Insight is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making.

Insight is driven by €150m in funding, supporting 450 researchers across areas such as Sensing and Actuation, Scaling, Model Building, Multi Modal Analysis, Network Data and Decision Making.

Research Areas

  • Personal Sensing
  • Machine Learning and Statistics
  • Optimisation and Decision Analysis
  • Media Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Linked Data/Semantic Web
  • Recommender Systems


Insight integrates and demonstrates its research across three themes;

  • Augmented Human
  • Smart Enterprise
  • Sustainable Societies

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

Insight offers data analytics solutions for a broad range of industry and other partners in the areas of Health and Human Performance, Enterprises and Services, Smart Communities and Internet of Things, Sustainability and Operations.

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

Industry Partners

  • Abtran
  • Acquis BI
  • Boston Scientific
  • Curtiss-Wright
  • Eagle Alpha
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Fujitsu
  • GAA
  • Guiyang


  • InsulCheck
  • Irish Times
  • Keepak
  • NitroSell
  • Orreco
  • SAP
  • Shimmer
  • UTRC


  • Software lab space
  • Environmental lab space

Education and Public Engagement

EPE is a strategic priority for Insight, underpinned by a commitment to inform and enthuse the public, and students in particular, about data science and its value to society using demonstrators, internships, school outreach and lab visits.

Insights is developing and rolling out a programme for third-level undergraduate students to de-mystify research, demonstrate the wide range of career options for researchers and encourage the choice of research as a career.

In collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, Insight EPE is involved in many local and national events including Thesis in 3, digital maker-clubs such as Coderdojo, 091Labs and Hacker-space.  Insight also organises, in conjunction with the Central Statistics Office, Apps4Gaps, the first all-Ireland mobile app competition.

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

Prof Brian Caulfield
University College Dublin

Prof Barry O’Sullivan
University College Cork

Prof. Edward Curry
University of Galway