UCD to become test bed for smart cities research with IBM

Pictured: Prof Andrew J. Deeks UCD; Dr Eleni Pratsini, IBM Research-Ireland and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English

12 November 2015

IBM and University College Dublin (UCD) are to collaborate on research into technologies for the next generation of smart and sustainable cities.

The programme, based at UCD’s O’Brien Centre for Science, will focus on applying cognitive computing technologies to augment human decision making and delivering the next level of advanced collaboration between people and computers.

Applications will cross a wide-range of disciplines with global impact including agriculture, connected cars, healthcare management and personalised care, smarter energy and transportation.

Among the key priorities for the research is developing and evaluating cognitive computing applications in the ‘mini-city’ of UCD’s Belfield Campus, providing deeper understanding and optimisation of a city’s entire infrastructure.

For example, researchers will apply prediction and optimisation technologies to study the dynamics of connected cars, integrating mobile applications, energy management and monitoring the results to transform the planning and economic management of sustainable transportation.

“Through our research collaboratory with IBM, we aim to develop and evaluate technologies here at UCD that will expand our capabilities to deliver innovative IoT solutions to Ireland and around the world,” said UCD President Prof Andrew J. Deeks.

In personalised care and healthcare management, research teams will be able to study and improve social and healthcare planning and delivery.

These cognitive technologies are intended to augment collaborative decision-making between medical experts and end users, in more natural ways, by learning through interaction and overcoming limitations posed by big data in care management.

A pilot project on smarter buildings, fusing cognitive computing with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, will employ sustainable energy design and operation approaches to evaluate and improve energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This will be integrated with environmental, water and transportation solutions on the campus to deliver cost savings and environmental benefits at UCD.

“This is an opportunity to share our cognitive research expertise, deep analytics capabilities, and open standards to help transform the systems, operations and service delivery in UCD and across the globe”, said Dr Eleni Pratsini, Director IBM Research-Ireland. “UCD’s track record, combined with its ongoing innovative approach to education and new business creation, makes it an ideal location for our research collaboration.”

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