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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 combined investment of around £30m and wealth of 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.