Biography

Dr Mairtín Cunneen is an Associate Professor in Data Analytics and Risk Governance in the Accounting and Finance Dept. in the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

For many years, his research has focused on developing innovative analytical methods, Data Commercialisation and AI. He has a deep personal and academic interest in the philosophy of AI, language theory and AI Ethics and Governance.

Dr Cunneen is the course director of the Kemmy Business School's Machine Learning in Finance MSc and GradDiploma in AI in Finance. Furthermore, for several years his Data Risk, Ethics, and Governance modules have been part of UL's strategic industry-focused MSc programs, including Ireland's National AI MSc and the MSc in Business Analytics.

Dr Cunneen focuses on investigating the growth, commercialisation and science of Data Analytics in terms of broader societal relations, risk, ethics and governance. A key component is to practice research-led teaching and to engage students with research questions and topics relating to:

  • AI Governance, Risk & Ethics
  • Tech Governance Theory
  • Explainable AI (XAI)
  • Algorithmic Bias
  • Black Box decision making
  • Data Profiling
  • Data Commercialisation and business models
  • Autonomous Vehicle Decision making
  • InsurTech
  • AI Assistants (Language theory & NLP)

He is also interested in AI and technology for social good, especially innovation, to support climate risk mitigation. He has completed two funded EU Horizon projects on Autonomous Vehicles and researched machine decisionality (2016-2020). He has also worked on and carried out research on Data Forensics, AI tools and anti-terrorism and fraud as part of the Anti-FinTer EU-funded Horizon project on "Versatile artificial intelligence investigative technologies for revealing online cross-border financing activities of terrorism." (2021-23)

Dr Cunneen is a LERO Funded Investigator (FI) and Co-PI on the national EMPOWER Science Foundation Ireland's project on Data Governance: "The research will focus on developing a data ecosystem that benefits all users while defining and safeguarding the rights of data sharers." (2022-2025)
Dr Cunneen is the University of Limerick's Principal Investigator on the Horizon Europe-funded project XTREME (2024-2027) on developing mixed reality for Art and Creativity. As part of the project, a Living Lab with several Ph.D.s and Postdocs working on the project is based in the Kemmy Business School. The focus of the Living Lab is to assess how to develop a more humancentric and ethical mixed reality.

Research Interests

    Research interests
    Dr Martin Cunneen investigates the societal impacts of Machine Intelligence applications under the umbrella of Data Analytics, AI, ML and Robotics. His research focuses on the challenge to anticipate and provide informed and timely 'Governance' instruments in response to commercial applications of these technologies. With years of professional tech sector experience from sustainable technology initiatives, EdTech, and community programming projects, to Big Data, his research continually examines the complexities of socio-technological relations. In developing his research, he has fashioned unique frameworks to support multi-stakeholder engagement in socio-technological risk and ethics. His research is also backed by years of teaching applied ethics, analytical philosophy, and philosophy of AI & technology. Over the past years, he has developed important networks with international academics. Through domestic and international networks, he continues to collaborate with large research consortia, including a number of SFI, and EU Horizon research projects. His research takes a cross-discipline approach by combining technical and social science research on AI and Data innovation to respond to commercial and social-orientated research demands.

    Currently supervising 13 MSc student dissertations:


    (a) AI/Data Governance
    1. An Embedded Ethical Framework for Software development Pipeline
    2. Factors Affecting Cryptocurrency Acceptance As A Financial Tool
    3. A Critical Assessment of AdTech's strategic response to the GDPR
    4. Impacts of Risk Analysis using Blockchain in Insurance

    (b) Climate Risk Mitigation
    5. A novel solution for satellite imagery and Carbon quantification of soil types
    6. Assessing the utility of a citizen decision support tool for climate risk mitigation with XAI
    7. Smart Cities and Autonomous vehicles and anticipating the Financial Impacts
    8. Anticipating the impacts of climate change, and extreme weather events on the insurance industry
    9. ESG analytics through Green Stats
    10. Assessing world trade policies in the battle against climate change
    11. Data insights from analysing the effects of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels on Coastal Populations

    (c) Covid-19 Research
    12. A critical Data Governance assessment of global Covid APPs
    13. Does the pandemic alter the customer perception of insurance? A Study


    Currently supervising two PhD students

    1. XAI in Insurance
    2. Developing a company-specific innovative framework for in-house data analytics to provide a decision support platform



Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2023 APEX: Academic and Professional Empowerment Network, UL Apex (Academic and Professional Empowerment Network) Advisory Committee. The role of the Advisory Committee will be to: This network aims to be inclusive of all staff academic, professional, administrative, research, technical and support roles at all levels and ALL GENDERS
  • 2022 KBS EDI committee,
  • 2022 KBS Athena Swan Silver Committee,
  • 2021 UL40 Mature Student Scholarship Committee,

Award

  • 2022 - KBS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Employment

  • 2016 University of Limerick -

Association

  • Funded Investigator Irish Software Foundation, SFI LERO

Outreach

  • Dr Cunneen has worked and supported community coding projects aimed at providing technology access and coding (MIT Scratch) to economically disadvantaged areas.

Other

  • 2016-2019: Working on H2020 VI-DAS Project. Vision Inspired Driver Assistance Systems. To take a significant step forward in ADAS and therefore makes advances towards autonomous driving. To support drivers in accident avoidance and to mitigate the consequences of collisions. To obtain a more comprehensive analysis of a drivers' situational context using a data fusion module. My Role: Worked with UL team and international partners on investigating societal, ethical and legal impacts of increased automation and vehicle data analytics. Published peer-reviewed papers on Autonomous Vehicle decision making and risk.
  • 2016-2019: Working on H2020 Cloud Large Scale Video Analytics (LSVA) project. The automotive industry needs tools that can manage the extremely large volumes of data (Big Data) especially to provide support in the annotation task (ADAS, cartography market). The performance of computer vision or video analysis systems is inherently restricted by the quality of the available training data.>>Cloud LSVA Solution >> Cloud-LSVA will analyse and decompose each recorded scene, in order to detect and classify relevant objects and events for specific scenarios. My Role: Worked with UL team and international partners on investigating societal, ethical and legal impacts of increased automation and vehicle data analytics. Published peer-reviewed papers on AI and Autonomous Vehicle data use in relation to societal risk.
  • 2020- collaborating with international colleagues to develop innovative strategies for online education that enable greater student participation and inclusion.
  • 2021-5: Working as Co-PI on successful SFI funded project EMPOWER (Data Governance) "Empower is a research programme involving researchers from four SFI Research Centres: Lero (the programme lead), Insight, ADAPT and FutureNeuro, aimed at developing new systems and methods to enable and support data governance in the real-world application of data-driven solutions. The research will focus on developing a data ecosystem that benefits all users while defining and safeguarding the rights of data sharers. Data ecosystems, such as smart cities or connected health networks, present new challenges that require a fundamental reconsideration of how we manage and use data. While an effective data ecosystem can empower the exchange of knowledge from organisations and individuals, data movement can also give rise to risks that need to be managed from a socio-ethical perspective." https://www.empower-datagovernance.ie/
  • 2021-3: Co-PI Key part of UL's funded project called Anti-FinTer (Versatile artificial intelligence investigative technologies for revealing online cross-border financing activities of terrorism). Created an ethical framework and course content and taught law enforcement agencies across Europe.

Peer Reviewed Journals

2023

Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, Risk and Colliding Narratives

Cunneen M. (2023) Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, Risk and Colliding Narratives. Studies In Applied Philosophy, Epistemology And Rational Ethics :175-195

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2022

Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) in Insurance

Owens E.;Sheehan B.;Mullins M.;Cunneen M.;Ressel J.;Castignani G. (2022) Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) in Insurance. Risks

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2021

Surveillance and privacy â€' Beyond the panopticon. An exploration of 720-degree observation in level 3 and 4 vehicle automation

(2021) Surveillance and privacy â€' Beyond the panopticon. An exploration of 720-degree observation in level 3 and 4 vehicle automation. Technology In Society

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2021

Creating ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence and big data analytics customers: The case of the consumer European insurance market

Martin Mullins;Christopher P. Holland;Martin Cunneen; (2021) Creating ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence and big data analytics customers: The case of the consumer European insurance market. Patterns

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2021

Connected and autonomous vehicle injury loss events: Potential risk and actuarial considerations for primary insurers

Shannon, D., Jannusch, T., David‐Spickermann, F., Mullins, M., Cunneen, M., & Murphy, F (2021) Connected and autonomous vehicle injury loss events: Potential risk and actuarial considerations for primary insurers. Risk Management And Insurance Review :5-35

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2021

Ethical AI for Automated Bus Lane Enforcement

Caitriona Lannon, John Nelson and Martin Cunneen (2021) Ethical AI for Automated Bus Lane Enforcement. Sustainability

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2021

Precaution as a Risk in Data Gaps and Sustainable Nanotechnology Decision Support Systems: a Case Study of Nano-Enabled Textiles Production

Furxhi I.;Murphy F.;Poland C.A.;Cunneen M.;Mullins M. (2021) Precaution as a Risk in Data Gaps and Sustainable Nanotechnology Decision Support Systems: a Case Study of Nano-Enabled Textiles Production. Nanoethics :245-270

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2020

Autonomous Vehicles and Avoiding the Trolley (Dilemma): Vehicle Perception, Classification, and the Challenges of Framing Decision Ethics

Cunneen, M.;Mullins, M.;Murphy, F.;Shannon, D.;Furxhi, I.;Ryan, C.; (2020) Autonomous Vehicles and Avoiding the Trolley (Dilemma): Vehicle Perception, Classification, and the Challenges of Framing Decision Ethics. Cybernetics And Systems

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2019

From semi to fully autonomous vehicles: New emerging risks and ethico-legal challenges for human-machine interactions

Bellet T.;Cunneen M.;Mullins M.;Murphy F.;Pütz F.;Spickermann F.;Braendle C.;Baumann M. (2019) From semi to fully autonomous vehicles: New emerging risks and ethico-legal challenges for human-machine interactions. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology And Behaviour :153-164

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2019

Autonomous Vehicles and Embedded Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges of Framing Machine Driving Decisions

Cunneen M.;Mullins M.;Murphy F. (2019) Autonomous Vehicles and Embedded Artificial Intelligence: The Challenges of Framing Machine Driving Decisions. Applied Artificial Intelligence

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2019

Artificial intelligence assistants and risk: framing a connectivity risk narrative

Cunneen M.;Mullins M.;Murphy F. (2019) Artificial intelligence assistants and risk: framing a connectivity risk narrative. Ai And Society

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2018

Artificial Driving Intelligence and Moral Agency: Examining the Decision Ontology of Unavoidable Road Traffic Accidents through the Prism of the Trolley Dilemma

Cunneen M.;Mullins M.;Murphy F.;Gaines S. (2018) Artificial Driving Intelligence and Moral Agency: Examining the Decision Ontology of Unavoidable Road Traffic Accidents through the Prism of the Trolley Dilemma. Applied Artificial Intelligence

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Books

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Book Chapters

2023

Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, and Colliding Narratives

Martin Cunneen (2023) Autonomous Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, and Colliding Narratives. London : Springer Connected and Automated Vehicles Integrating Engineering and Ethics

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2020

Could Autonomous Vehicles Become Accidental Autonomous Moral Machines?

Martin Cunneen (2020) Could Autonomous Vehicles Become Accidental Autonomous Moral Machines?. Germany : IOS Press Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics :563-569

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2018

Framing risk, the new phenomenon of data surveillance and data monetisation; from an ‘always on' culture to ‘always on' artificial intelligence assistants

Martin Cunneen, Martin Mullins and Finbarr Murphy (2018) Framing risk, the new phenomenon of data surveillance and data monetisation; from an ‘always on' culture to ‘always on' artificial intelligence assistants. London : CLAWAR Hybrid Worlds: Societal and Ethical Challenges CLAWAR Association Series on Robot Ethics and Standards :65-76

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Edited Books

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Other Journals

2022

Explainable Artificial Intelligence (Xai) in Insurance: A Systematic Review

Emer Owens, Barry Sheehan, Martin Mullins, Martin Cunneen, Juliane Ressel (2022) Explainable Artificial Intelligence (Xai) in Insurance: A Systematic Review. SSRN

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2021

Algorithmic Trading, High-frequency Trading: Implications for MiFID II and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in the EU

Rabeea Sadaf, Orla McCullagh, Barry Sheehan, Colette Grey, Erin King, Martin Cunneen (2021) Algorithmic Trading, High-frequency Trading: Implications for MiFID II and Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in the EU. Online SSRN

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Conference Publications

2022

Conference, INTED 2022, 7-8 March, 2022.

Monett, Lemke, Cunneen, Coulter, Blomfield, & Faustmann (2022) Conference, INTED 2022, 7-8 March, 2022..

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2020

Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications

Cunneen M. (2020) Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications. Frontiers In Artificial Intelligence And Applications :563-569

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Conference Contributions

2023

CIO Conference Dublin

Martin Cunneen (2023) CIO Conference Dublin.

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2023

UL London Alumni Event

Martin Cunneen (2023) UL London Alumni Event.

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2023

Atlantec Festival

Martin Cunneen (2023) Atlantec Festival.

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2023

Human Empowerment in a world of AI

Martin Cunneen (2023) Human Empowerment in a world of AI.

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2023

Empowering AI and Finance

Martin Cunneen (2023) Empowering AI and Finance .

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2023

AI4Work UL Industry conference

Martin Cunneen (2023) AI4Work UL Industry conference.

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2021

3rd CSEAR IRELAND Building (back?) for the Common Good

Martin Cunneen (2021) 3rd CSEAR IRELAND Building (back?) for the Common Good.

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2021

TECHNGI Conference: Session 1. AI and Digital Ethics in Insurance Markets: International Perspectives

Martin Cunneen (2021) TECHNGI Conference: Session 1. AI and Digital Ethics in Insurance Markets: International Perspectives.

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2020

Electronomous International Mobility

Martin Cunneen (2020) Electronomous International Mobility.

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2020

Robophilosophy

Martin Cunneen (2020) Robophilosophy.

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2019

5th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing

Martin Cunneen (2019) 5th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing.

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2018

Anticipatory technologies – data and disorientation

Martin Cunneen (2018) Anticipatory technologies – data and disorientation.

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Published Reports

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

2022

Correction to: Precaution as a Risk in Data Gaps and Sustainable Nanotechnology Decision Support Systems: a Case Study of Nano‑Enabled Textiles Production (NanoEthics, (2021), 15, 3, (245-270), 10.1007/s11569-021-00400-z)

Furxhi I.;Murphy F.;Poland C.A.;Cunneen M.;Mullins M. (2022) Correction to: Precaution as a Risk in Data Gaps and Sustainable Nanotechnology Decision Support Systems: a Case Study of Nano‑Enabled Textiles Production (NanoEthics, (2021), 15, 3, (245-270), 10.1007/s11569-021-00400-z). Nanoethics :193-194

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2017

The Issue of Agency in AI; The Case of Automated Driving

Martin Cunneen (2017) The Issue of Agency in AI; The Case of Automated Driving.

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