LONDON The £20 million Intelligent Systems Research Centre, (ISRC) has been opened on the Magee campus of the University of Ulster and is predicted to make a major contribution to international research in computational intelligence and bio-inspired computing.
Invest Northern Ireland has offered the university £7.2 million of funding through its Centres of Excellence Programme in partnership with the Integrated Development Fund (IDF). The investment will enable the research centre to expand to approximately 100 researchers including high-level R&D posts.
“The research carried here could help attract further investment by globally recognised companies seeking to tap into our growing knowledge base. In addition, there is the potential for new spin out companies to be created and the ISRC can encourage local businesses to embrace the concept of innovation and how it can make them more competitive” said Economy Minister Nigel Dodds when opening the center.
The University of Ulster’s Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett added: “Our ambition is to enhance the University of Ulster’s existing global reputation for research excellence. The Intelligent Systems Research Centre, under the expert direction of Professor Martin McGinnity, can now establish a critical mass of skilled people and grow a research unit which will create a powerful stream of economic benefits.”