Location: Dublin City University
Level: PhD

AI Governance needs a risk management system based on human factors as well as technical ones - help us build it!

This PhD will investigate building risk management systems for AI/analytics deployment into organizations. It will be based at the ADAPT Centre, School of Computing, Dublin City University under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Rob Brennan and be co-supervised by Prof Siobhan Corrigan in the Trinity College Dublin School of Psychology.as part of the D-REAL Centre for Research Training.

Description: Unexplainable data analytics like deep learning are being rapidly promoted for deployment into healthcare risk management systems where there is already a chronic lack of effective governance for operational risks. For example, avoidable harm to patents costs up to 16% of total hospital expenditure according to the OECD and cost 194m in Ireland in 2009 (Rafter el al. 2016). The Scally Report on Cervical Check in Ireland is severely critical of poor governance of risk. Since any credible risk management system must include human factors as well as technical risks, in this project we will examine the impact of the widespread availability of medical data analytics on risk from a socio-technical perspective and design appropriate risk data analytics governance methods and tools that can cope with this disruptive technology.

Sponsored PhD on AI governance available at the intersection of Computing and Psychology open to both EU and non-EU candidates: 

Application Requirements and Eligibility

D-REAL seeks applications from talented graduates to join our exciting PhD training programme.

Application process http://d-real.ie/apply-to-d-real/

As part of this application you will be asked to complete five sections:

  • This section which includes your Personal Details
  • Academic Track Record, including details of your Bachelor’s and (optionally) Master’s degrees
  • Further Track Record, including details on other education, research achievements, technical skills/achievements and work experience
  • Personal Statement, which allows you to describe your motivation for pursuing a PhD degree in digitally enhanced reality (Max 3000 characters)
  • PhD Topic Preferences, where you will be asked to rank your preferred PhD proposal(s). Details of available topics may be found here

The minimum requirements for entry into the programme are:

  • 2.1 grade (or equivalent) in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, maths, engineering or similar technical discipline. Other qualifications in disciplines related to listed PhD topics will also be considered.
  • Strong programming ability.
  • Non-native English speakers require at least IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6 in all components) or equivalent.


Each student who is admitted to this programme will receive a full scholarship to undertake a four year structured PhD programme. This scholarship comprises full payment of university fees for four years and a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years. In addition, a budget for equipment, travel, and training is provided.

See here for more details on the topic (2019DCU1: Socio-Technical Governance Framework for Clinical Risk Data Analytics ) http://d-real.ie/d-real-2019-phd-topics/#DCU 

D-REAL is a Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research training that focuses on augmented reality, digital media and supporting topics like AI analytics and governance.