Ireland Emerging as Global Artificial Intelligence Hub as Two Major International Conferences Come to Dublin

19 August 2021


32nd Hypertext and Social Media Conference and 29th EUSIPCO Conference will be hosted by the SFI ADAPT Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology.

Dublin, August 19th 2021: The SFI ADAPT Centre is set to host two major international conferences over the coming weeks focused on different areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  after fending off global competition.  The 32nd Hypertext and Social Media Conference (30th August – 2nd September) and 29th EUSIPCO Conference on Signal Processing (23rd – 27th August) are the biggest conferences in their respective fields, attracting delegates from all over the world.  AI research is benefitting a number of sectors including healthcare, finance, education and more.  The wins highlight the global recognition Ireland is receiving for its thriving AI ecosystem and the quality of research being done.

ACM Hypertext 2021

This year, The ACM Hypertext and Social Media Conference will feature a range of talks and keynotes on the theme ‘Hypertext in a multimodal world’.  

Hypertext refers to anything that allows cross-referencing between materials.  Modern hypertext research includes social media, semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext and hypermedia as well as narrative systems and applications  In an everyday context we use interactive hypertext, news feeds and videos for getting things done: planning a trip, managing our finances, interacting with colleagues, friends and family, being productive and creative.

The keynote address will focus on the Beyond 2022 project which seeks to create a digital archive using the destroyed Public Records Office in Dublin.  By virtually reimagining the lost national archive the team will link many millions of words from destroyed documents and reassemble them from copies, transcripts and other records scattered among the collections of archival partners. The rich array of replacement items will be accessible within an immersive 3-D reconstruction of the destroyed building.


EUSIPCO will feature all the latest developments in research and technology in signal processing having impact in computer vision, speech processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Signal processing can be described from different perspectives. For example, in healthcare images generated from scans such as MRI’s are processed using AI and Machine Learning algorithms to help accurately diagnose diseases.

EUSIPCO 2021 will feature world-class speakers, oral and poster sessions, plenaries, exhibitions, demonstrations, tutorials, and satellite workshops, and is expected to attract many leading researchers and industry figures from all over the world.

Both conferences will be held virtually this year due to the current restrictions in travel.  Speaking about the events, Director of the ADAPT Centre and Chair of Artificial Intelligence at Trinity College Dublin Professor Vinny Wade said: “I am delighted that the ADAPT Centre is the official host for these leading conferences and to see ADAPT researchers presenting at both.  The objectives of both these events reflect well on our positioning as a leading hub for Artificial Intelligence research.”