Minister Breen visits UL and welcomes the upcoming masters course in Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Martin Hayes, Prof. Conor Hayes, Dr. John Nelson, Course Director Masters Artificial Intelligence, Dr Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen (TD) Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research & Enterprise and Prof Edmund Magner, Dean Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen (TD) today (15 Feb) visited the University of Limerick and met with Dr. Mary Shire, Vice President of Research & Enterprise and Dr. Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence (AI) was launched on the 25th of January by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys. The programme will run in UL’s Digital District from September 2018 in association with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC). 

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Breen TD said: ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping a new reality for Irish businesses, creating exciting new opportunities for innovation across all industries. To keep apace with these fast-changing technologies, it’s essential we have a workforce with the skills needed to drive this digital revolution. This Masters in AI will help to address Irish skills shortages in AI in the years to come.

AI is of course very topical internationally at present. On May 15th this year I will host a Ministerial meeting of Digital Frontrunner countries in Dublin at which AI will be the central theme. I plan to use this event to showcase the Irish AI ecosystem and today I have invited Dr John Nelson, course Director of the Masters in Artificial Intelligence to attend the event.’