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CeADAR: Ireland's Centre for Applied AI

Hub Information

Hub Name
CeADAR: Ireland's Centre for Applied AI
Local Name
CeADAR: Ireland's Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
International

Description

CeADAR is a not-for-profit one-stop shop for innovation, applied R&D and translational R&D in all aspects of AI, Machine Learning and Data Analytics

CeADAR provides proofs of concept, market-ready solutions, support to find funding and investment, training programmes, ecosystem networking in Ireland and Europe, and access to our powerful in-house computing resources.

The Centre has an extensive catalogue of technology demonstrators, IP and AI technology reviews, which are all immediately available for evaluation by  members.

The Centre is also the focal point of a thriving data analytics ecosystem delivering seminars, conferences, and members’ networking events throughout the year.

CeADAR is a not-for-profit one-stop shop for innovation, applied R&D and translational R&D in all aspects of AI, Machine Learning and Data Analytics

CeADAR provides proofs of concept, market-ready solutions, support to find funding and investment, training programmes, ecosystem networking in Ireland and Europe, and access to our powerful in-house computing resources.

The Centre has an extensive catalogue of technology demonstrators, IP and AI technology reviews, which are all immediately available for evaluation by  members.

The Centre is also the focal point of a thriving data analytics ecosystem delivering seminars, conferences, and members’ networking events throughout the year.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
CeADAR - National Centre for Applied AI
http://www.ceadar.ie
Year Established
2012
Location
Belfield Office Park, Unit9, 4, Dublin (Ireland)
Website
https://www.ceadar.ie/
Social Media
Contact information
Edward McDonnell
edward.mcdonnell@ucd.ie
+353(0)873339777

Organisation

Organizational form
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Turnover
1.000.000-5.000.000
Number of employees
50-100

Technologies

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Cyber security

The most salient national initiative to digitise industry is a €500 million Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) created by the National Development Plan (NDP) under Project Ireland 2040. 

The Fund will:

  • Be implemented through the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) and its agencies, working with other Government Departments and agencies;

  • Have a resource allocation of €0.5bn over the period 2018-2027 consisting of an initial Exchequer allocation of €180 million to 2022;

  • Be competitive and see investment in the research, development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications on a commercial basis;

  • Drive collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base and industry as well as facilitating enterprises to compete directly for funding in support of the development and adoption of these technologies.

Disruptive technology is [defined as] that which has the potential to significantly alter markets and their functioning and significantly alter the way that businesses operate. While it involves a new product or process, it can also involve the emergence of a new business model. Disruption is about the combination of technology and business model innovation.

The combination of science, technology and innovation and this targeted funding mechanism is the manner in which disruptive technology will help achieve the National Strategic Outcomes (NSOs) set out in Project Ireland 2040, in particular National Strategic Outcome 5 (A Strong Economy supported by Enterprise, Innovation and Skills).

Proposals are expected to address the development, deployment and commercialisation of one or more disruptive technologies to deliver new solutions through investment in the development and implementation of new products and services. Ultimately, the projects funded will create the jobs of the future.

 

The above is from:  https://dbei.gov.ie/DTIF

Market and Services

Sectors

  • Agriculture and food
  • Maritime and fishery
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Energy and utilities
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Tourism (incl. restaurants and hospitality)
  • Transport and logistics
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration
  • Education
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Community, social and personal service activities
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Financial services

TRL Focus

  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Aurora

  1. Client profile:

A collaboration between Boeing Research & Technology Europe SLU headquartered in Spain; CeADAR, in Ireland; CRIDA (CENTRO DE REFERENCIA INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION ATM, A.I.E.), in Spain; and, Flightradar24 AB.

  b. Client needs:

Assessed the operational efficiency of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. The new metrics were developed with the aim of encapsulating the airspace users’ operational objectives, considering fuel consumption, schedule adherence and cost efficiency of the flights.  A new stream-based data model was created and tested for ATM decision-making based on real-time performance monitoring of user-centric efficiency indicators, where the airspace users could take an active role.

c.    Provided solution to meet the needs:

This project created advanced metrics to assess the operational efficiency of the ATM system. These new metrics were developed with the aim of encapsulating the airspace users’ operational objectives, considering fuel consumption, schedule adherence and cost efficiency of the flights. User-preferred trajectories were defined as references for performance analysis purposes. AURORA also proposed metrics to measure how fairly the inefficiencies in the system are distributed among the different airspace users.


The other main research area consisted of exploring and testing techniques borrowed from the data science and information management fields for the collection and aggregation of data. These techniques allowed AURORA to propose a new framework for ATM decision-making based on real-time performance monitoring of user-centric efficiency indicators, where the airspace users could take an active role.


AURORA validated all these advanced user-centric efficiency metrics (and the methods to obtain them) at European and local level by comparing them with current Flight Efficiency indicator used by the Performance Review Commission. AURORA also assessed the benefits for the performance-oriented operational concepts (e.g. SESAR) of using the real-time ATM performance monitoring framework to identify opportunities to improve system efficiency and better cater for the users’ operational needs.


The innovative method to assess the metrics were based on defining a generic advanced trajectory-based airline cost model that captured, to the extent required for air traffic efficiency assessment, the impact of different aspects of the trajectory (e.g. fuel burn or departure and arrival times) on the airlines’ operational costs. The model was characterized by not requiring sensitive information from the airspace users and by the fact that it was applicable to both recorded and streaming data.

SmartSeg

  1. Client profile:

Business intelligence and analytics

  1. Client needs:

Innovative and advanced methods for the automated segmentation  and visualiion of customer databases so that a business decision-maker can investigate scenarios without requiring the services of a costly data-analytics consultant.  

  1. Provided solution to meet the needs:

A toolbox of IP in the form of software algorithms, software libraries, and application know-how that resulted in the commercial development of an intelligent segmentation facility within a Business Intelligence system.  The toolbox provided a high-performance segmentation mechanism that can operate on high-volume transactional data sets and produce user-friendly segment descriptions.

 

Real Value

  1. Client profile:

The RealValue consortium is a partnership which had the full participation and commitment from the whole energy supply chain. The consortium included: technology developers (BEGGY, Glen Dimplex, Intel); energy system modelling specialists (UCD, DIW, RTU); energy market specialists (VTT); socio-economic experts (Oxford University); electricity network operators (ESBN, EirGrid) and energy utilities (MVV, SSE). RealValue was designed to accelerate innovation and develop business models necessary for small-scale storage, allowing it to form an integral part of the future EU energy landscape.

b. Client needs:

RealValue aimed to demonstrate how local small-scale energy storage, optimised with advanced ICT, could bring benefits to market participants throughout EU.

c. Provided solution to meet the needs:

Smart Electric Thermal Storage (SETS) was deployed in physical demonstration trials in 1250 homes in Germany, Latvia and Ireland but the analysis also considered other storage technologies and energy vectors, including integration with district heating and micro-generation.

SETS is a direct replacement for existing electric thermal storage heaters and water tanks with a combined load of 55GW across the EU. It also replaced direct electric resistance heaters with further connected load of 93GW. To validate the physical demonstrations at large scale, RealValue used modelling & virtual simulation to demonstrate the technical and commercial potential in millions of homes across representative EU regions.

Thorough research studies are an integral part of RealValue and included techno-economic and behavioural analysis that could inform EU regulation and policy decision makers.

RealValue developed business models to quantify the potential of small-scale storage as an aggregated controllable load. It provided system services or release value through price arbitrage within existing energy market structures, and highlighted any barriers associated with integration into the electricity grid.

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships

Customers

Number of customers annually
>50
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Partners

    Last updated: 20/10/21 11:39