Design and Innovation Lab

The Design & Innovation Lab, also known as the dLab, is a key part of the ADAPT Centre and frequently the primary contact point for Industry. We enable our industry partners to leverage product and service innovation from novel scientific research in digital content technologies. 

dLab Team

dLab Team

The dLab is made up of research engineers, designers and program managers working closely with researcher colleagues to develop impactful prototype solutions to industry problems. The team is driven by Design Thinking practices. User-centred innovation where we try to really understand the target user of our technology, observe their behaviour, develop a clear point of view, generate ideas, build prototypes, test and iterate. Together with PI’s and Post-doctoral researchers we use state-of-the-art research to add value to processes of our industry partners.

Within the Design and Innovation Lab the development team and researchers are supported by an embedded team of project managers. The function of the PM team is to successfully shepherd projects from early stage ideation, requirements gathering through implementation, experimentation and final delivery within the desired timescales and budget. The PM team put a framework around projects which industry partners recognize. While bolstering the likely success of a given project, this also helps to imbue industry partners with confidence that ADAPT can deliver.

In the capacity of traditional commercial PM duties the team help to foster fruitful collaborations between centre researchers, dLab engineers and industry partners by providing oversight, risk management and setting expectations appropriately.

Key Areas Of Expertise

Project & Program Management

Each project team is tailored to a specific project’s skill and knowledge requirements and is contingent also upon the resources available at any given time1


Good design increases usability of applications and enhances the user experience. In the Design & Innovation Lab we have a strong track record of creating impactful applications driven by UI and UX. 2

Full Stack Development

Research Engineers in the Design & Innovation lab have broad skills. Most are just as comfortable in training neural network models as they are in enclosing linked data or writing a style sheet.3

Design Thinking

User centred, innovative design that is feasible, viable and desirable. Iterative, agile project lifecycles allow for rapid prototyping and quick validation of concepts.4

Business Analysis

Since Design Thinking and user-centred design are key methodologies applied within the dLab. We aim to really understand the space that we are developing solutions for5

API Integration

Where possible we build our solutions on available APIs. We also build APIs on the algorithms that are derived from ADAPT research 6

Work With Us

Business & Industry Partners

ADAPT is supported by the Irish government through a Science Foundation Ireland investment of €24 million. This funding is leveraged with an additional €26 million from industry partners.

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