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Manufacturing the future

CONFIRM CENTRE | Barry O' Sullivan, Rupal Srivastava, Martin Hayes

Join this panel discussion which will focus on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in manufacturing and the impact that these technologies could have on the future of work and society as a whole.

Manufacturing, as we know it today, is almost unrecognisable from the factories and production lines of the first industrial revolution. The adoption of technologies such as collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence continue to radically transform the way goods are produced and how human workers engage with the manufacturing process. This event will bring together a panel of experts from CONFIRM (the Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre for smart manufacturing based at the University of Limerick, Ireland) and other organisations (to be announced) to discuss technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Robotics as well as the impact they have had (and could potentially have in the future) on the manufacturing sector, the people working within it and wider society.

This event will be a panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.


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Barry O’ Sullivan

University College Cork

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, FEurAI, FIAE, FICS, MRIA, is an award-winning academic working in the fields of artificial intelligence, constraint programming, prescriptive analytics (operations research), ethics, and public policy. He contributes to global Track II diplomacy related to disruptive emerging technologies. He is a graduate of the University of Limerick and University College Cork. Professor O’Sullivan is a full professor at the School of Computer Science & IT at University College Cork. He is the founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC, Principal Investigator at the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing, and Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI. He is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Australia. In July 2018 Professor O’Sullivan was appointed Vice Chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI, supporting Pekka Ala-Pietilä, former President of Nokia, as Chair. In 2019 the HLEG-AI published: Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI (April) and Policy & Investment Recommendations for Trustworthy AI (June). In 2019 he joined the Scientific Board of AI Watch, an initiative of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. In 2020 he was elected a member of the Executive Council of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and was also appointed Chair of the Oversight Board of Health Data Research UK (North), led by the University of Liverpool.

Rupal Srivastava

Athlone Institute of Technology Ireland

Dr. Rupal Srivastava is currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow – co-fund SMART4.0 at the SFI Confirm Smart Manufacturing Centre, Ireland. She completed her Ph.D. in Solid Mechanics and Design from the Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur, where she worked on Active Composites and Smart Materials. Currently, she is working on Memory Alloys and their integration with Smart Wearables, Digital Twin of a Manufacturing Pilot Line, and as an investigator on the Social Impact Study of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Dr. Srivastava has received several notable international accolades, including the Sakura Research Fellowship, and the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship.

Martin Hayes

University of Limerick, Ireland

Martin Hayes is professor of Digital Technologies and academic lead for the UL@Work project at the University of Limerick, (UL). This Human Capital Initiative, together with its sister Cyberskills and REEdI projects means that UL has been successful in securing in excess of 20 €Million to support workplace based Education and upskilling for Irish Industry in the strategically important areas of Smart Manufacturing, Cybersecurity and the use of eXtended Reality for operator training.

Prior to this appointment, Martin served as Head of the Electronic & Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at UL.

Martin is a funded investigator with Confirm, the SFI funded institute for Smart Manufacturing Research in Ireland.

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