DCU is a leader in data analytics with over 100 researchers active in the field. Our core expertise comes from being one of the lead institutions in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Insight is a national research initiative funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and is one of Europe’s largest data analytics research organisations, with 400+ researchers nationally, more than 40 industry partners and over €88 million of funding. The mission and vision of Insight is “to undertake high impact research in data analytics that has significant benefits for the individual, industry and society by enabling better decision making”. Insight has a broad research focus including – personal sensing, connected health, media analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), recommender systems and natural language processing.
Insight@DCU focuses on two key areas – Media Analytics and Personal Sensing.
DCU’s data scientists develop computer programmes to automatically analyse images and video to understand the content. The team has a growing focus on using Deep Learning, a machine learning technique modelled on the human brain, that allows computers to automatically identify what is in pictures faster and more accurately than ever before. These Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions are transforming the industry bringing new levels of accuracy and speed, from face detection in security surveillance through to self-driving cars and robotics. DCU has a growing international reputation in the field of deep learning.
DCU researchers use both off-the-shelf commercial devices and develop new sensors for human sensing applications. Examples include smart sweat sensors for sports athletes, glucose levels in tears for contact lens design and development.