College of Engineering and Informatics

The College of Engineering and Informatics has an active programme of research in each of its constituent disciplines. Much of this work has already achieved a degree of scale with the creation of reasonably well-funded research groups and research centres within various disciplines. Some of the College research is now managed as part of larger University-wide institutes, such as:

Members of the College have been significant contributors to the successful development of these institutes and will remain core participants in the future.

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics was created to realise the vision of creating a healthier, safer, more productive world by empowering a data-driven society to enable better decisions by individuals, communities, business and governments. Insight is a joint initiative between NUI Galway, University College Dublin, University College Cork and Dublin City University. The research at Insight in NUI Galway continues the work of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute and focuses on the topics of Linked Data and Semantic Web while investigating the application of this research in multiple domains including Smart Enterprise, Digital Humanities, Connected Health and eGovernment. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m.

The Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) is a dynamic group of research scientists based at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI Galway. While NFB’s core service centres on academic research and development within the University, much of our work facilitates the development of collaborations with the medical device industry both nationally and internationally through technology transfer initiatives.

The National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science's ethos is the cultivation of an interdisciplinary environment, with scientists, engineers, IT specialists and clinicians working together to answer questions of scientific and clinical importance. The strength of the Centre lies in the combined expertise, skills and creativity of a wide range of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines, working side by side on challenging research programmes.

The Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway, was formed in 2010 as a result of the strategic merger between the Environmental Change Institute and the Martin Ryan Institute for Marine Science. The Ryan Institute's affiliated researchers are committed to knowledge sharing and collaboration across the sciences, engineering, social sciences and medicine
In pursuing the goal of achieving international scale and prominence for our broader research programme, the recent academic plan for the College identified a number of areas of strength across the College and beyond. These priority research areas include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Enterprise Computing
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Methodologies
  • Communications and Intelligent Devices
  • Electronic Systems
  • Manufacturing

A number of other areas will continue to develop and build upon their international profile, but are less amenable to inter-departmental collaboration and are more specific to their departmental disciplines. These include: Power Engineering, Control Systems Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Human Factors and Socio-Economic Impact of ICTs.

More information is available from the Office of the VP of Research and the following Websites:

Link to research groups within the College

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