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Research and Enterprise Priority Areas

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DCU research creates new knowledge and technologies to enhance capabilities in the following key thematic areas. These areas are supported by the business development team in DCU Invent who can introduce relevant DCU technologies and expertise to enterprises, and help enterprises connect with appropriate experts within DCU.  

 Health technologies and the healthy society

The Health Technologies and the Healthy and Ageing Society priority area focuses on developing and implementing technologies to address the challenges of an ageing society. The Health Technologies area brings together research from multiple disciplines in DCU. In particular, it can integrate biomedical research with technology and social sciences to provide innovative solutions to problems in many areas: Smart pharma: innovations to address challenges in the biopharmaceutical industry; Pre-clinical discovery: a multi-disease approach to investigating mechanism underpinning chronic disease; Translating biomedical research into practical application: unique capability in sensor-based devices; Connected health: an integrated approach to improving life for patients through healthcare innovations.

We can arrange ready access to DCU’s patent portfolio and can help to create interactions with DCU researchers that are tailored to fit the specific needs of individual enterprises. For further information and opportunities for collaboration contact:

 Research Areas
  • Biomedical Research
  • Oncology
  • Autoimmune Disease and Inflammatory Conditions
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pain
  • Ocular Disease
  • Dementia
  • Development of therapeutics
  • Improvement of processess for bio-pharmaceutical production
  • Patient focused lifestyle interventions
  • Health Policy design and implementation
  • Functional Food & Food safety
  • Diagnostic Technologies
 Associated Technology Platforms
  • Cell and Molecular Analysis
  • Computer vision
  • Bio-engineering
  • Tissue engineering 
  • Medical devices
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Advance Analytics
  • Bio-therapeutic technologies including GMP
  • Sensor Technologies
  • Diagnostic Technologies

 Information technology and the digital society

The Information Technology and the Digital Society priority area helps to transfer DCU’s ICT-based research outputs into the digital economy, and provides access to expertise within DCU that is available for consultancy, and for collaborative or contract research. Available expertise covers: semiconductor manufacturing, data analytics, cloud computing, intelligent content. This area brings together multi-disciplinary teams of researchers capable of addressing significant challenges to generate innovative solutions. We have vast experience in collaborations with national and international academic and industry partners, as well as in direct contract research with enterprises from SMEs to global corporations.

We can arrange ready access to DCU’s patent portfolio and can help to create interactions with DCU researchers that are tailored to fit the specific needs of individual enterprises.For further information on ICT research and opportunities for collaboration contact:

 Research Areas

Cloud Computing

  • Business Models and Best Practice
  • Cloud Applications
  • Cloud Services Development and Architectures
  • Security and Governance

Sensor web technologies

  • Multimodal Media Analysis
  • Human Interaction analytics
  • Real world life-logging
  • Navigation of digital archives
  • Personal sensing
  • Societal Network Analysis

Networks Communications

  • Network Processor Design - Switching theory and Routing protocols
  • RF propagation modelling 
  • Performance of Mobile and Wireless Communications
  • Wireless Sensor Networks 
  • Quality-oriented Adaptive Multimedia Delivery
  • Adaptive Web-based Systems

Language Technologies

  • Localisation (content, software, games, medical)
  • Digital media (interactive content, games, publishing, user experience, personalisation)
  • Commerce / eService (customer care, customer assurance)
  • Social media analytics / end user experience (voice of the customer, user interaction)
  • Educational media and services (eLearning, workplace learning, informal learning)
  • Entertainment (eGames, eBooks)
  • Service interoperability & consolidation (multi-lingual, multi-media, multi-modal)
  • Risk analytics and management (content mining, sentiment analysis)
  • Global content strategy (global marketing, content curation, advertising)
  • Regulatory compliance (financial services, medical services)
  • Fraud detection and avoidance (identity management, privacy)

Vision systems engineering

  • Quantitative Image Analysis 
  • Medical Image Analysis 
  • 3D Imaging / Computing Cluster 
  • Imaging (Acquisition) & Visualization 
  • Prototyping environment for image processing and analysis application development

Secure information systems

  • Development of reliable and secure software

Modelling and scientific computing

  • Development of the mathematical model or data sourcing 
  • Design/Implementation of algorithms 
  • Generation of solutions e.g. through numerical simulation of the phenomenon of interest, data mining, matching and/or analysis 
  • Representation of the computed results or analyses 
  • Interpretation of results and model validation 

 Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Content to be approved

See HERE for a full list of Research Centres at DCU.

 Sustainable economies and societies
  • Content to be approved

See HERE for a full list of Research Centres at DCU.

 Democratic and secure societies

Contemporary societies face major challenges around the inter-linked aims of democracy and security. DCU brings considerable expertise in the most important aspects of these challenges, in particular in conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuildingthe relationship between media and democracy, the importance of translation and inter-culturalism in contemporary society, the role of education as a driver of social change and inclusion.

In these areas, DCU has led national and internationally funded research projects for research councils, the EU, policy-makers and NGOs. We are committed to working with policy communities, civil society and enterprises when our expertise can be useful. 

To discuss how you might benefit from accessing expertise in DCU via consultancies, or contract or collaborative research, contact:

  • Prof. John Doyle, Acting Director, Democratic and Secure Societies, Tel +353 1 700 8084. Email:
  • Dr Jane Carrigan, Research Development Officer, Tel +353 8842262. Email:
 Research Areas


  • Education
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Information management
  • Security and trust
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Conflict resolution and reconstruction
  • Innovation in government


  • Business informatics
  • Business ethics
  • Security and trust
  • Mathematical finance
  • Health impact assessment
  • Business process improvements
  • Leadership and human resource management
  • Family businesses


  • Speech and language processing
  • Digital multimedia
  • Security and trust
  • Media analysis
  • Intelligent content
  • Journalism studies
  • Digital marketing

 Educational research and innovation
  • Content to be approved

See HERE for a full list of Research Centres at DCU.

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