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Insight's Prof Tomás Ward appointed DCU Chair in Data Analytics

Dublin City University has teamed up with AIB to appoint Ireland’s first chair in data analytics, with Professor Tomas Ward taking up the role, Ciara O'Brien writes in today's Irish Times.

Based in DCU’s School of Computing, Prof Ward’s research will focus on how data analytics can support decision making in business, and give insight into customer behaviour.

“One area I will be exploring is how consumer attitudes to risk taking inform financial decision making,” Prof Ward said. “I am also interested in investigating how we can improve decision making in industries from banking to healthcare by making the results of advanced machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence more understandable to the employees who make decisions based on these insights.”

Prof Ward is joining DCU from Maynooth University. An internationally-renowned scholar, his previous research used data from sensing technologies to explain individual thoughts and behaviours.

The position is the first of its kind in the country. As part of the new role, Prof Ward will also be involved in the development of teaching and learning of data science in DCU. You can read the full article in the Irish Times here.