Welcome to the 10 Year Anniversary

IBM Research Europe - Dublin


IBM celebrates the 10th year anniversary of its research laboratory in Dublin, Ireland. In 2011, it was inaugurated as a Smart Cities Tech Center. A decade later, the lab has flourished into a world class industry research center where scientists and engineers are creating breakthrough technology in AI, Quantum, Security & Privacy, Healthcare and the Future of Computing. Dublin Lab Director, Dr. Ruoyi Zhou is hosting this event not only to celebrate the last 10 years, but also to envision the next 10 years. Join her and many other distinguished guests from IBM, the Irish government, industry and academia.






3 November 2021, 1 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. EST

1:00 - 1:30 Opening
1:00 - 1:05 Welcome statement
Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director IBM Research Europe - Dublin

1:05 - 1:15 Opening Keynote
Dr. John Kelly, Special Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of the IBM Corporation

1:15 - 1:20 Historical video of the Dublin Lab 

1:20 - 1:30 Message from the Tánaiste
Leo Varadkar TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment
1:30 - 4:05

Colloquium: Envision the Next 10 Years

1:30 - 1:35  Colloquium Introduction
Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director IBM Research Europe - Dublin

1:35 - 1:50  Colloquium Keynote: From Bits, Neurons and Quantum Entanglement to Trust, Morals and Human Values
Dr. Ciaran Seoighe, Deputy Director General of the Science Foundation Ireland

1:50 - 2:35   Future of Computing Panel 
What is the future of computing? Where do we stand? Currently there are several paradigm shifts: from programming to training models thanks, to exponential data growth and the corresponding knowledge; democratization of computing, thanks to Moore's Law and cloud; the ability to make sense of data, automatizing processes and IT, thanks to the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence technologies, and the creation of new opportunities, thanks to the emergence of transformational technologies such as quantum. This panel will take a look at how today's most innovative technologies are synergistically coming together to empower and transform key business and industry applications.

Dr. Ciaran Seoighe, Deputy Director General of the Science Foundation Ireland
Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland 
Dr. Chris Horn, Computer Scientist & Entrepreneur 
Dr. Michael Johnston, IBM RSM & Manager - Future of Computing Platform

2:35 – 3:20 - Future of AI Demos 
Dr. Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research Lead for the Interactive AI Group, in Ireland, will give you a virtual tour of the latest AI research being conducted at the Dublin lab. Meet her colleagues Dr. Joern Ploennigs, Dr. Joao Bettencourt-Silva and Dr. Sergiy Zhuk who will demonstrate how AI can be implemented in areas such as building management, social health systems and surgery. 
  • Demo I: Neuro-symbolic Artificial Intelligence for Asset Management & Industry (Dr. Ploennigs)
    Automating Artificial Intelligence techniques for IoT applications is key to scaling the exponential growth of data created from the widespread adoption of IoT to monitor factories, buildings, and cities. IBM Researcher in Dublin are using neuro-symbolic AI approaches that combine domain knowledge in the form of semantic knowledge graphs with machine learning and optimization approaches to enable data scientists and domain experts alike to automate the creation of Digital Twins - a virtual model that reflects a physical object. Dr. Ploennigs will explain and demonstrate how this works in practical applications such as robots and electric race cars.
  • Demo II: AI & Social Determinants of Health (Dr. Bettencourt-Silva)
    This demo will showcase how Artificial Intelligence, Bayesian Networks, Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Graphs can support government agencies in understanding the social program levers such as housing, transportation, nutrition or financial security that drive positive health and well-being outcomes at a population level. IBM Researchers at the Dublin Lab have created interconnected AI models to capture the influence of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) on health outcomes. By linking typically siloed datasets and heterogeneous textual sources, these AI models enables better predictions that have the potential to improve access and equality for our citizens, drive positive health and well-being outcomes, and relieve resource burdens.
  • Demo III: Blending Applied Math and AI for Real-world Insight (Dr. Sergiz Zhuk)
    We are surrounded by examples of dynamical, real-world phenomena that are understood by science but where applying AI technologies remains a challenge. Could a synergy between the mathematics underpinning bio-physical processes and AI provide useful new insights? For example, the technique of adding tracers, such as a dye, to trace fluid movement is used widely in areas such as climate science, ecology, civil engineering and medicine. The underlying process of dye dispersal is well understood as a mathematical problem, allowing researchers to model how pollutants move or to detect leaks. Dublin researchers are using a blend of applied mathematics and AI to generate insights by spotting subtle differences in the way fluids move through materials. In this talk, Dr. Zhuk will showcase a first-of-a-kind prototype, which was developed for the Mater Misericordiae Hospital at the University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, and supported by Irish Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund. His demo will illustrate how computer vision, optimization and classification algorithms can work together to extract insights from fluid movement in videos, including multispectral endoscopic videos, in nearly real time.
3:20 - 4:05 – Round table on Data & AI Privacy 
Businesses and institutions are facing conflicting imperatives: Make more data accessible for analysis, while managing security and compliance for personally identifiable information data to maintain consumer trust. It is expected that by 2023, 65% of the world’s population will have its personal data covered under modern privacy regulations. This means that as the amount of data, models and regulations grows, opportunities to capture insights needed for innovation will be missed by isolating data behind a firewall. Irish Times journalists, Dr. Karlin Lillington will explore the situation from a technological standpoint, allowing the expert panelists to unveil the latest strategies and technologies that can help transition disparate data security, privacy and governance practices into a more holistic approach.

Dr. Karlin Lillington, Irish Times Technology and Business Journalist
Dr. Alessandro Curioni, VP IBM Research Europe & Africa
Mary O’Brien, General Manager of IBM Security
Dr. David Lewis, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin
Ultan O'Carroll, Deputy Commissioner for Technology and Operational Performance at the Data Protection Commission
4:05 – 4:50


4:05 - 4:20 Announcing the IBM Pre-Doc Fellowship with TCD
Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director IBM Research Europe - Dublin
Dr. Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College Dublin

4:20 - 4:30 Minister’s Speech
Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science  

4:30 - 4:40  Closing Keynote
Dr. Alessandro Curioni

4:40 - 4:45  Dublin Researchers Look to the Future

4:45 - 4:50 Adjourn




If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with Tracey Madden, MADDENT@ie.ibm.com.