CeADAR, the Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence (AI), has said its portfolio of technology demonstrator projects will now be freely available to license by companies and industry for potential use in their Covid-19 research and development activities. 

CeADAR, an Enterprise Ireland and IDA-funded technology centre, is a partnership between University College Dublin (UCD) and TU Dublin and is based at NexusUCD, the Industry Partnership Centre. 

It focuses on developing tools, techniques and technologies that enable more people, organisations and industries to use analytics and AI for better decision making and sustained competitive advantage. 

CeADAR said it will work with NovaUCD and TU Dublin Hothouse to license relevant technology demonstrator projects using Knowledge Transfer Ireland's (KTI) recently announced dedicated Covid-19 non-exclusive royalty-free (NERF) Licence. 

The available technology demonstrator projects are in the broad areas of artificial intelligence, data analytics and machine learning.

They have been developed by CeADAR researchers at UCD and TU Dublin over the last several years and are based on proposals received from industry members.

All of the proposals are at the proof-of-concept stage, which demonstrate the potential of the particular technical approach to the challenges set by members.

"At CeADAR we want to play our part in helping companies and industry who are engaged in R&D activities to address challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As such we are delighted to make our portfolio of technology demonstrator projects available under a NERF licence to interested parties," commented Dr Edward McDonnell, CeADAR Director. 

"These demonstrator projects were not developed with Covid-19 in mind and will need to be reworked once use cases have been identified by industry and we can also support industry in this regard with our technical expertise and knowledge," he added.