UCC’s Barry O’Sullivan elected Fellow of prestigious global AI bodyBlathnaid O’Deaon April 27, 2022 at 10:33 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


University College Cork’s (UCC) Barry O’Sullivan has been elected a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). This is the first time an academic based at an Irish university has been recognised in this way.

O’Sullivan was one of 10 individuals globally given the prestigious honour. He is currently an elected member of the AAAI’s Executive Council. As well as this, he has also been elected Fellow of the Asia-Pacific AI Association last week.

He is known for his contributions to the field of constraint programming, as well as his leadership within the AI community.

O’Sullivan is chair of Constraint Programming at UCC’s School of Computer Science and Information Technology.

He is also the founding director of both the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at UCC and the SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence.

“I am honoured to receive this recognition and become a Fellow of AAAI which has been a life-time ambition of mine,” O’Sullivan said. “I owe huge thanks to all my colleagues and students at Insight, my collaborators at home and abroad, and especially my family.”

The academic also paid tribute to his mentor, Prof Eugene Freuder, adding that it had been “an honour to contribute to the field of artificial intelligence over the last two decades.”

He has had a number of leadership positions in the AI community internationally. He was vice chair of the European Commission’s high-level expert group on AI which developed Europe’s Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. He is a Fellow and a past president of the European AI Association (EurAI).

O’Sullivan also advises Cornell University’s Computational Sustainability Network and the Belgian Leuven.ai institute.

Congratulating O’Sullivan on his award, UCC president, John O’Halloran, said it was a “global recognition” of his “very significant contribution to the advancement, awareness, education and research in artificial intelligence to make our world a better place and in securing our future.”

In 2020, O’Sullivan joined a colleague from Helsinki to launch a free online course called Elements of AI at SiliconRepublic’s Future Human event.

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