Media invite: International experts on artificial intelligence to speak at Waterford announcement of the Professor Mike Cooley CollectionWIT

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2019

Time: 2pm

Location: Health Sciences Board Room, the O’Connell Bianconi Building, WIT Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford.


Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) INSYTE Research Centre is pleased to announce that it has acquired by donation from the Cooley Family the entire archive of Prof Mike Cooley.

On Thursday, 7 March 2019, a Computing International Research Day announcing the Professor Mike Cooley Collection will take place at WIT. Speakers include Distinguished Professor Karamjit Gill, Editor-in-Chief, Artificial Intelligence and Society and Distinguished Professor Petros Groumpos, University of Patras, Greece, a leading expert in artificial intelligence and automation.

WIT has a long tradition of human-centered systems education and research and the Centre for INformation SYstems and TEchno-culture (INSYTE) is an interdisciplinary, cross-school research centre in the field of information systems and organizations.

Prof Mike Cooley’s legacy is of historical importance at a time when the march of technology is again transforming working life and human relationships. His legacy is huge and publications include 16 books and the founding of a major journal. Cooley’s work has been translated into over twenty languages, from Finnish to Japanese. His seminal book is “Architect or Bee? The Human Price of Technology”, continues to be print following its first publication almost forty years ago. His most recent book “Delinquent Genius” published in Autumn 2018 includes a foreword by President Higgins and was sold out in weeks.

The archive was donated through INSYTE to the Luke Wadding Library at WIT and includes over 1,400 items including photographs, correspondences, journals, books, drawings, videos, cassette tapes, and slides. WIT scholars in the library and INSYTE are working together to explore this digital resource. The donation is of enormous academic significance, and institute librarians have begun actively curating this large collection to make it available to the national and international scholarly community.

While Professor Cooley will not be in attendance a member of his family will attend the event.