Professor O'Sullivan FAAAI, FEurAI, FIAE, FICS, MRIA, is an award-winning academic with more than 25 years experience working in artificial intelligence. He is a full professor at the School of Computer Science & IT at University College Cork and a member of its Governing Body. He is founding Director of both the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC and Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI.
In July 2018 Barry was appointed Vice Chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI. He is a Fellow and a past President of the European AI Association. He is also a Fellow and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland’s highest academic accolade.
He chairs the Advisory Board of the GRACE project at Europol, and advises the Leuven.ai institute at KULeuven (Belgium) and the Computational Sustainability Network, a network of universities in the USA. In 2019 Professor O’Sullivan was appointed by Ireland’s Minister for Health to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee.
In 2020 he was appointed Chair of the Oversight Board of Health Data Research UK (North), led by the University of Liverpool. In 2021 he was, again, appointed by the Minister for Health as Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for Medical Devices. In 2022 he was appointed by the Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital & Company Regulation to the Enterprise Digital Advisory Forum.