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About the Cognitive Analytics Research Lab

Delivering world-class cognitive analytics research capability.

About the Cognitive Analytics Research Lab

About the Cognitive Analytics Research Lab

Delivering world-class cognitive analytics research capability.


Our new Cognitive Analytics Research Lab (CARL) will deliver world-class cognitive analytics research capability, attracting significant local and international industry engagement as well as Foreign Direct Investment to the region.

Ulster has a long and proud history of expertise in Data Analytics both in terms of machine learning algorithms and the application of analytical techniques across a diverse range of domains. There are over 60 academic staff contributing to such research across all subject areas of the university. Recent investments include: £11m in the Centre for Stratified Medicine; £5m in Functional Brain Mapping facility; €4.5m in MIDAS (Meaningful Integration of Data, Analytics and Services); £1m in Capital Markets Collaboration; and in December 2016 €8.6m funding for the Centre for Precision Medicine – using data to improve Clinical Decision Making and Patient Safety.

CARL will consolidate this expertise into one centre and grow over the next 5 years to become a 200 person world-leading centre of excellence in Cognitive Analytics attracting international experts in the global research community to achieve world-leading research. This unique new centre will align Ulster University’s research capability in computing and intelligent systems together with our stratified medicine and our proposed Graduate Entry Medical School creating the opportunity to develop a distinct research capability which has global impact.

CARL is unique in that it is conceived and built from the ground up through collaborative consultation with our industry and civic stakeholders with a strong focus on economic and societal impact. The key focus for the centre will be application of research in Cognitive Analytics in a number of domain areas including (but not limited to):

  • Health
  • Financial Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Energy
  • Civic Society and Public Policy