Professor Peter Kennedy has been elected President of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor Kennedy is a Principal Investigator at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks, at Tyndall National Institute in Cork.
He is the first RIA President from University College Cork and succeeds historian Professor Mary E. Daly who was elected as the Academy’s first female President in 2014.
The Royal Irish Academy, established in 1785, is Ireland's leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities.
A graduate of UCD and the University of California at Berkeley, Peter Kennedy is Professor of Microelectronic Engineering at UCC and is one of Ireland’s leading engineers. He received the inaugural Parsons Medal in the Engineering Sciences from the Irish Academy of Engineering in 2001 and was elected as a member of the Academy in 2004. He won UCC’s Invention of the Year Award in 2011 and led the development of the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards in 2014/15, an initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. His research has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council.
He has over 350 research publications (including four patents) in the fields of oscillator design, hysteresis, neural networks, nonlinear dynamics, chaos communication, mixed-signal test, and frequency synthesis. He has also worked as a consultant for SMEs and multinationals in the microelectronics industry and is founding Director of the Microelectronics Industry Design Association (MIDAS Ireland) and the Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI). He won UCC’s Invention of the Year Award in 2011 and led the development of the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards in 2014/15.
He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 1998 “for contributions to the theory of neural networks and nonlinear dynamics and for leadership in nonlinear circuits research and education.”
CONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks.