TSSG recently became a contributing member of the OASIS international standardisation organisation. OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a non-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. Its members produce standards for security, Cloud computing, SOA, Web services, the Smart Grid, electronic publishing, emergency management, and other areas.
TSSG’s main current interest in OASIS relates to standardisation of the eXtensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) a language used to express rules that govern users’ acess to computing resources in IT systems. TSSG researchers Dr Brendan Jennings, Dr Steven Davy and Bernard Butler have a strong interest in XACML and have done significant work on the both the authoring/analysis of XACML rules and on the performance of XACML rule evaluation. TSSG’s work on this area was recently present to the OASIS XACML technical committee and the team are planning their further engagement in XACML standardisation activities.
TSSG recently held the first ArcLabs Tech Session. These Tech Sessions are designed to crowd-source material from a conference and disseminate it amongst those taking part in the session. The recent Google I/O Conference was chosen as the topic for the June event. 16 participants from WIT, TSSG and OSS Software condensed 12 hours of video footage into informal presentations (or talks) lasting less than an hour in total.
In total, the session lasted just 2 hours. This included time required to split participants into groups, select a video from the conference and review and collate notes with others of their group. The ArcLabs Tech Sessions are open to anyone wishing to participate and a Google+ community has been created around them.
The Session was organised by Jerry Horgan from TSSG. The next session is currently being planned for July 2013.
For more information, please see links below:
To join the ArcLabs Tech Sessions community click here
To see the previous (June) event, click here
To learn more about Jerry Horgan, click here
TSSG PhD student, Michael Taynnan Barros attended the 1st International Summer School on Nanocommunications in the Technical University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, during May 21st-23rd. Mr. Barros is currently performing research in molecular communications, focusing on calcium signaling based nanonetworks.
The event featured the leading experts in the nascent Nanocommunication area, who provided enlightening presentations about the state of art, future trends and possible application domains. More than 20 students and researchers were in Finland with the intention to learn and discuss about Molecular Communications and Nano Netoworks. Prof. Ian Akyildiz, Broadband Wireless Networking Lab with Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, opened the event with a talk about the Internet of Nano Things, where he stated that nanomachines will have a major spot in the future of human development providing infrastructure and services.
Highlights of the second day were the talks from Dr Sasitharan Balasubramanian (Research Fellow, Technical University of Tampere, Finland and a TSSG alumni) and Prof. Craig Forest (Assistant Prof., Georgia Institute of Technology, USA). Both concentrated on bacteria communication networks. Dr Baslasubramaniam showed the current state-of-the-art the multi-hop bacteria communications. He presented a novel routing protocol that uses a biological technique called bacteria conjugation. On the other hand, Prof. Forest presented a methodology to build microfluid devices for empirical analysis of bacteria molecular communications.
Dr Olga Kara (Research Fellow, Technical University of Tampere, Finland) presented, on the last day, an interesting research about communications systems using neuronal cells. The research aims to provide a communication infrastructure for nanomachines using the neuronal cells as a communication channel.
TSSG PhD student Runxin Wang recently attended the RIPE66 meeting in Dublin. This conference was hosted by RIPE NCC (Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre), which is an independent, not-for-profit membership organization that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination in its service region. RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. The 66th RIPE meeting (RIPE66) in was well supported by many major IT companies and network operators including Google, Amazon, Netflix, and HEAnet. Presentations at the meeting covered the recent developments, experiences, statistics and new ideas about the management of bandwidth usage, IP usage, routing technologies, DNS security and other topics of global networking from different countries. This year RIPE launched a new program RACI (RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative) to bring in more students from academia to share their research work to the RIPE community; Runxin was one of the five invited students in the RACI program.