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€50m investment for digital research centre

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€50m investment for digital research centre

€50m investment for digital research centre
January 13
11:54 2016

The Government has announced this morning a €50m expansion of the ADAPT Research Centre for Digital Content Technology at Trinity College, Dublin, in a move that could make Ireland a world leader in the next generation of digital content creation.

The ADAPT centre is to receive just under half of its funding from the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), with the balance of €26m coming from 19 industry partners.

ADAPT will focus on developing next-generation digital content technologies that aim to enhance people’s lives by helping to analyse, personalise and deliver digital content more effectively for businesses and individuals.

The centre will see 200 highly skilled postgraduate students trained over the next six years, and those behind it predicts the investment will lead to the setting up of spin-out companies which themselves will create 300 highly skilled jobs.

The new centre is to be led from Trinity College Dublin with researchers from Dublin City University, University College Dublin and DIT also involved.

The director of ADAPT and professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, Vincent Wade, reminded about the work carried out in the centre :

“ADAPT is a unique research centre focused on the entire value chain of content – from dynamically extracting the meaning from global content streams and translating across language barriers, to personalising the content delivery and facilitating advanced user interaction. Using its world leading expertise, ADAPT is researching new ways for enterprises and individuals to rapidly gain advantage in the competitive global digital marketplace.”

ADAPT is the latest of 12 world class research centres being established here by SFI to launch, and already works with industry partners from large multinationals such as Intel, PayPal, and Huawei, to SMEs such as Air Learning, Iconic and Xanadu, and plans to work with other industry partners to diversify and strengthen its research.

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