Insight is one of the biggest data analytics centres in Europe. It undertakes high-impact research, seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making.

With €88 million in funding, Insight has 400 researchers across areas such as connected health, decision analytics, social media analytics, smart cities and the semantic web.

Research Areas

  • Linked data
  • Semantic web
  • Machine learning and statistics
  • Media analytics and personal sensing
  • Optimisation and decision analytics
  • Recommender systems

Research Programmes

Innovative Insight solutions have included using data to:

  • Develop products and services based on matching users’ short- and long-term needs to a real-time picture of information and opportunities
  • Understand customer behaviour to increase customer satisfaction, experience and loyalty
  • Drive recommendations and support decision making
  • Find optimal solutions to complex problems
  • Automate business processes

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

Insight offers data analytics solutions for a broad range of industry partners in ICT, healthcare, retail, finance, media and public services. Insight’s expertise includes the whole data value chain, from the integration of multiple heterogeneous data sources to discovering patterns and trends in data and making sense of them.

Industry Partners Include:

  • Abtran
  • Adoreboard
  • Avego
  • Avivia
  • Eagle Alpha
  • Flashpoint
  • Guiyang
  • NitroSel
  • RTÉ Community Analytics
  • RTÉ Content Discovery 
  • RTÉ News360 
  • Rubicoin
  • Shimmer Research
  • Starwood
  • TreeMetrics
  • The Irish Times


  • Software lab space
  • Environmental lab space

Education and Public Engagement

Insight, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, is involved in many local and national events, including Thesis in 3, digital maker-clubs such as Coderdojos, 091Labs and Hacker-space.  Insight also organises, in conjunction with the Central Statistics Office, Apps4Gaps, the first all-Ireland mobile app competition.

Insight runs and supports computer coding courses, local heritage digital archiving activities, mobile apps workshops and inter-school science debates. Researchers engage in talks on innovation, Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Awareness, and on the exciting career opportunities available in the field of data analytics. Insight is also driving a data ethics initiative, the Magna Carta for Data Project, through which the Centre actively engages with researchers around the world and with policy makers at Irish and EU level

Key Contact Details

Oliver Daniels
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Turley
Chief Operating Officer

Eamon O ’Doherty
Business Development Manager

Prof Alan Smeaton
Dublin City University

Prof Brian Caulfield
University College Dublin

Prof Barry O’Sullivan
University College Cork

Prof Dietrich Rebholz Schumann
NUI Galway