Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan, met a special resident at the opening of the €20.6 million Eolas Building – Maynooth University’s new enterprise and technology hub.
The Nao robot is from the Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. It’s sophistication has won Maynooth University national and international acclaim including success at the international RoboCup in 2013.
Prof Nolan expects Eolas to drive innovative teaching methods, foster collaboration with industry and deepen a culture of ‘spin-out’ companies.
“As a hub for the fields of information and communication technology Eolas will break down the boundaries that too often exist between academia and enterprise—and between students and the world of work.”
Eolas houses two of the University’s world-renowned research institutes, the Hamilton Institute and the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); the Maynooth University Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering; MaynoothWorks, the University’s new business incubator; and the University’s own IT Services.