UCC’s Prof Barry O’Sullivan elected fellow of prestigious global AI body

Prof Barry O’Sullivan is the initially academic based at an Irish university to be elected as a fellow of the AAAI.

Prof Barry O’Sullivan of University Higher education Cork (UCC) has been elected a fellow of the Association for the Development of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

O’Sullivan was 1 of 10 people globally supplied the honour this calendar year, in recognition of his “significant contributions” to constraint programming and “outstanding leadership” in the AI group. This is the very first time an tutorial centered at an Irish college has been recognised in this way.

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He is at the moment an elected member of the AAAI’s govt council and was also not too long ago elected fellow of the Asia-Pacific AI Affiliation.

O’Sullivan is chair of constraint programming at UCC’s Faculty of Personal computer Science and Info Technologies.

He is also the founding director of both of those the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Perception Analysis Centre for Details Analytics and the SFI Centre for Investigation Teaching in Synthetic Intelligence.

“I am honoured to acquire this recognition and become a fellow of AAAI, which has been a life span ambition of mine,” O’Sullivan mentioned. “I owe huge thanks to all my colleagues and students at Insight, my collaborators at home and overseas, and in particular my family members.”

The educational also compensated tribute to his mentor, Prof Eugene Freuder, and claimed it has been “an honour to add to the industry of synthetic intelligence about the previous two decades”.

O’Sullivan has held a number of leadership positions in the intercontinental AI neighborhood. He was vice-chair of the European Commission’s superior-stage qualified team on AI, which formulated Europe’s pointers for trustworthy AI. He is also a fellow and a past president of the European Affiliation for AI (EurAI).

As well as his roles at UCC, O’Sullivan advises Cornell University’s computational sustainability community and the Belgian Leuven.AI institute.

Congratulating O’Sullivan on his AAAI nod, UCC president Prof John O’Halloran stated it was a “global recognition” of his “very significant contribution to the progression, awareness, instruction and investigation in synthetic intelligence to make our entire world a much better place and in securing our future”.

At the conclude of 2020, O’Sullivan was awarded 1 of the major computer system science prizes in the planet. He also assisted launch a totally free on-line program called Things of AI at Silicon Republic’s Future Human occasion.

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