Barry Smyth

Digital Chair & Professor of Computer Science at University College Dublin & Founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics

  • Co-Founder of HeyStaks
  • Former Chief Scientist for Amdocs
  • Former Chief Technology Officer of ChangingWorlds
  • Appointed an Honorary Doctor of Technology by Robert Gordon University
  • Named Researcher of the Year by the Science Foundation Ireland
  • Member of the Royal Irish Academy & Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Barry Smyth is a force to be reckoned with in the realms of data science, computer science and artificial intelligence. His career exemplifies the perfect marriage of academic excellence and the successful translation of theoretical concepts into impactful industry solutions. This unique blend makes him an ideal keynote speaker, capable of enthralling and inspiring audiences while offering valuable insights into the ever-evolving world of technology. Barry’s achievements are undeniable, he holds esteemed positions such as a Fellow of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His prolific research career boasts over 400 peer-reviewed papers, 13,000 citations and numerous awards recognising the groundbreaking nature of his work. Additionally, he currently holds the Digital Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin and has previously led prestigious research centres like the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, demonstrating his strong leadership within the academic realm.

But Barry’s impact extends far beyond the ivory tower. He is a true innovator, having co-founded successful companies like ChangingWorlds and HeyStaks. This entrepreneurial spirit exemplifies his ability to translate research into tangible commercial solutions, bridging the gap between theory and practice. This real-world experience adds an invaluable layer of depth to his presentations, allowing him to offer audiences insights that go beyond abstract concepts. Furthermore, Barry’s expertise in commercialisation is widely recognised. Awards like the ISA’s inaugural award for Outstanding Academic Achievement highlight his impressive track record of transforming research into market success. This expertise extends beyond his ventures, as he actively serves as an advisor and investor in the Irish startup scene. His involvement in the entrepreneurial ecosystem allows him to stay at the forefront of technological advancements and identify emerging trends.

Therefore, Barry Smyth’s keynote addresses promise to be engaging and insightful. He possesses the rare ability to tailor his talks to diverse audiences, ensuring everyone grasps the key concepts and implications of AI and data science. His deep knowledge and engaging communication style will captivate listeners, while his forward-thinking approach will shed light on the latest trends and potential disruptions in these fields. Most importantly, Barry’s talks will not only inform but also inspire. He will discuss the ethical considerations of AI and the practical applications of data science in a way that motivates and empowers audiences to embrace these technologies responsibly and productively. With his exceptional blend of academic pedigree, industry experience, and engaging communication skills, Dr. Barry Smyth stands as a truly remarkable keynote speaker, guaranteed to leave a lasting impact on your audience.

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