E74 Conor McGinn, CEO at Akara Robotics and Funded Investigator at the ADAPT Centre

    Welcome to episode 74 of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that explores the applications and research of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on the island of Ireland.

    Our mission is to increase the use of AI for the benefit of our society, our competitiveness and everyone living in Ireland.

    In today’s show, we’re delighted to welcome back Conor McGinn, CEO at Akara Robotics and Funded Investigator at the ADAPT Centre. A spinout from one of Europe’s leading robotics labs at Trinity College Dublin, Akara Robotics’ mission is to develop new technologies that can empower and support frontline workers in the healthcare industry.

    Akara offers an end-to-end disinfectant solution that can be deployed in hospitals, nursing homes and potentially endless other areas where harmful germs reside. The system uses a patent-protected, state-of-the-art disinfection robot known as ‘Violet’, which has emerged from nearly two years of collaboration with some of Ireland’s leading microbiologists at Trinity College Dublin.

    Topics include:

    • The work he is doing at Akara Robotics
    • Their Human centered approach to developing Robots
    • The importance of collaboration to achieve success
    • How their recent funding will help grow the company
    • Technologies used to create their disinfection robot ‘Violet’
    • How ‘Violet’ will impact the Healthcare industry



    A big thank you to Conor for being this week’s guest on the AI Ireland Podcast. If you would like to learn more about all the work happening at Akara Robotics, check out the website www.akara.ai.

    Finally, if you would like to hear more from AI Ireland, please reach out to us to learn more about AI Ireland membership and how to get involved with the 2021 AI Awards by contacting mark@aiawards.ie.

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