Welcome to the GoldenLab

The GoldenLab is an interdisciplinary research group in the University of Galway’s School of Natural Sciences, College of Science and Engineering.

We work on large scale & complex astronomical data, and look for opportunities to apply the lessons learned to help solve real world problems in areas as diverse as medical imaging and climate science (see Research)

Involvement in cutting edge astronomical research using both optical and radio telescopes here in Ireland (the I-LOFAR telecope in Birr), in Chile (European Southern Observatory), in South Africa (SALT), and in the United States (James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope) provide the ideal drivers for such technological innovation in imaging, data anaysis and the application of AI solutions.

An excellent example of this is the TAPAS project - winner of the Science Foundation Ireland’s Future Innovator Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Societal Good Challenge - which combines expertise in time-series analysis, image processing and AI to measure the effectiveness of measures to adapt agriculture to climate change in the Global South using earth observation data.

The Lab is located in the Arts and Sciences Building on the main University of Galway campus, in close proximity to the Centre of Astronomy, the School of Computer Science, the Ryan Institute’s Geospatial Core Facility, and the Medical Physics & Applied Optics groups in the School of Natural Sciences.

If you’re interested in working with us, please get in touch… (more info) !

We acknowledge funding from the Health Research Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Geological Survey Ireland, the Irish Research Council, and from Science Foundation Ireland.


29. February 2024

Congratulations to incoming ICAT fellow Dr. Lisa Kiely! Lisa will be working between UCC and the University of Galway on her PhD project entitled 'IMAGINE - Imaging Morphea: Advancements for DiaGnosis and INtensive Evaluation' using a blend of ML, hyperspectral imaging and clinical biomarkers.

28. February 2024

The TAPAS team held an incredibly productive off-site workshop with with our CGIAR partners in Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT headquarters in Rome.

23. February 2024

Prof. Martin Hendry from the University of Glasgow visited as part of the Institute of Physics Tyndall Lectures across the country - v. interesting discussions about jointly using LISA and the ELT!

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