ADAPT presents the Problem-Solving Initiative

This two-year (2016-2017) nationwide initiative is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is designed to help:

  • Raise the Irish public’s awareness of and appreciation for the importance and applicability of problem-solving skills across science, the economy and society
  • Promote STEM career pathways for those who enjoy solving problem
  • Encourage people of all ages to hone their lateral-thinking skills
  •  Create enthusiasm within the Irish public for problem solving by engaging people directly with exciting puzzles and mind-bending challenges.

Main Elements of the Problem-Solving Initiative

  • Expansion of the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad problem-solving competition for secondary school students (14,000 participants to date).
  • An extensive public awareness campaign to highlight and provide examples of the economic and social benefit of a strong problem-solving workforce, and exemplify careers requiring problem-solving skills.
  • Hosting the International Linguistics Olympiad in Dublin in July 2017, bringing to Ireland the top 180 young problem solvers from 30 countries.
  • A family-friendly Problem-Solving Festival that invites public to “test their minds” with fun problem-solving activities in Dublin Castle on 5th August 2017.
  • Mind-bending puzzles made available to the public and shared via social media.
    Visit www.problemsolving.ie

 

 

Public Lectures

ADAPT engages the public with a variety of novel initiatives, designed to help Science Foundation Ireland meet its aim of having the world’s most engaged and scientifically-informed society.

ADAPT brings its research to the public through public lectures and showcases. More than 81,000 people have attended lectures and workshops run or supported by ADAPT.

See upcoming ADAPT Public Events

 

Public Lectures in Ethics and Privacy

ADAPT’s lecture series in ethics and privacy has attracted more than 700 attendees since 2015.
ADAPT develops content technology to help industry and individuals understand, manage and control the overwhelming amount of content with which we are all increasingly confronted. We believe ethical and privacy issues need to be to the forefront during technology development, and this series of talks aims to raise these issues, and provide a forum where a variety of perspectives (legal, ethical, technologists etc.) on the issues can be exposed and discussed.

ADAPT develops content technology to help industry and individuals understand, manage and control the overwhelming amount of content with which we are all increasingly confronted. We believe ethical and privacy issues need to be to the forefront during technology development, and this series of talks aims to raise these issues, and provide a forum where a variety of perspectives (legal, ethical, technologists etc.) on the issues can be exposed and discussed.

An Ethics of ADAPT white paper has been published which aims to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the ethical challenges that can be identified in the research being undertaken at the ADAPT Centre.


Upcoming Events

Title: US Philosopher, Shannon Vallor, to Give Ethics and Privacy Talk
Date: 19th June 2017.
Speaker: Professor Shannon Vallor of the Department of Philosophy at Santa Clara University.
Venue: Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

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Previous Events

Good grief! Death, existenz, and the virtues of a post-digital era.
Privacy in the Digital Age: Is it Time for a New Paradigm?
Ethics by Design? On Value Sensitive Design and Moral Mediation
Right to be Forgotten – The Spark in the Powder Keg
Beyond Right and Wrong – Designing for Well-being
The Internet, Warts and All?
Empowering the Data Subject in Anonymization: Verifiability, Transparency and Co-Utility
Value-Sensitive Design: Why Ethics is Important if you want to build Good Computer Systems
You Can't Always Get What you Want
Regulating Emerging Technologies: A Challenge for Law, a Challenge for Ethics, a Challenge for Everyone
Ethics of Surveillance Technologies
 

 

Capturing the Lived Experience of the Great Hunger in Ireland

In August 2015 ADAPT and partners, the Great Famine Archive at Strokestown Park House, the Irish Heritage Trust, and Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Research in IT in Education, launched the Great Famine Voices project.

This innovative crowdsourcing project allows members
of the public to contribute and share family stories and documents about the Famine and emigration in Ireland in a bid to capture the lived experience of the Great Hunger in Ireland and to learn more about those who left the country in its wake.

The project calls on the public to share letters, documents, objects and family memories on its website to help build a comprehensive picture of what it was like to live in famine Ireland or emigrate and make a new life elsewhere.

As part of the project the Great Famine Voices website will display documents such as rental documents, relief lists and eviction lists from the world renowned Great Famine Archive at Strokestown Park, many of which have never been shared before.

The team is inviting members of the general public from all over the world to come and search for family names within these documents and to share their family memories of the Famine and emigration. Members of the public can also help transcribe these documents and corroborate and contextualise the information contained within them using other online primary sources.

Great Famine Voices is set to be a central pillar of ADAPT’s public outreach programme in 2017, with significant opportunities for schools outreach, public lectures, social media campaigns and media coverage.

 

 

BigFoot

How big is your digital footprint?

ADAPT’s BigFoot Initiative seeks to answer the question 'How big is your digital footprint?' by illustrating, educating and ultimately increasing awareness in the usage of personal online data such as social media. BigFoot has been developed with the support of AYLIEN.

This initiative builds on the hypothesis that most social media users are unaware about how ‘big’ their digital footprint is, what it exposes and what impact it might have on themselves and society as whole.

The BigFoot app allows members of the public to analyse and understand their online privacy needs with the goal of assisting them in adjusting their privacy settings in social media apps.

The BigFoot app can capture a person’s online persona and determine how much of their data is “out there”. They can take part in psychometric testing and contribute to real research on social media, online personalities, and data exhaust.

 

 

View more on BigFoot.http://bigfoot.ie

 

 

 

Brazilator

ADAPT partnered with Microsoft to provide sports fans with a live translation stream of tweets for the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Brazilator translated, on the fly, World Cup tweets between English and 12 other languages – thereby enabling fans to follow what rival fans were tweeting. It also provided a graphical representation of sentiment analysis for each game.

Brazilator caught the imagination of the public, receiving 85 million word translation requests via Twitter, and leading to substantial national and international media coverage.

ADAPT subsequently partnered with Irish State broadcaster RTÉ to provide analysis of the twitter conversations around the Budget 2016 and General Election 2016.