Insight is one of Europe’s largest data analytics research organisations, with over 450 researchers, more than 220 industry partners and €150+ million in funding. Its research spans Fundamentals of Data Science, Sensing and Actuation, Scaling Algorithms, Model Building, Multimodal Analysis, Data Engineering and Governance, Decision Making and Trustworthy AI.

It undertakes high impact research in data analytics that has significant benefits for the individual, industry and society by enabling better decision making. All of the centre’s research is informed by its vision: Empowering Citizens. Smarter Societies.

Insight is made up of four host institutions DCU, University of Galway, UCC and UCD. Insight’s partner sites are Maynooth University, Tyndall, TCD and UL.

Research Challenges

  • Fundamentals of Data Science
  • Sensing and Actuation
  • Scalability
  • Multimodal Data Analysis
  • Data Engineering and Governance
  • Decision Making

Application domains

Most of the work of Insight’s 450+ researchers can be applied in one of these four key application domains:

  • Augmented Human
  • Smart Enterprise
  • Smart Communities
  • Sustainability

Insight’s mission and leadership vision are to continually advance the relatively nascent discipline of data science in an industry informed manner to ensure that Ireland continues to be a leader in the ongoing global trend of digitalisation. This is achieved by bringing together recognised world class research leaders in core data analytics research topics.

Insight’s expertise covers the whole data value chain, from the integration of multiple heterogeneous data sources to discovering patterns and trends in data and making explainable sense of them.


  • Abtran
  • Acquis BI
  • AIB
  • Analog Devices
  • ARUP
  • Aspire Academy
  • Avaya
  • Aviva
  • Boston Scientific
  • Curtiss-Wright
  • Eagle Alpha
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Flashpoint
  • Fujitsu
  • GAA
  • Huawei
  • InsulCheck
  • IRFU
  • Irish Times
  • Keepak
  • NitroSell
  • Orreco
  • Rubicoin
  • SAP
  • Shimmer
  • Stryker
  • Transpoco
  • UTRC
  • Xperi

Education & Public Engagement is a strategic priority for Insight, and its vision is to build an empowered, scientifically engaged, inclusive and creative society, underpinned by a commitment to involve citizens in data science and embed a culture of engagement within Insight.

The centre’s EPE activities include working with community groups on the development of engaged research projects that are relevant and applicable to that community, engaging with students and youth groups of all ages to undertake stimulating STEM activities and visiting schools nationwide, especially in geographically isolated areas.

Key Contact Details

Prof Noel O’Connor
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Breda Kiernan
Chief Operating Officer

Pat Dempsey
Head of Business Development

Prof Tomás Ward
Dublin City University

Dr Brian MacNamee
University College Dublin

Prof Barry O’Sullivan
University College Cork

Prof. Edward Curry
University of Galway