Adrian Johnston joined Digital Catapult NI in December 2018 as the Director of operations. Johnston has 20 years industrial experience having previously worked for Seagate Technology in their Springtown facility in Northern Ireland. His most recent role was as Principal Managing Engineer for Analytics with Seagate Technology. He led a team of engineers based in Springtown, Northern Ireland and Bloomington, Minnesota identifying and implementing Advanced Analytics business solutions. With a PhD in Informatics and AI, Johnston has continued to drive industrially led research in advanced manufacturing with both Ulster University and Queens University Belfast. He was a key contributor to design of CARL (cognitive analytics research Lab) at UU and was a board member of CSIT / ECIT’s industrial panel. He continues to engage with the research community and contributes to a number of panels on future UK AI strategy, funding and policy.
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