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. Knowledge Management & Extract

Knowledge is an organisations main asset. ADAPT is spearheading analysis of large multimedia data sources to facilitate knowledge extraction and management.1

2. Search & Information Retrieval

We develop smarter search and retrieval technologies that help deliver the most relevant digital content to the user.2

3. FinTech

We are leading on innovations in payments, insurance and regulation technologies that are capable of creating significant change in financial services.3

4. Machine Translation

We extend the effectiveness of all the MT system types across a wide range of languages and domains.4

5. 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. 5

6. Multimedia Content Summary

ADAPT technology takes multimedia such as video, images and voice and interpreted and condenses the information around topics of interest.6

7. 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.7

8. 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.8

9. Personalisation

ADAPT delivers personalisation services in a range of learning environments ranging from technical undergraduate courses to airline training procedures.9

10. Natural Language Processing

ADAPT has unique expertise in active learning, statistical NLP and crowd-sourced annotation.10

11. Social Media Content Analysis

Our analysis techniques allow more powerful tailored access to customer and community insights.11

12. Neural Networks

ADAPT is taking the core expertise of neural networks and applying it to a series of content scenarios.12

13. 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.13

14. Artificial Intelligence

ADAPT is pushing the boundaries of human speech and gesture recognition to increase the accuracy of robotic interpretation.14

15. 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.15

16. Image & Video Processing

Using novel technologies we allow people and organisations to converse and engage more deeply with digital content.16

17. 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.17

18. 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.18

19. 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. 19

Our Research Themes

1. 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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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. 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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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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Conference Paper

Conference Paper

Proceedings of MLP MomenT 2018: The Second Workshop on Multi-Language Processing in a Globalising World - The First Workshop on Multilingualism at the intersection of Knowledge Bases and Machine Translation

Conference Paper

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems, VEHITS 2018

Conference Paper

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems, SMARTGREENS 2018

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Research News

Séamus Lawless to Climb Mount Everest for Barretstown



Working with ADAPT - Industry Partners Have Their Say

ADAPT Centre Launch H2020 Programme that will Support the Realisation of a EU Digital Single Market
  • Event
  • 8th Mar 2019, 9AM
  • Bank of Ireland Workbench, Trinity College Dublin

Bank of Ireland Workbench, Trinity College Dublin

Exploring Gender in Research

International Women's Day will be celebrated by ADAPT on March 8th with a discussion on 'Gender in Research'.
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Can a robot fall in love?

For Valentine's Day, Dr Luca Longo ponders whether robots are capable of falling in love.

14 Feb
Séamus Lawless to Climb Mount Everest for Barretstown

ADAPT Assistant Professor, Séamus Lawless, will head to the top of the world for Barretstown children’s charity

13 Feb
ADAPT Centre Launch H2020 Programme that will Support the Realisation of a EU Digital Single Market

A new fellowship programme, ELITE-S, will offer 16 prestigious two-year fellowships in the area of ICT standards.

1 Feb

Working with ADAPT - Industry Partners Have Their Say

Navigating Privacy in a Data Centric World

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