irish PhD students are well trained in the important field of data analytics and its application to business, health, agriculture etc.”
For more information on the SFI Centres for Research Training programme, visit: www.sfi.ie/funding/funding-calls/centres-for-res-training
For more Information on the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning (ML-Labs), visit: https://ml-labs.ucd.ie/