Irish Research Council-funded scholar Kevin Brosnan picks up KTI Impact Award



Posted: 27 April, 2018

Pictured (L-R): Kevin Brosnan with colleagues and Minister John Halligan

Irish Research Council awardee Kevin Brosnan, of the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) Centre in the University of Limerick, was recognised at the Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact awards on 26 April.

In 2017, Xtract 360, an Irish start-up, commissioned a consultancy project with the MACSI Centre. MACSI researchers developed mathematical and statistical modelling techniques, to be built into Xtract 360’s car crash monitoring software. The physical model detects impacts using GPS and accelerometer data recorded prior to and during an accident and identifies the time and force of an impact, the physical point of impact on the vehicle and provides an estimation of the trajectory taken by the vehicle and aspects of the driving itself. The company now aims to further scale business development across Europe and the US, armed with a robust, production ready model for the motor claims industry.

Kevin’s postgraduate work underpinned this project and was funded by the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. This scheme provides exceptional early-career researchers across all disciplines with the funding to cultivate their ideas and develop as independent researchers.

The recognition of Kevin’s work by the KTI Impact Awards is just one example demonstrating the importance of Council funding for early-career researchers, which enables individual researchers from any disciplinary background to be supported to develop a cutting-edge research project. By making individual awards across all disciplines and career stages, the Council enables a vibrant, talented research community and future-proofs Ireland. Kevin’s award also demonstrates how basic research can catalyse direct societal and economic benefits.

The Council offers its congratulations to Kevin and all the winners at the 2018 KTI Impact Awards.

Read a post by Kevin and Sinéad Burke on RTÉ Brainstorm about the research underlying the award.