The ADAPT Centre at PROBE for EU Researchers’ Night 2019

14 January 2021
The ADAPT Centre at PROBE for EU Researchers’ Night 2019

Posted: 29/09/19

PROBE 2019 took place in Trinity College Dublin on Friday 27 September last.  PROBE is part of European Researchers’ Night which takes place in cities across Europe on 27th September.

The event featured a diverse range of academic research taking place in universities across Dublin including TCD and DCU. The public engaged with debates, live experiments, exclusive demonstrations, interactive workshops, and more.

The following ADAPT Centre projects were showcased at PROBE 2019:

The Heliosphere:

The Heliosphere takes the question “Would you swap your partner with a Robot designed to be ‘the one’?” as the starting point for an all inclusive debate about the future of meaningful relationships and how technology will change it.

The Heliosphere revolves around a 360 degree camera which allows online audiences to partake in the debate. The physically present audience sits in a circle around a main round table at which a limited number of members debate directly. The inner circle can vacate their place at any time to let members of the outer circle join.


The INTERACT project seeks to understand the role of translation in preparing for and responding to crises. The importance of translation is sometimes overlooked in Anglo-centric populations, so our demonstration seeks to bring home to those who normally have information at their fingertips how crucial it is to have translated information too.

Participants watched a crisis communication video using an eye tracker to see where they focus their attention and learn the importance of having information you understand in a crisis situation.

Can a machine be racist? 

Information shared in the online medium suffers from issues such as who is the real owner of the content, duplication, fake news, disinformation, and so on.

ADAPT researchers presented an interactive presentation that will raise thought-provoking questions on this topic. For example, can a machine be racist? Can a machine discriminate based on gender? Can explanations help identify racism in the machine-generated decisions?

Investigation of Brain Health: Genetics, Lifestyle and Dementia:

Andrew Allen gave a talk about healthy ageing, brain health and genetics. Andrew’s research examines genomics, brain health and lifestyle factors associated with dementia risk in healthy older adults.

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