WIT’s new Internet of Things course still open for applications

IOT image_webStudents interested in being part of THE biggest thing in computing since the internet was invented are in luck. Waterford Institute of Technology’s new Internet of Things course is still open for applications through the CAO’s ‘Available Places’ facility.

The course, which was developed in conjunction with world renowned research group, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), explores the disciplines, technologies, tools and business opportunities in connecting people, places and things.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in the Internet of Things will prepare graduates for the next wave innovation in computing. The programme will explore the software and devices that are transforming the way we live, work and interact. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a new type of Software Professional. They will possess an in-depth understanding of how connected devices can interoperate with mobile and cloud applications to deliver new categories of product and services.

If students are interested, they can apply through the CAO’s ‘Available Places’ facility on https://www.cao.ie/index.php?page=aboutVPL now.

According to Eamonn de Leastar, joint Course Leader of the programme, “WIT is very excited about the introduction of the new honours degree programme. The Internet of Things degree embodies a fusion of skills previously seen as separate disciplines: programming and the world of digital and analogue electronics. While our primary focus will be in first class software skills, understanding devices, sensors, networking and communications technology will offer fascinating insights to our students. We believe they will be able to envisage, design and implement the future!

Eamonn added, “Powerful, connected, always-on devices and sensors, combined with sophisticated cloud infrastructure are fast becoming a major focus for new products and services.  The graduate will be ideally positioned with a unique combination of knowledge in a new and exciting field.”

Dr. Paul O’Leary, also joint Course Leader of the programme: “We can already see this in action with the proliferation of new ways of measuring, tracking and visualisation health and fitness activities via smart phones, watches and various other sensors. We are also seeing major developments in the smart home arena, with new ways for monitoring the home for comfort, energy efficiency and security. Many of these products and services are already in the mainstream, with innovations in the pipeline for whole range of industries including agriculture, tourism, the environment, construction, local government and many others.”

The programme has been jointly developed by Department of Computing & Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Technology at WIT. In addition, the development team encompasses expertise from the WIT research community active in the IoT domain.   In particular, the combined expertise of research teams at TSSG, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation, the Convergence Technologies Research Group (CTRG), a multi-disciplinary research cluster combining expertise in various next generation technologies and the Automotive Control Group, very active in Automotive research– with a particular focus on the Connected Car of the future.