Prof. Willie Donnelly , Founder, Director, Chair of Executive Board at TSSG and Vice President of Research and Innovation in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

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Prof. Willie Donnelly
Founder, Director, Chair of Executive Board at TSSG and Vice President of Research and Innovation in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
Ph: +353 (0)51 845500
Email: wdonnelly@tssg.org

Personal Summary


Prof. Willie Donnelly is the Vice President of Research and Innovation in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Since assuming this role in 2004 WIT has secured in excess of €100m in research funding and has grown and consolidated its research competencies in a number of distinct areas; telecommunications, pharmaceutical and molecular biotechnology research, applied materials and eco-innovation.

Prof. Donnelly is also Director of Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) a world class research centre for mobile service and communications management. Prior to entering academia he worked for 15 years in the telecommunications and utilities industries. He founded Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at WIT in 1996, which has grown from 3 to 120 people and has received over €80M in competitive funding. He has positioned TSSG as one of Europe’s leading research centre in the Future Internet program. He has led more than 30 Pan-European projects working with key international industry players such as Ericsson, D-Telekom, ATOS and Nokia. He is the Irish representative on the European member state Future Internet Forum and Chair of the European Concertation Board for the Future Internet PPP program. He is a founding member of the European Digital Enlightenment Forum which is an expert level Think-Thank providing guidance to Europe on Digital Policy.

Prof. Donnelly’s main research interest is in communications management with particular emphasis on autonomic network management, bio-inspired network management, internet of things (IoT) and nano communications techniques and the challenges of managing the future internet. He has strategic research partnerships with major universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

Nationally he has led two HEA funded PRTLI projects, M-Zones and FutureCom. Both projects played a key role in establishing Ireland as a key research and innovation centre in communications management. He is presently the Director of the Science Foundation Ireland Strategic Research Centre FAME whose industry partners include Cisco, IBM and Alcatel Lucent.  FAME is recognised as one of the world leading research centres in communications management. He is also a Co-PI on the SFI funded Principle Investigator Precision Dairy project.

He established the WIT Arclabs Innovation Centre in 2005 a unique research and innovation platform combining world-class research, entrepreneurial training and business development and high potential start-ups which has led to the creation of more than 500 jobs in the region. It has support more than 200 industry/academic collaboration over the last 5 years.

The TSSG/Arclabs has established a cluster of High Potential Start-up companies in mobile services at its research centre at Arclabs which currently employs more than 160 people. He is a founding member of spin-out companies FeedHenry and Zolk C. FeedHenry is a major player in the Enterprise Mobile Applications in the Cloud and Zolk-C is a world leader in location based interaction technologies for tourism.

Publications


Publications

  • Balasubramaniam, S., Barrett, K., Donnelly, W., Strassner, J., & van der Meer, S. 2006, “Bio-inspired Policy Based Management (bioPBM) for Autonomic Communication Systems”, in Proceeding of the 7th IEEE Workshop on Policies for Distributed Systems and Networks (Policy 2006), Western Ontario, London, Canada.
  • Balasubramaniam, S., Donnelly, W., Botvich, D., Agoulmine, N., & Strassner, J. 2006, “Towards Integrating Principles of Molecular Biology for Autonomic Network Management”, in Proceeding of the 13th HP OpenView University Association (HP-OVUA) Workshop, Nice, France.
  • W. Donnelly & J. Clarke, “Architecture for Location Based Application of Third Generation Operation Support Systems (AlbatrOSS) Smart Home-based Scenarios”, International conference on Computer, Communication and Control Technologies (CCCT 2003), Florida, USA;
  • W. Donnelly & C. Ryan, “ Value based billing in a 3G IP services environment”, SCI 2002, Orlando, Florida, July 2002;
  • W Donnelly, “Reusable Building Blocks for Telecommunications Integration”, DRCN Conference Budapest. Oct 7-10 2001;
  • W Donnelly, “Customisable Resource Discovery Service”, E-business and E-work Conference, Venice, Italy,17-19 October 2001;
  • W Donnelly et Al, “Federated Accounting Systems”, IM 2001 Seattle, USA;
  • W Donnelly, “Internet Based Inter-Enterprise Management”, IT&T Conference, 4-6 April 2001, Riga, Latvia;
  • W Donnelly, “Integrated Management Systems to Support Advanced Multimedia based Telecommunications Systems”, Networking 2000 Conference, May 2000, Paris;
  • W Donnelly, “Scenarios for the evolution of management systems”, IDC’99, Madrid, September 1999;
  • W Donnelly, “Evolution of Management Systems”, ATM Forum Conference Rennes, France, March 1999;
  • W Donnelly, “Emerging technologies and Architectures for Broadband communications networks”, Journal of Interoperable Communications Networks, March 1999 , September 1999;
  • W Donnelly, “Managing Multiprovider Networks”, Computer Communications, 22 (1999) 1628-1632 Elsevier;
  • W Donnelly and D. Lewis, “Service Management System Design Methodology for Multiprovider Telecommunications Networks”, Globecom, Rio, 1999;
  • W Donnelly, “Strategic Guidelines from ACTS Programme”, Advances in Telecommunications Management Conference, London, U.K, 10/11 November 1998;
  • W Donnelly & V. Wade, “A Design Process for the Development of Multi Domain Service Management Systems”, ATMForum Workshop, Rennes March 1998;
  • W Donnelly & V. Wade , “Supporting Tele-educational Services in an Open Service Market”, ED-MEDIA/ED-TELECOM 1996 (International conference on Hypermedia and Tele-communications in Education), Boston, June 1996;
  • W Donnelly, “Work Flow for the integration of architectures : TINA and NMF”, DNAC’98 Conference, Paris, France 1-3 Dec 1998;
  • W Donnelly & , P. Mc Loughlin, “ODP as a Unifying Framework for the Development of Cooperative Service Management Systems”, TINA-C Conference, Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 1995;
  • W Donnelly, “Implementation of TMN Management systems, Effective Network Management Systems”, Improving Service Quality for Network Operators, London, U.K, May 15-16, 1995;
  • W Donnelly, “Experiences in Multi-domain Management Systems Development”, Fourth IFIP/IEEE ISINM Santa Barbara, California, USA, 1995;
  • W Donnelly, “The PREPARE Management Information Service”, International Conference on Broadband Services and Networks, November 1993, Paris;
  • W Donnelly, “Managing Broadband VPN services”, International Conference on Broadband Services and Networks, November 1993, Paris.

Professional Links


Dr. Donnelly is a government appointee to the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (www.ircset.ie). He is the founder member and Chairman of the Communications Software Systems and Networks Group (CSSN. He is also founder member of the Information Technology and Telecommunications (IT&T) conference. Technical Programme Committee memberships include: Globecom (1999), IS&N (1997, 1998), IESS Integrated Management (IM 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007), IEEE NOMS (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), IEE MMNS (2000, 2003), IEEE IPOM (2003), IPS (2004).

Editorships include: Interoperable Communications Networks Journal, Flexible Working—New Network Technologies (Book), Special Issue ICN journal—Broadband Telecommunications Management, IS&N Conference proceedings (1998, 1999).

Academic Supervision


Dr. Donnelly has supervised over 20 MSc and PhD students in the period 1996-2006 in WIT, and is currently supervising 5 Ph.D. students scheduled to graduate in September 2007. He is an external examiner for Athlone Institute of Technologies engineering department at undergraduate and postgraduate programme level. He has acted as external examiner for postgraduate students in engineering at TCD, Limerick, Paris VI, Université d’Evrys and University of Rome. He has helped develop core modules of the MSc (taught) in Communications Software in WIT.

Education


  • BSc in Physics and Mathematics, Dublin Institute of Technology, 1984
  • PhD in experimental physics, University College Dublin, 1989.