The AI Ireland podcast explores the applications and research of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on the island of Ireland. Our mission is to increase the use of AI for the benefit of our society, our competitiveness, and for everyone living in Ireland.
E56 Dr. Jamie McGann and Dr. Johann Issartel, Co-Founders at MoveAhead
In today's episode, our guests are Dr. Jamie McGann and Dr. Johann Issartel, who are the co-founders of MoveAhead, a university spin-out company from DCU and the ADAPT Centre. Their mission is to transform the way children interact with technology by powering third-party EdTech, digital games and movement learning experiences that get young people moving the ‘right’ way.
MoveAhead is motivated by the results of their widely published studies which found that modern children are increasingly sedentary and have poorly developed movement skills. This has serious consequences for both health and cognitive outcomes. MoveAhead tackles this issue by marrying a deep understanding of how children move, with state-of-the-art computer vision, machine learning and AI techniques.
In this episode, Johann and Jamie discuss:
How MoveAhead came about
The importance of movement development in childhood
The factors impacting skill acquisition for the current generation
The affordances that their tech has to offer
Future goals for the company
E55 Dr. Pepijn van de Ven, Senior Lecturer at University of Limerick
In today’s episode, we discuss the University of Limerick’s part-time and online Masters in Artificial Intelligence, Ireland’s largest masters programme in AI, with the course director Dr. Pepijn (Pep) van de Ven.
UL started this Masters programme in the autumn of 2018 in close collaboration with ICT Skillnet, ICHEC and a large number of Irish industries with an interest in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This programme is unique in Ireland in that it was developed fully from scratch based on industry needs and requirements for upskilling the Irish workforce in AI and machine learning. Moreover, the programme was developed with fully online delivery in mind and this has shown to be a key strength of the programme.
It may be of interest to our listeners to know that the UL MSc in AI starts with a Certificate in AI that is delivered together with ICHEC. This Certificate forms an integral part of the masters but results in a separate qualification. It allows participants to dip a toe in the water before committing to the full masters programme. In this certificate, students will take part in two modules, which prepare them for the rest of the masters, but also provide a good overview of what it means to work with machine learning. This Certificate also allows UL to consider candidates that may not normally have access to a masters degree programme and many students have made use of this opportunity already.
In this podcast, some past and current students also provide feedback on the programme.
Prof Mike O’Riordain, one of the students from the first cohort who graduated recently, speaks of the importance of peer interaction and how such interaction is fostered within the programme. He also mentions the unique ethics element of the UL course and that students should be prepared to work hard, but that UL supports students with a well-structured programme.
Fabiola Faria, a current student on the programme tells me about the opportunity she has had in the Certificate part of the course to learn about Python and refresh her maths skills and knowledge. She also has some good advice regarding the necessity to have a good study plan and keep time for family and friends.
Colin Byrne, who also recently graduated from the course, mentions the opportunities he believes the Masters in AI will give him in his career and speaks of how the UL course supported him in getting back into the routine of studying after 20 years in industry. Colin is also very positive about how the UL course makes peer learning and communication central to the learning experience and sees this as a big plus for the UL course.
You can learn more about UL’s part-time, online Masters in AI on the UL website at: www.ul.ie/gps/artificial-intelligence-msc-online or by contacting Pep at firstname.lastname@example.org. As students on this course are normally entitled to Skillnet funding, please also check www.ictskillnet.ie/training/national-msc-in-artificial-intelligence-online/ for information on this financial support.
Applications for this programme will open in June 2021.
E54 Introducing the Alsessor AI Accelerator with Tangent’s Ken Finnegan & Altada’s Allan Beechinor and Niamh Parker
In this special episode, host & founder of AI Ireland Mark Kelly is joined by Ken Finnegan CEO at Tangent - Trinity College Dublin’s Ideas Workspace as well as Allan Beechinor & Niamh Parker, co-founders at Altada Technology Solutions as they discuss the launch of the Alsessor AI Accelerator.
Tangent and Altada have formed a partnership to create an accelerator program supporting early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs in the growth and commercialisation of their businesses. This partnership aims to ultimately embed the initiative in the AI start-up ecosystem and create cornerstones for ambitious, global-reaching businesses.
In the show, you will learn more about:
The motivation for setting up the Allessor AI Accelerator
The goal of bridging the gap between PoC to AI in production
The partners that have helped bring it all together
How to successfully apply and scale AI in your business
What they look for in applicants to join Alsessor
Sectors that will benefit the most from the accelerator programme
Tangent and Altada's specific roles in helping to build Alsessor
The importance of data privacy
How you can get involved
Alsessor is now inviting applications for the program which will run for a consecutive five months starting in January 2021, with at least 18 face to face gatherings by way of organised workshops and events.
Applications are open until December 18th, 2020. Applications can be requested and submitted via email email@example.com or visit their website www.alsessorai.com to find out more.
E53 Tom Halton, CEO and Executive Director at HMHmmmmm Ltd.
Tom Halton, CEO and Executive Director at HMHmmmmm Ltd. joins Mark Kelly on the AI Ireland podcast to discuss the current state of AI and Data Science in modern society, what excites him the most in the future of AI, the role of regulation and ethics & what he loves about AI Ireland
E52 Kieran McCorry, National Technology Officer at Microsoft Ireland
Kieran McCorry, National Technology Officer at Microsoft Ireland discusses interesting initiatives around education & inclusivity, helping businesses deliver a better customer experience, successful examples of AI and cloud services in the industry & what to expect at the AI Awards
E51 Liam McKenna, Partner at Mazars Ireland
Liam McKenna, Partner at Mazars Ireland joins Mark Kelly on the AI Ireland podcast to discuss interesting innovations he is seeing in the digital world, helping clients adhere to the data privacy regulations and why they got involved in the AI Awards
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Super Podcast! Great to see Ireland doing amesome work in AI
Ai is one of the hottest and most discussed topics of this decade. AI in Action brings a great mix of people together with very different point of views. All together it creates a lovely rounded and intriguing insight into AI.
Love listening to this podcast. As a newbie to AI and data science, I find it very easy to listen to and learn more about the current AI trends. Also like that they're kept short too, I find with others I tend to switch off after 20 minutes. Thanks for launching this podcast Mark, I look forward to hearing more!