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    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Prof Damien Coyle is a Professor of Neurotechnology and a UKRI Turing AI Fellow, and was Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Ulster University’s Magee Campus (2017-2022). His research focuses on developing AI to address challenges associated with translating electrophysiological signals into control signals for brain-computer interface (BCI) based neurotechnology and trialing these developments on a large scale with patients and end-users. He has published over 190 research papers in areas such as computational intelligence/AI, bio-signal processing, computational neuroscience, neuroimaging, neurotechnology, neurogaming, and brain-computer interface (BCI) applications. He has supervised 22 PhD researchers (11 completed to date). 

Prof Coyle won several prestigious international awards including the 2008 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, the 2011 International Neural Network Society (INNS) Young Investigator of the Year Award, and the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year Award 2018. He was an Ulster University Distinguished Research Fellow in 2011, a Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow in 2013, a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow in 2016-2017, and is currently an Ulster Senior Distinguished Research Fellow and Turing AI Acceleration Fellow 2021-25.

He secured over £18m external grant income and manages several industry-led data analytics projects targeting AIops, advanced manufacturing and predictive analytics and is academic lead in Ulster’s Cognitive Analytics Research Laboratory (CARL). As Research Director he led Ulster University’s research excellence framework (REF2021) submission in Computer Science and Informatics with 69.6 full-time equivalent academic staff with significant responsibility for research.  He is director of Ulster’s Spatial Computing and Neurotechnology Innovation Hub (SCANi-hub), Ulster's principal investigator for the Northern Ireland High-Performance Computing Facility (NI-HPC), and is co-investigator for the Northern Ireland Functional Brain Mapping Facility (NIFBM).

He is a founding member of the International Brain-Computer Interface Society, an IEEE Brain Steering Committee member, advisory board member for the UK Neurotechnology Innovation Network, and chairs the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) UKIreland chapter. He is Founder and CEO of NeuroCONCISE Ltd, an award-winning, AI-enabled, wearable neurotechnology company.

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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