ADAPT research is spearheading the development of next-generation digital technologies that enable seamless tech-mediated interaction and communication. The breadth of ADAPT's research expertise is unique globally and the Centre's structure supports collaborative innovation with industry to unlock the potential of digital content.  ADAPT has attracted over €50million research funding from Science Foundation Ireland and industry collaborations.

Our Key Research Areas

1. Digital Content Management

Our expertise covers the entire life cycle of digital content and our solutions are helping organisations navigate an increasingly complex digital content landscape.1

2. Social Media Content Analysis

Our analysis techniques allow more powerful tailored access to customer and community insights.2

3. Deep Learning

Our Deep Learning research has led to industrial knowledge transfer and is proving beneficial to a range of business situations including the recognition of sarcasm and the improvement of text analysis technologies. 3

4. Sentiment Analysis

Techniques developed within ADAPT allowed users to gain an accurate overview of ongoing public events in public broadcasting. They also facilitate the identification of novel audience segmentation. 4

5. Virtual & Augmented Reality

ADAPT’s technology facilitates the recognition of relationships between multi-dimensional data sets by providing new ways to interpret, interact with and gain insights from data.5

6. Artificial Intelligence

ADAPT is pushing the boundaries of human speech and gesture recognition to increase the accuracy of robotic interpretation.6

7. Personalisation

ADAPT delivers personalisation services in a range of learning environments ranging from technical undergraduate courses to airline training procedures.7

8. Neural Networks

ADAPT is taking the core expertise of neural networks and applying it to a series of content scenarios.8

9. Semantic Web & Linked Data

ADAPT works on technology that links different types of information allowing the user a fuller experience of their data searches. Examples include geographic details, historical information, public opinion and recommendations.9

10. Machine Learning

Our Machine Learning models enable the analysis of complex data such as financial data sets giving accurate results on large scale data sets.10

11. Knowledge Management & Extract

Knowledge is an organisations main asset. ADAPT is spearheading analysis of large multimedia data sources to facilitate knowledge extraction and management.11

12. Natural Language Processing

ADAPT has unique expertise in active learning, statistical NLP and crowd-sourced annotation.12

13. Ethics & Privacy

We are prompting the public discourse on the ethical and privacy issues raised by digital engagement and the development of digital and content technologies.13

14. Search & Information Retrieval

We develop smarter search and retrieval technologies that help deliver the most relevant digital content to the user.14

15. Machine Translation

We extend the effectiveness of all the MT system types across a wide range of languages and domains.15

16. Multimedia Content Summary

ADAPT technology takes multimedia such as video, images and voice and interpreted and condenses the information around topics of interest.16

17. FinTech

We are leading on innovations in payments, insurance and regulation technologies that are capable of creating significant change in financial services.17

18. Multimodal Interaction

We use psychometric approaches and social sensing to adapt rendering of content, based on the analysis of features such as voice and gesture.18

19. Image & Video Processing

Using novel technologies we allow people and organisations to converse and engage more deeply with digital content.19

Our Research Themes

1. Interacting with Global Content

The focus is on supporting conversational content that adapts to the user's cognitive state to maintain an engaging multimodal dialogue regardless of physical context.

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2. Managing the Global Conversation

Addressing the tools that individuals, organisations and society need to efficiently manage the complex data flows that arise from rapid innovation in digital content technologies.

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3. Transforming Global Content

Achieving translation of controlled quality across multiple language pairs and domains can leverage human interactions for effective and authentic communication across language and cultural barriers.

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4. Understanding Global Content

Language technology research focusing on the analysis, annotation and extraction of meaningful knowledge from textual, spoken or video content across languages and domains.

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5. Personalising the User Experience

Centred on adapting service and content to how individual users most naturally discover, share and use content so that it is both pertinent to their current tasks and minimises the cognitive load.

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Research Initiative

Ethics and Privacy

Ethical and privacy issues need to be to the forefront during technology development and ADAPT helps industry and individuals understand, manage and control overwhelming amounts of content.

Case Study

Personalised Content Recommendation

Present your customers with tailored web content!

Case Study

SentiWords Tweet

Revealing public opinion about politicians and parties during the Irish General Election 2016.

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Our Experts

ADAPT is internationally renowned for its research expertise. The Centre is made up of a vibrant international community of academics, researchers, developers and business professionals.

115 Expert Researchers
80 Industry Partners
327 Published Papers
10 Experts
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Journal Article

Introduction to Special Issue of the 23rd International Conference on Multimedia Modeling


Generating High-Quality Surface Realizations Using Data Augmentation and Factored Sequence Models


ADELE: Care and Companionship for Independent Aging


Object Geolocation from Crowdsourced Street Level Imagery 

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Research News

Irish Students test their Skills in the 12th All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad



ADAPT's Inspiring Education and Public Engagement Programme

New Start -up MoveAhead Games Uses Video Games to Encourage Movement in Children

National events

Explore the Growing Role of Artificial Intelligence in our Lives

ADAPT is running a workshop for teachers to assist students in exploring the role AI is playing in our lives.
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ADAPT Welcomes US Delegation to Discuss AI strategy

Discussion on ADAPTs work in AI standards at international and EU level.

10 Feb
Irish Students test their Skills in the 12th All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

High levels of participation as over 1,000 secondary School students from schools across Ireland have taken part in the 2020 AILO first round.

6 Feb
New Start -up MoveAhead Games Uses Video Games to Encourage Movement in Children

MoveAhead Games is a new Start-up from ADAPT and DCU that will have health and cognitive benefits for children.

4 Feb

ADAPT's Inspiring Education and Public Engagement Programme

Explore the Growing Role of Artificial Intelligence in our Lives

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