The Irish Computer Society (ICS) has awarded a Fellowship to Edward McDonnell in recognition of his impressive contributions to the ICT sector.

A prolific inventor and AI expert, Edward is Director of the National Centre for Applied Data Analytics & Machine Intelligence. The Centre, which is funded by EI and IDA Ireland, has over 80 member companies across a wide span of industries. Its primary focus is on delivering industry prototypes, technology demonstrators and state-of-the-art reviews.

Prior to being appointed Director of CeADAR, Edward was European Director of Innovation & Technology Research at Fidelity Investments. The role involved prospecting for FinTech technology and investment opportunities across Europe, understanding developments in the European innovation ecosystem, and directing technology trials.

Edward has also held various technical and global senior management roles in the Office of Strategy and Technology at Hewlett-Packard Europe based in England.

Edward holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, is a Fellow of the IEE, and is the named inventor on 76 granted patents. He has been awarded several international prizes including the Scientific American top 50 technologies that demonstrate outstanding leadership.