Expert Profile

Dr Barry O’Sullivan
Position(s) Polymath Fellow, Artificial Intelligence at the GCSP – Full Professor, School of Computer Science & IT at University College Cork

Professor O’Sullivan is a full professor at the School of Computer Science & IT at University College Cork. He is founding Director of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at UCC and Director of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI. He works in the fields of artificial intelligence, constraint programming, operations research, AI/data ethics, and public policy. He contributes to several global Track II diplomacy efforts at the interface of geopolitics and artificial intelligence.
Professor O'Sullivan is a Fellow and a past President of the European AI Association (EurAI). He is also a Fellow and served as a member of the Executive Council of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). Professor O'Sullivan has served as Vice Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI. He currently represents the EU at GPAI - the Global Partnership on AI.
Professor O’Sullivan holds several ministerial appointments, such as Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for Medical Devices and member of Ireland's AI Advisory Council. His awards include Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year (2016), Member of the Royal Irish Academy (2017), IPEC-EATCS Nerode Prize (2020), Science Foundation Ireland Best International Engagement Award (2021), European AI Association’s Distinguished Service Award (2023).