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Please join us on Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 24th August to celebrate 20 years since the establishment of DERI – Digital Enterprise Research Institute and ten years since the establishment of Insight – SFI Research Centre for Data Analysis.

It will be an opportunity to welcome alumni and friends to the University of Galway to meet, network and explore collaborations over two days.

Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan, Galway, H91 AEX4

Day 1: Insight Data Connections – Seizing the Data Opportunity through Collaboration
August 23rd, 2023.

10:00 - 10:30

Registration & Coffee

10:30 - 10:45

MC: Carmel McGroarty Mitchell, Insight

Welcome to Insight
Prof. Walter Gear, Executive Dean of the College of Science and Engineering
Prof . Noel O'Connor, CEO, Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics

10:45 - 11:15

Industry Collaboration Showcase
Overview and examples of the research in Insight Galway
Prof. Edward Curry

Introduce the Interest Groups objectives: Carmel McGroarty Mitchell, Insight

11:15 - 12:30

Interest Groups: Industrial Challenges for Big Data and AI

  • Generative AI o Industry Chair: Karl Flannery, CEO, Storm Technology
    o Insight Research Lead: Dr James McDermott
  • Trustworthy Decisions and Bias o Industry Chair: Joe Smyth, SVP of R&D, Digital and AI at Genesys o Insight Research Lead: Dr John McCrae 
  • Digital Transformation of Healthcare  o Industry Chair: Caitriona Walsh, Country President and Managing Director Novartis Ireland
    o Insight Research Lead: Prof. Edward Curry

12:30 - 13:00

Discussion with the Industry Chairs on feedback from Interest Groups  Moderator: Carmel McGroarty Mitchell

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Posters & Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland Tours

14:00 - 15:00

Horizon Europe Funding Opportunities Work Programme 23/24

Stephen O’Reilly
National Representative for Horizon Europe Cluster 4 - Digital at Enterprise Ireland

  • Destination 3: World-leading Data and Computing Technologies
  • Destination 4: Digital & Emerging Technologies for Competitiveness and Fit for the Green Deal
  • Destination 6: A human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies

15:00 - 15:45

Horizon Europe Collaboration Showcase

Dr Aiden Flanagan, Senior R&D Fellow, Boston Scientific
Sean Ahearne, Senior Research Scientist, Dell Technologies
Aidan O Mahony, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Dell EMC
Andrew Marsh, Technology Business Development Executive, IBM Research
Dr Martin Serrano, Insight Research Lead, Internet of Things

15:45 - 16:15

Open Discussion on Horizon Europe CL4-Digital, Industry and Space Calls 2024

Maria Smyth & Stephen O’Reilly

16:15 – 16.30

Closing remarks 

Prof. Edward Curry/Carmel McGroarty-Mitchell

18:00 – 20:00 

Join us for an evening of networking, refreshments and an entrepreneurial panel:

The PorterShed evening event is a great opportunity to network and connect with like-minded professionals in the industry. It provides a platform to showcase new ideas, explore potential collaborations, and gain valuable insights. Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, or simply interested in the startup ecosystem, this event promises to be informative and engaging. It is a chance to build relationships and expand your network. We look forward to welcoming you all to this meaningful exciting evening event at the PorterShed! Our expert panel includes:

  • Rachel Kavanagh, Chief Marketing Officer, Siren
  • Gearoid Hynes, Head of Product, CitySwift 
  • Emma Meehan, Founder, Precision Sports Technology
  • Arik Elberse, CEO & Founder, Ancient Oak Ventures 
  • Prof John Breslin, University of Galway  

Moderator: Carmel McGroarty Mitchell, Insight

Venue: PorterShed, Market Street, Galway, H91 TCX3

Day 2: August 24th, 2023 - The Semantic Picnic- An Alumni and Friends Gathering

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 9:50

Welcome to the Semantic Picnic

Paul Dodd, VP Engagement, University of Galway & Edward Curry, University of Galway

9:50 - 10:40

Directors Panel

Jim Browne, Emeritus Professor and former President University of Galway

  • Stefan Decker, Fraunhofer FIT
  • Manfred Hauswirth – online, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences
  • Edward Curry, University of Galway
  • Paul Buitelaar, University of Galway


Presentation by Stefan Decker

11:00 – 11:20


11:20 - 12:10

Retrospective Panel: Research and Academic

Alessandra Mileo, DCU

  • Andre Freitas, IDIAP & University of Manchester
  • Adegboyega Ojo, Carelton University
  • John McCrae, University of Galway
  • Choudhury Smitashree, UnitedHealth Group

12:10 - 13:00

Retrospective Panel: Industry and Start-up

Carmel McGroarty-Mitchell, University of Galway

  • Bianca Pereira, ThinkingCafe
  • Sean O’Riain, Fidelity Investments 
  • Ronan Fox, ICON
  • Piyush Yadav, Collins Aerospace

13:00 - 13:20

Education and Public Engagement: Past and Future Brendan “Speedie” Smith, University of Galway

13:20 - 14:00

Lunch + Museum Tours + Networking

14:00 - 14:50

Future Panel: Data for Health and Wellbeing

Paul Buitelaar, University of Galway

  • Andrew Simpkin, University of Galway
  • Mona Isazad, Maynooth University
  • Niamh Hynes, Galway Clinic
  • Conor Judge, University of Galway

14:50 – 15:10


15:10 - 16:00

Future Panel: Data for a Sustainable Society

Niall Ó Brolcháin, University of Galway

  • Lukasz Porwol, University of Galway
  • Heike Felzmann, University of Galway
  • Martin Serrano, University of Galway
  • Sampritha Manjunath, University of Galway

16:00 - 16:15

Closing remarks

Brian Wall, University of Galway & Edward Curry, University of Galway

16:15 – 17:45

Museum Tours

18:00 - 19:00

Semantic Picnic BBQ at College Bar

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