Last Friday the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. announced details of a €1 million initial investment in a research programme in data analytics. Top-tier multinational and Irish ICT companies will drive the research agenda at the technology centre, called CeADAR (The Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research), in collaboration with academic partners.
The companies involved include eBay, Accenture, Dell, Fidelity Investments, Adaptive Mobile, Climote, Cylon, GBR, HP, Moving Media, Nathean Technologies, Nucleus Venture Partners, and Qumas. The academic partners are University College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin Institute of Technology. This initial research programme is a significant step towards a government funded 5-year investment in a Technology Centre for Data Analytics.
Making the announcement on Friday, Minister Bruton said, “A key part of this Government’s plan for growth and jobs is identifying areas where we believe Ireland has distinct advantages compared to other countries, and taking steps necessary to ensure that we realise our potential for employment in those areas. Data Analytics is one such sector, and the Government believes that between our climate, skills base and existing strengths in ICT, we have the potential to reap substantial benefits in terms of jobs and growth from the global expansion of this sector.”
“Establishing an industry-led technology centre in this sector will ensure that the major research strengths we have built up over the past decade are directed firmly towards viable business ideas and ultimately jobs.”
DIT’s Applied Intelligence Research Centre will lead the Intelligent Analytics Interfaces theme of the CeADAR research programme. This research will focus on developing novel interfaces and tools to put the power of data analytics into the hands of non-expert users – the so called next billion users.
Further coverage of the launch of the centre, including a video, is available on the RTE website at: http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2013/0315/376828-1m-investment-in-big-data-research/