University College Cork was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway. It became University College, Cork, under the Irish Universities Act of 1908. The university was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2016. In 2011, the QS World University Rankings ranked the university amongst the top 2% of universities worldwide. The university also received a 5-star rating in the QS University Rankings 2011. Also in 2011, University College Cork became the first university worldwide to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management. Today the university has over 18,000 students – of which there are over 12,000 undergraduate degree candidates. This student base is supported by over 2,500 staff. The university is one of Ireland’s leading research institutes, with the highest research income in the state. The university’s international research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments.
The group that will participate in SCOTT is the School of Computer Science and IT, and in particular the combined researchers of the Optimisation and Decision Analytics group within Insight at UCC, and the Networks group within Connect at UCC. Insight is Ireland’s national Centre for Data Analytics, and Connect is Ireland’s national centre for research in Future Networks and Communications.