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RDI Hub CEO, Liam Cronin was fortunate enough to air on the AI Ireland podcast hosted by Mark Kelly this week where they took a deep-dive into all things AI. During the podcast, Liam discussed the upcoming John McCarthy AI Summer School with Mark and touched on the driving passion behind the event.

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Tune in to a segment of the podcast below where Mark and Liam discuss the AI Summer School! Want to keep listening? Check out all AI Ireland podcast episodes here or on Spotify.

Mark Kelly and Liam Cronin on the AI Ireland Podcast

AI Summer School | 4 Speakers Announced!

Professor John D. Kelleher

Professor John D. Kelleher, is an expert in Machine Learning, Data Science, Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence. 

He studied at DCU completing a Bachelors of science and computer science degree and a Phd in Artificial Intelligence in 2003. He has authored three books on machine learning and data science, published by MIT Press

He is the TU Dublin lead in the ADAPT centre and the scientific lead for the Digital Content Transformation Strand. Within the ADAPT centre he leads research projects on language modelling, lexical semantics, machine translation, novelty detection, image captioning, dialog systems, and making AI more environmentally sustainable. John has been the academic lead on numerous industry projects across a range of topics and domains, including: anomaly detection, transfer learning, customer segmentation and propensity modelling, dialog systems and chat bots, and information retrieval and natural language processing. 


Dr Heidi Christensen

A Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield and a member of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield. Dr Heidi Christensen is part of the Speech and Hearing Research Group (SPandH) and a theme lead for the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in speech and language technologies and their applications. 

Dr Christensen is the technical lead for CognoSpeak™, a speech-based tool for detecting and tracking early signs of cognitive impairment. 

She has a long-standing interest in improving equality and diversity and is the current Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Dr Heidi Christensen is on the diversity committee of ISCA (International Speech Communication Association) and the EDI lead for our CDT 

Dr Heidi Christensen’s research interests are in the application of audio and speech technology to the healthcare domain and include two main areas the automatic recognition of disordered, atypical speech, the detection and tracking of verbal and non-verbal traits in speech and language 


Dr Lydia Kostopoulos

Dr Lydia Kostopoulo is a complex systems thinking multi-disciplinary professional who advises clients on technological innovation in relation to global macro trends. However she does not limit herself to just technology based interests as she also has her own fashion label called Empowering Workwear which launched in June 2021.

The fashion label has an agenda which is to promote awareness for change around women’s issues as well as other items to which she has a personal connection with. Lydia also has an interest in Artwork and launched an art series about the human experience with technology – particularly artificial intelligence with the goal to contribute to an informed civic debate. During the Obama administration she received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the pro bono work she did in cybersecurity. 

Want to know more about the AI Summer School?

Check out the RDI Hub Youtube page to see what’s in-store over the 2 day event. Take a look at some topics to be explored and have a first glance at keynotes lined up!