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What is CeADAR

 CeADAR is the National Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence and the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) for AI in Ireland. CeADAR has more than 90 member companies ranging from multinationals to indigenous SMEs spanning every industry vertical. The primary work of the Centre is on cutting-edge applied AI innovation and developing and deploying industry prototypes and market-ready solutions to companies.  

We support companies in finding funding and investment, ecosystem networking in Ireland and Europe, training with and access to our powerful in-house supercomputer. CeADAR also helps its member companies benchmark their state of AI maturity and plan their AI strategy. CeADAR is very active in European funded projects, and in producing a succession of spinout companies.  

The Centre is the focal point of a thriving national ecosystem delivering frequent seminars, conferences, and members’ networking events throughout the year. CeADAR is one of only 9 Gold i-spaces in the EU and has won 2 national awards for contributions to the development and implementation of AI strategy to businesses in Ireland. The Centre contributes on various task forces in the OECD, the Department of Enterprise, national standards bodies, and business representative groups. 


  • Driving accelerated AI adoption in Irish enterprise 

  • Creating and delivering value for clients 

  • Strengthening client AI capability 

  • Building sustained competitive advantage for clients 

  • Supporting clients in finding investment 

  • Fostering a strong national AI innovation ecosystem 

  • Provision of AI training, upskilling and talent 

  • Promotion of good AI governance and trustworthy AI 

Research performed by: 

  • CeADAR in University College Dublin 


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Dr. Edward McDonnell

Centre Director
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