Professor of Constraint Programming

Title Founding Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, UCC; Deputy President, European AI Association; CEO, AI Machina. University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) University College Cork

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Barry O'Sullivan
Professor of Constraint Programming
Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Modelling, Decision Analytics
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Professor Barry O'Sullivan is an award-winning academic working in the field of artificial intelligence, constraint programming, and operations research, for more than two decades. He holds the Chair of Constraint Programming in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He served as Head of Department, Computer Science, from 2012-2015. He is the founding Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC, and a Principal Investigator at the Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing which is based at the University of Limerick. Professor O'Sullivan is a Fellow and current Deputy President of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EurAI), one of the world’s largest AI associations with over 4500 members in over 30 countries. Professor O’Sullivan was President of the International Association for Constraint Programming from 2007-2012.In 2013 he received a UCC Leadership Award and won the Association for Constraint Programming Distinguished Service Award in 2014. He was named Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year for 2016, UCC Researcher of the Year in 2017, and elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017, Ireland’s highest academic accolade.Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning over €200 million in research funding, of which approximately €30 million has directly supported his research activities at UCC. In addition to his academic work, Professor O'Sullivan is SOSV’s AI Expert-in-Residence across its international set of startup accelerators that fund approximately 150 startup companies each year. He runs his own AI consulting firm, AI Machina, and welcomes opportunities to engage in projects with governments, multi-nationals, public bodies, and SMEs, alike.