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Global partners in ground-breaking €3 million plus European Union ‘Beyond 5G’ TERAPOD project meet for the first time

Dr. Alan Davy, TERAPOD Project Co-ordinator and Research Manager at TSSG (Left) and Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Acting Director of Research at TSSG, WIT Waterford.

TECHNOLOGY experts from academia and industry across Europe are pooling their knowledge and expertise in a ground-breaking, industry-focused and EU-funded project to plot, plan and prepare for the future of wireless technology way beyond 5G.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s world-renowned Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is the venue today for the first face to face meeting of the Europe-wide team charged with delivering the mammoth 3 year, €3 million plus TERAPOD progamme and ensuring that Europe remains to the fore in such global technological advances.

TERAPOD sees academics and industry leaders from Ireland, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Germany not just investigate but also test and demonstrate the feasibility of an ultra-high bandwidth wireless access networks operating in the Terahertz (THz) band. The band is seen as the new frontier for wireless communication across the globe and the key to satisfying the increasing demand for higher speed wireless communication.

TERAPOD will de-risk THz device and system development. It will disrupt how current Data Centres operate by introducing THz communication wireless links. Data Centres provide the team with an “early adopter” scenario where they will prove the technology and test its impact there.

The tech will move to other use cases also – such as ultrahigh quality video broadcasting, wireless virtual reality and bulk data transfer at Terabits per second. This will dramatically impact on the operational efficiency and geometric design of Data Centres all over the world well into the future, the project team says.

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EXPERIENCED UX DESIGNER/DEVELOPER (REF. NO. 019359)

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Job Title:                             Experienced UX Designer/Developer (Ref. No. 019359)

Department:                        Creative Development Unit (CDU), TSSG (www.tssg.org

Commencement Date:        Immediately

 Location:                             TSSG, Carriganore

Minimum Requirement:     BSc. in Multimedia Applications Development (or equivalent)

Position Details:

TSSG is seeking an Experienced UX Designer/Developer to join its Creative Development Research Unit.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with common graphic and interface design tools.
  • Convert user requirements into user interfaces and media.
  • Design with consideration of colour, screen-flow, usability, user-efficiency, consistency of the user experience and professional appearance.
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams across multiple projects, including product manager, customers, users, team members and others to develop concepts.
  • Understand and design for all accessibility levels.
  • Experience in web design and keep up to date in web design trends and developments.
  • Develop design documents and artifacts for software.
  • Work with UI technologies – HTML, CSS, JS.
  • Develop software using the appropriate technology
  • Work on mobile app planning and development.
  • Time logging of tasks and tracking.
  • Report to the Research Unit Manager.
  • Carry out other such duties as determined and directed by the Director(s) of TSSG that contribute to the achievement of the strategic initiatives of the organisation.
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SENIOR UX DESIGNER/DEVELOPER (REF. NO. 019379)

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Job Title:                                Senior UX Designer/Developer (Ref. No. 019379)

Department:                          Creative Development Unit (CDU), TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Commencement Date:          Immediately

Location:                                TSSG, Carriganore

Minimum Requirement:       BSc. in Computer Science/Multimedia (or equivalent)

Position Details:

TSSG is seeking a Senior UX Designer/Developer to join its Creative Development Research Unit.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with common graphic and interface design tools.
  • Convert user requirements into user interfaces
  • Design with consideration of colour, screen-flow, usability, user-efficiency, consistency of the user experience and professional appearance.
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams across multiple projects, including product manager, customers, users, team members and others to develop product requirements into concepts and prototypes.
  • Understand and design for all accessibility levels.
  • Experience in web design and keep up to date in web design trends and developments.
  • Develop design documents and artifacts for software.
  • Work with UI technologies – HTML, CSS, JS.
  • Develop software using the appropriate technology
  • Work on mobile app planning and development.
  • Document any necessary processes or procedures.
  • Work with customers and travel to their sites (National and European) as needed to support the product in production, identify enhancements, elicit requirements and/or solve design and development problems.
  • Work with the Unit Manager to write proposals for future funding.
  • Time logging of tasks and tracking.
  • Report to the Research Unit Manager.
  • Carry out other such duties as determined and directed by the Director(s) of TSSG that contribute to the achievement of the strategic initiatives of the organisation.
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TSSG publishes in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology: Nanodevice Arrays for Peripheral Nerve Fascicle Activation

Banner_opt1Nanodevice Arrays for Peripheral Nerve Fascicle Activation Using Ultrasound Energy-harvesting

A research paper from TSSG has recently been published by IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology  ( Volume: PP, Issue: 99 )

Artificial stimulation of human motor nerves at present is carried out by externally powered electrodes placed on the skin surface (transcutaneous) or under the skin (subcutaneous) in closer proximity to muscles or nerves.  We are modelling the use of wireless, ultrasound-harvesting, implanted nanodevice arrays with electrodes for selective stimulation of peripheral nerves in the limbs of the human body.  The nanodevice arrays will be embedded in a patch of biocompatible tissue to minimise the risks of inflammation or rejection. This approach provides a longer-term implant solution for nerve stimulation that allows the patient greater freedom of movement than with embedded wired electrodes.

In the future, we believe wireless stimulation will have a greater role in treating debilitating neural conditions, compensating for nerve damage and enhancing prosthetic control. Treating these conditions would entail the deployment of  nanodevice arrays not only in the peripheral nervous system but also in the central nervous system (e.g. spinal cord) and possibly on the surface of the brain.

Full Paper Title & Authors

Michael Donohoe (TSSG, Ireland), Brendan Jennings (TSSG, Ireland), Josep Miquel Jornet (University at Buffalo, US), and Sasitharan Balasubramaniam (TUT, Finland). Nanodevice Arrays for Peripheral Nerve Fascicle Activation Using Ultrasound Energy-harvesting.

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More intelligence in the network: Interview with Dr. Michael Barros from TSSG on network management in 5G

Michael Taynnan Barros Post Doc Researcher

Dr. Michael Taynnan Barros
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The emergence of 5G offers new opportunities and challenges for network management. Eurescom message editor-in-chief Milon Gupta asked someone about it who should know: Dr. Michael Barros from the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, is chairman of the 5G PPP work group on network management, quality of service and network security.

What are the major challenges for network management in 5G?

Dr. Barros: The main network management challenges in 5G are management of virtual network resources, network scalability, quality of service, flexibility, sustainability, context awareness, and security. On top of that, more researchers are willing to implement the concept of Open Management, which means management policies can be accessed by vertical partners who wish to influence network performance. However, this issue should gain more weight when the new network management solutions will use this concept and make it a standard.

What new issues have emerged or become more relevant in 5G?

Dr. Barros: This question can be answered in two ways: one is related to who is designing the network, and the other one relates to who is managing the network. Controlling a large number of both physical and virtual resources requires more automation and intelligence inside the network. However, for those who concentrate on problems in designing the network, the integration of multiple high-frequency hardware and its relationship with network planning is more important.

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