UCC recognises Dell Technologies’ support to accelerate research in AI and IoT

University College Cork (UCC) has recognised Dell Technologies for its contribution to the education, research, and development of electronic engineers. The donation of high-end computing and data storage equipment enables UCC’s Embedded Systems research group in the School of Engineering and Architecture to rapidly accelerate research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dell’s support for UCC has contributed to ground-breaking research activity in AI, specifically its application in medicine and cyber security. The digital equipment has also been an accelerant for financial mathematics, circuit design and IoT for environmental monitoring. Part of this research is conducted in collaboration with UCC’s world-leading research centres, including the Insight SFI Centre for Data Analytics, CRT-AI (SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence), and MaREI (SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine).

UCC President, Professor John O’Halloran, welcomed Dell’s Aongus Hegarty, President of International Markets, and Des O’Sullivan, Vice President, Customer Solution Centers, to the university in recognition of the company’s contribution to the university.

Professor John O’Halloran, President University College Cork commented: “I am delighted to welcome Aongus and Des and thank Dell for their continued support for our education and research activities at UCC.  Dell’s commitment to the advancement of technological innovation has enabled us to provide the cutting-edge facilities necessary to pursue game-changing research in areas such as These are strategically important disciplines for UCC that will build a foundation for economic, societal, and cultural resilience and prosperity”.

Dr Emanuel Popovici, Chair of the Industry Relations Committee at the School of Engineering and Architecture and Director of Embedded Systems@UCC group, said:

“We are delighted with the help and support provided by Dell. It will enable us to bring AI and IoT research, teaching, and learning to new heights. By using state-of-the-art computing from Dell, we are already reaping the rewards with some tremendous success in the multi-award-winning Embedded Systems research group through prizes, medals, and awards for our students and staff.”

Aongus Hegarty, President of International Markets, Dell Technologies said: “We’re proud to build on our strong partnership with UCC’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering by providing high-end computing power and data storage equipment to help their researchers unlock opportunities. Our support will assist cutting-edge research at every level – from undergraduate to ground-breaking post-doctoral research. By combining our technology with the innovations the UCC students are developing, we can collectively put AI to advance the development of connected healthcare, smart manufacturing and sustainable energy systems. ”

University College Cork has a longstanding relationship with Dell spanning many years. The company has facilitated employability initiatives such as student internships, and many of UCC’s engineering graduates have pursued highly successful and fulfilling careers with Dell.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Dell’s support was crucial in maintaining an excellent standard of learning, teaching, and research for students by providing continuity of access to state-of-the-art computing – a key component of many of UCC’s engineering courses.