Professor Andy Way of the SFI ADAPT Centre at DCU has received an Irish Research Council (IRC) Ally Award for 2023. Research Ally prizes are awarded to mark the crucial role played by higher education personnel in supporting the academic research community across all career levels.
Professor Way is Deputy Director of the ADAPT Centre at DCU’s School of Computing. Prof. Way’s research interests include all areas of machine translation and he is recognised as one of the leading researchers globally in the field. He has successfully graduated 29 PhD students, five of whom have won Best Thesis Awards, and 11 M.Sc. students. He currently supervises 4 PhD students — three of whom are defending their theses in the next fortnight — and 4 Postdoctoral researchers. In addition Prof. Way has secured grants totalling over €100 million, with over €15 million directly for his own research. He has been lead researcher on 17 EU projects bringing in over €30M, and is currently coordinating the SignON project, for which he very recently won the SFI Engaged Research Award for 2023.
Prof. Way has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers, and has a Google Scholar h-index of 49, an i-10 index of 252, and over 9,600 citations for his research. He is currently editing a series of six books for Springer in the area of Machine Translation, with five published to date. In 2023, Prof. Way published three books himself, with another to appear early in 2024.
Each year the IRC invites postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research-active staff to nominate the mentors, supervisors, research officers and technical support staff who have supported their work and careers and improved the Irish research ecosystem.