Trilateral Research shortlisted for Invest in Ireland Awards

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Date: 8 March 2024

Trilateral Research’s Head of Irish Operations, Dr Rachel Finn and Air Quality Programme Manager Dr Ruaraidh Dobson attended Invest in Ireland’s award ceremony at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Thursday 7 March 2024, having been shortlisted in both ‘Best Regional Investment’ and ‘Best use of R&D’ categories.

The Invest in Ireland Awards have been running since 2018, rewarding excellence in the inward foreign direct investment sector in the Republic of Ireland. This year, Trilateral’s work across Ireland has ensured continued regional investment from the EU, and the introduction of STRIAD:AIR in Trim, County Meath, has allowed the town to monitor the impact of poor air quality on local public health. Further information on each of the shortlisted categories are included below:

Best Regional Investment

The Trilateral Research office in Waterford has been bringing cutting-edge responsible AI research, services, and technology to Ireland, driving regional benefit. Trilateral’s values-driven, community-focused approach to developing ethical AI has made them a trusted partner in both public and private sectors and enabled regional growth throughout Ireland. They have created 53 specialist hybrid/remote jobs in ethical AI, data protection and cybersecurity in Ireland and brought in more than €10 million in European research funding. Their projects in sustainability and climate action in particular are giving small, regional communities the opportunity to be at the forefront of technological innovations. They also ensure a positive impact on Ireland’s carbon footprint, and support Ireland as a centre of innovation in sustainability and climate action.

Best use of R&D

Trilateral’s STRIAD:AIR tool allows councils, governments and public authorities to evaluate the real cost of air pollution in local lives affected and healthcare spending. In Trim, where the tool was originally developed, Trilateral have shown that local air pollution levels are likely responsible for six cases of asthma, four cases of diabetes and three strokes annually. STRIAD:AIR’s insights allow councils to lobby central government for climate action projects by demonstrating the likely returns on investment against compounding healthcare costs, justifying the initial outlay for sustainability projects. Using STRIAD:AIR, has confirmed that if every council in Ireland reduced air pollution by 20%, more than 360 lives would be saved per year, reducing costs to the HSE by €18 million annually.

On receiving industry recognition for Trilateral’s work in Ireland, Dr Finn commented,

We are delighted to have the work we do at Trilateral recognised for the second year in a row. Ireland has been a strong launch pad for us to expand our ethical AI footprint, allowing us to export our products and services to the EU and USA. The support we have received from the IDA and other Irish institutions has been invaluable in the success of Trilateral Research’s innovations and operations.



You can find out more about Trilateral’s approach to ethical AI here.

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