This year we received an incredible response from the ADAPT community in the form of 73 nominations across the 6 categories. We are delighted to see ADAPT members recognise and rejoice in the success and hard work of one another. These awards recognise and reward outstanding service, notable research excellence, contributions to society, and scientific collaboration and impact. This year in total six awards were distributed to members who displayed these outstanding qualities:
Early Stage Researcher Award
Tochukwu Ikwunne won this year’s Early Stage Researcher Award for his breakthrough research on culture-centred user engagement design for mobile health in the global south. His research has also developed a framework the ‘DECENT Toolkit’ that approaches mHealth app design in a human-centric and culturally conscious way to elevate not only user engagement but also user experience. Tochukwu’s research has focused on the global increase in digital health interventions to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and treatment adherence, as well as HIV/AIDS education and prevention, immunisation rates, and communicable disease prevention. Beyond this, his research on helping improve user engagement contributes towards increasing the efficiencies of mHealth systems in the future.
The shortlist included:
Education & Public Engagement Research Excellence Award
Aphra Kerr won the Education & Public Engagement Research Excellence Award this year.
Her work has contributed to the success of the ADAPT EPE programme at a number of levels in the last year and her research has had a huge impact on public policy in relation to digital technologies and education and awareness. Her research on the Flag for Removal project highlighted the difficulties and challenges faced by moderators in online social media platforms which was part of the Bias: Built this Way exhibition at the Science Gallery visited by 18,469 in-person attendees and 7,276 online visitors. Aphra has also contributed to the design and running of citizen think-in events, chaired the international Women’s day event ‘Beyond the workforce; how education in STEM impacts society’ and engaged and stimulated public debate on the role of AI and algorithmic governance in Irish society. Her work has stimulated a broader debate on the use of AI in policing which has influenced Irish legislation.
Industry Engagement and Spin Out Award
Jamie McGann and Dr. Johann Issartel won this year’s Industry Engagement and Spin Out Award for their development of the MoveAhead spinout whose mission is to transform the way children interact with technology by powering third-party EdTech, digital games and movement learning experiences that get young people moving the ‘right’ way.
Shortlisted candidates included:
International Collaborator Award for Scientific Impact Award
Niall Murray won the International Collaborator Award for Scientific Impact Award for his role in leading and winning the 9 million euro TRANSMIXR project. This is an enormous success story and clearly fits the criteria for the International Collaborator Award for Scientific Impact. Niall played a pivotal role in driving this 19 partner consortium. TRANSMIXR is a groundbreaking new platform that will provide a distributed XR Creation Environment that supports remote collaboration practices, and an XR Media Experience Environment for the delivery and consumption of evocative and immersive media experiences. The project will develop ground-breaking AI techniques for the understanding and processing of complex media content and will enable the reuse of heterogeneous assets across immersive content delivery platforms.
Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award
Caitríona Campbell won the award for Outstanding Professional Staff Member for her exceptional dedication and innovative approach to ensuring that the true extent of ADAPT’s outputs and outcomes are reflected in reporting to the ADAPT Governance Board and SFI. Caitríona’s expertise and experience has led to the identification of hundreds of thousands of euro in unreported funding as well as many additional publications, conference presentations and other outputs relating to key performance indicators.
Researcher of the Year Award
Finally, Malika Bendechache, won ADAPT’s Researcher of the Year Award 2022. She has published 13 peer-reviewed articles between Nov 2021 – Nov 2022. Malika’s research on multi-route feature extraction model for breast tumour segmentation in Mammograms using a convolutional neural network defines a strategy which leads to improvement in detecting the border of tumours and boosts the classification accuracy of tumours.
Congratulations to this year’s winners and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve next year!