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World Statistics Day

World Statistics Day
The Genius of George Boole
  • 20 Oct 2015 - 20 Oct 2015
  • 5:00pm
  • United Nations Headquarters

UN Film Screening & Panel Discussion

The General Assembly of the United Nations has designated October 20th, 2015 as World Statistics Day, noting that 2015 marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Boole and that his application of the principles of logic as a form of algebra underpins all modern computer science.  The theme for World Statistics Day is “Better Data. Better Lives.”

Professor George Boole, widely regarded as the forefather of the Information Age, was the first Professor of Mathematics at University College Cork, Ireland.   In recognition of George Boole’s work and his enduring legacy, the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, in partnership with University College Cork, invites you to a panel discussion which will situate George Boole’s contribution in both a historical and contemporary context, focussing in particular on the global benefits of “better data”.  The discussion will be followed by a special celebratory reception.

There will be a screening of the new documentary, “The Genius of George Boole” at 5pm prior to the panel discussion at 6.30pm for which a limited number of tickets are available.  If you would like to reserve a place for the documentary screening please contact Karen Kelly on

Panel Speakers from University College Cork

  • The Life and Legacy of Professor George Boole - Dr. Michael B. Murphy

Michael B. Murphy is the 14th President of the University College Cork.  Professor Murphy graduated in Medicine from University College Cork.  He undertook doctoral research at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (now Imperial College, London).  Following a decade on the Faculty at the University of Chicago, he returned to Ireland in 1992 as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at University College Cork and subsequently served as Dean of Medicine and Health.  Professor Murphy has authored over 100 original articles on prevention and therapeutic management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  He has been lead investigator in a number of large international clinical trials. A former Chairman of the Health Research Board of Ireland, board member of the Irish Health Service Executive and he is currently a member of Council of the European Universities Association.

  • ICT for Development - Professor Barry O’Sullivan

Professor Barry O'Sullivan is the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Cork, and leads the centre's research group on optimisation and decision analytics. He is a Full Professor (Chair of Constraint Programming) in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. Professor O'Sullivan is a Fellow and board member of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence, the world's largest artificial intelligence society, and a Senior Member of AAAI, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He was the longest serving President of the international Association for Constraint Programming until 2012; he received the association's Distinguished Service Award for that leadership. Professor O’Sullivan has been involved in winning more than €140 million in research funding, of which approximately €25 million has directly funded his research at UCC. He is very active in the field of analytics for sustainability. For example, he co-chaired the 2012 International Conference on Computational Sustainability, he chaired a masterclass on the topic at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA in 2013, and co-chaired the 2015 AAAI Special Track on Computational Sustainability. Professor O'Sullivan is an editor of Springer's book series on "Artificial Intelligence: Foundations, Theory, and Algorithms", and serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals.

  • Big Data and Human Rights - Professor Maeve McDonagh

Professor Maeve McDonagh is an academic lawyer specialising in information law. Professor McDonagh is author of Freedom of Information Law, 3rd ed. (Round Hall, 2015) and Cyber Law (with M. O’Dowd), 2nd ed. (Kluwer Wolters, 2015). She has published widely in the field of information law and has advised on the drafting and implementation of FOI legislation in a range of jurisdictions.  In 2012, Professor McDonagh was one of three international experts on freedom of information law appointed as members of the newly established Independent Appeals Panel on access to information of the Asian Development Bank. In 2013, she was appointed by the Irish government to the FOI Implementation Review Group.  She is a former Deputy Chair of the Press Council of Ireland (2006 – 2013) and is currently a member of the board of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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