Date for your Diary: 3rd October 2018

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The world’s leading entrepreneurs and most successful companies didn’t succeed on their own. They formed a team of experts and people they can trust. A lone wolf will very rarely make it on their own. This is the premise of Amplitude, the South East’s newest conference promoting innovation through collaboration. This year’s theme is Disruptive Innovation and will take place in WIT Arena, Waterford on 3rd October. Led by Research units in Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow, Amplitude is the perfect example of how collaboration works. When like-minded people are put in a room together, magic happens! The team in WIT and Carlow IT recognised that the South East is lacking an event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between entrepreneurs, start-ups, multinationals, academic researchers and state agencies. Between both Institutes, almost every industry can gain from collaboration to grow, develop and improve their product, processes or services – no matter the size.













This event will drive discussion around future trends, how research can have a dramatic impact on industry and how they consider future technologies for their sectors. MC for the event is Niamh Bushnell, CEO of Tech Ireland who brings over 20 years experience in the technology sector with a focus on start-ups.

Key Note Speakers include Ann Kehoe, Global Head of Brand for Alltech and Marc O’Regan, CTO with Dell EMC who will break down their experiences in the realm of Disruptive Innovation and how their companies face the daily challenges of staying ahead of their competitors.

Companies will discover how to approach a research unit and foster a successful collaborative relationship with a goal of developing or improving their product offering. Academic experts and industry partners from both Institutes will give real life examples of how they grew from what was an initial conversation to a long-term solution for the company.

The aim is to grow Amplitude year on year to become a recognised national and international event. Organisations such as South-East Chamber of Commerce’, Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland will also be participating and supporting this initiative. Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some exciting demos of science and technology and a dedicated Start-Up sponsored by South East LEO’s will also give companies a chance to see what’s emerging in the start-up scene.

Tickets are now on sale for just €25, visit

For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring Amplitude contact

TSSG Researcher re-elected to steering board of NEM Technology Platform

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Mr James Clarke retains position on steering board of New European Media Technology Platform, working towards convergence of telecoms and consumer electronics

On 30th May, 2018, at their annual General Assembly, Mr. James Clarke of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at WIT was re-elected as a Steering Board member of the New European Media (NEM) Technology Platform. Mr. Clarke has been in the NEM Steering Board under the banner of research / academia since 2011.

New European Media

NEM, which currently has over 1500 members, was established as one of the European Technology Platform under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), aiming at fostering the convergence between consumer electronics, broadcasting and telecoms in order to develop the emerging business sector of networked and electronic media. In order to respond to new need and requirements of the Horizon 2020 programme, the NEM initiative enlarged its focus towards creative industries and changed its name from Networked an Electronic Media Initiative to New European Media, dealing with Connected, Converging and Interactive Media & Creative Industries, driving the future of digital experience.

The NEM constituency includes all major European organisations working in the networked and electronic media area, including content providers, creative industries, broadcasters, network equipment manufacturers, network operators and service providers, academia, standardisation bodies and government institutions. Those actors share a common Vision and have been producing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) as well as position papers, in order to accelerate the innovative development of the new sector in a harmonised and fruitful way and to place European industry at the forefront of the information era.

Since October, 2017, Mr. Clarke has been the project coordinator of a European Horizon 2020 Program Co-ordination and Support action (CSA) project entitled, which is one of the pathfinder projects funded under the H2020 programme entitled ICT-41-2017: Next Generation Internet (NGI), which is designed to get the public more involved and central to its work in building an NGI Flagship initiative for the successor of H2020, which is expected to run to 2027. The NEM Technology Platform is supporting Europe’s activities on NGI and is actively contributing to the definition of the related research and innovation areas. In particular, the Future Media Internet and Interactive Technologies have been identified by the NEM community as its major innovation area.

Waterford Institute of Technology announced as Ireland/UK co-ordinator for €20m EU-wide SmartAgriHubs

SmartAgriHub Launch

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is to play a central role in the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe.

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan today (Monday 9 July) launched (subject to grant agreement) the first of nine regional clusters which will act as a one-stop-shop for two million farmers across the EU and the agri-food industry to access agri tech research and supports.

The €20m SmartAgriHubs project aims to build a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and Centres of Competence in all 28 European Member States co-ordinated through nine regional clusters. The SmartAgriHubs project is a new way for farmers, advisors and agtech SMES to engage with research centres and research-active higher education institutions. As part of the project 80 new solutions will be introduced into the market. €6m has been set aside for open calls during the lifetime of the project.

As the co-ordinator for the UK and Ireland regional cluster WIT, which has developed smart agri expertise through its Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) research centre, will be the central point of contact for farmers, advisors, ag tech and agri-food companies who want to avail of technology solutions from across Europe to farming and business problems.


Speaking at a launch event were: EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan, Dr George Beers, Project Coordinator, Wagingen University & Research; President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly; Director of Research, Teagasc, Prof Frank O’Mara and Deputy Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Dr Ciarán Seoighe.

WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly, founder of TSSG and a long time champion of smart agriculture welcomed the announcement. “The designation of WIT as a regional cluster lead is significant for Ireland. It puts us at the centre of agtech in Europe. WIT has been at the forefront of smart agri through our research centre TSSG. We are honoured to bring our twenty years expertise into becoming a one stop shop which will put agricultural technology into the hands of farmers, SMEs and agri-food organisations. We look forward to working in consultation with them on tech solutions available both locally and across the EU.”

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan said: “The European Commission has recognised that we need to ramp up our efforts in relation to agri-innovation if we want to maintain our competitive advantage in this century. Agriculture needs to become smarter, leaner and cleaner, while maintaining our trademark EU commitment to high quality and safety standards. Projects such as SmartAgriHubs will lead the way, and I commend WIT for its central involvement. 

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Meet 3 people breaking down barriers for Women in Technology

Recently, TSSG has made three key senior appointments in its organisation that also emphasise how TSSG recognises the importance and value of the role of women in technology.

Telecommunications Software Systems Group (TSSG) is a world recognised and leading ICT research centre based in Waterford Institute of Technology. TSSG works across the Research, Development and Innovation spectrum in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, Advanced Infrastructure, Future Network Comms and IoT, Creative Design (UI/UX) and process driven software engineering.  Located in the scenic WIT West Campus in Carriganore, TSSG boasts an international footprint through its strategic partnerships with industry and academic institutes.

TSSG’s Directors, Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam and Mr. Kevin Doolin, said “We are delighted to see Denise, Catherine and Frances, taking on these senior roles in TSSG, and we very much look forward to continuing to work closely with them as we build TSSG from strength to strength”

Denise Manton | Technology Gateway Manager

Denise Manton1“Working in TSSG has given me the opportunity to work on projects that are research and innovation driven, thus allowing me to be part of a team that is constantly pushing the boundaries; an opportunity that I am thankful for and value greatly. TSSG has supported my career progression from leading a research unit to now overseeing and growing the organisation’s commercial activities with industry partners. We must raise awareness amongst young girls that they can forge careers in technology that can lead to ground breaking change. The ultimate goal is for ‘women in tech’ conversations to be no longer a requirement, for it will be the norm for the ICT sector to have a gender balanced, diverse workforce which will propel research and innovation activities to greater heights.”

Denise takes over at the helm of the TSSG Technology Gateway which functions as the commercial interface of TSSG. The Technology Gateway funded by Enterprise Ireland and is part of an overall network comprising of 15 Gateways across 11 Institutes of Technology. Its purpose is to facilitate and grow collaboration between industry and research centres to progress Ireland’s global positioning on the research, development and innovation ladder, ultimately improving Irish economic growth. As Technology Gateway Manager, Denise facilitates collaboration between industry and TSSG researchers and engineers to ensure industry engagements deliver measurable commercial value. 

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TSSG researcher wins Outstanding Associate Editor award


TSSG’s researcher Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani has been awarded the award of Outstanding Associate Editor of IEEE Access for the year 2017. IEEE Access is an award-winning, multidisciplinary, all-electronic archival journal, continuously presenting the results of original research or development across all of IEEE’s fields of interest. It has an Impact Factor of 3.244. The Outstanding Associate Editor award is given to those Associate Editors who provide their exceptional contributions to this journal. Their exceptional work has directly contributed to the tremendous growth of IEEE Access, and has assisted the journal in upholding high publication standards. Dr. Rehmani has managed the peer review of more than 30 articles for IEEE Access through 2017. This shows his professional dedication for the success of the journal. Thus, in recognition, the IEEE Access Editorial Board and staff would like to honor the Associate Editor by awarding an Outstanding Associate Editor Award of 2017 for IEEE Access!

For TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, this is an honor, as one of the researchers has showed this Professional attitude and raised the name of TSSG, WIT at International forum. Congratulations Dr. Rehmani!

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