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Irish team leads landmark dementia care project

Gary McManus, Project Lead on Carelink at TSSG

Gary McManus, Project Lead on Carelink at TSSG

€2.5 million Carelink project to reduce stress for caregivers and dramatically increase the survival rates of wandering patients

 

TECHNOLOGY experts at one of Ireland’s leading research and innovation centres have teamed up with partners in Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal and are the overall coordinators of a ground-breaking, practical and pragmatic project with potentially life-changing impacts on dementia sufferers and their careers

Carelink http://www.carelink-aal.org will reduce stress for caregivers, dramatically increase the survival rates of wandering patients and will promote low-cost, community-based caring into the future, experts at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology say.

It’s a 30 month, €2.5 million project, funded under the European Commission’s Active and Assisted Living (AAL) programme’s http://www.aal-europe.eu/, 2016 call for proposals under the heading ‘Living with Dementia’.

Acting Director of Research at TSSG, Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, said it is significant that the TSSG at WIT is coordinating the project. “Tracking dementia patients both indoors and outdoors has always been a major challenge. We are now seeing numerous applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) into the healthcare sector, and by combining it with Artificial Intelligence, we are hoping this will further improve the tracking of dementia patients in a low-cost manner.”

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Researchers kick off NDRC’s 2018 Pre-Commercialisation Programme

TSSG's Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC's Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

TSSG’s Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

TSSG’s Peter Scanlon, Martin Tolan & Ryan Stubbs participate in NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme run in partnership with EI & SFI.

Martin Tolan of TSSG said the experience is “The ultimate validation for researchers trying to commercialise their ideas is when there is a proven unfulfilled market need for their products. Researchers can often be biased towards the technologies and innovations in their chosen fields without consideration of the market need so having access to this pre-commercialisation program in the NDRC is removing the mystery around and helping us to understand how to get our ideas to market.”

The new NDRC programme is all about connecting research innovators with the business community.

NDRC’s Dublin base will be the headquarters for its five-month Pre-Commercialisation Programme in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

14 teams of researchers from nine institutions around the country are taking part in the third iteration of the NDRC initiative.

A wide variety of participants

Participating institutions include two SFI research centres – Irish Photonic Integration Centre and Connect Centre – as well as Dublin Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University.

The programme aims to give research teams key business skills and figure out ways to commercialise deep research, ultimately connecting academic researchers to the business, tech and entrepreneurial communities in Ireland’s buzzing start-up ecosystem.

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Suir Valley Ventures raises €5m from London listing

Suir Valley is led by businessman Barry Downes, who sold Feedhenry, the mobile software developer that he founded, to US multinational Redhat for more than €60 million, in 2014

Suir Valley is led by businessman Barry Downes, who sold Feedhenry, the mobile software developer that he founded, to US multinational Redhat for more than €60 million, in 2014

Suir Valley Ventures raises €5m from London listing 

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The listing of Sure Ventures PLC on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange today (LSE:SURE) guarantees €5 million investment into Suir Valley Ventures, to invest in Irish companies. Suir Valley Ventures is headed by Barry Downes, the chair and former CEO of Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology.”

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Modular motion tracking glove has built-in haptics for AR/VR immersion

Smart Glove as developed by TSSG, Tyndall and Design Partners, Cork.

Smart Glove as developed by TSSG, Tyndall and Design Partners, Cork.

Aimed at virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) and robotics, the smart glove developed by researchers from the Tyndall National Institute has been designed as a haptic human computer interface system, complete with multiple sensors and actuators distributed across each finger.

To be showcased at CES, the smart glove was developed as part of an innovative project between the Wireless Sensor Networks group at Tyndall National Institute, Ireland and project leads Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology. Bray based, Product and Interaction Design Consultancy, Design Partners, were engaged as human factors engineering and industrial design experts for the project.

“The smart glove for HCI is a culmination of over a decade of research in the development of motion sensing for the human body and incorporates the latest sensing technologies needed to bridge the human and digital worlds of Augmented/Virtual Reality and robotics” wrote Dr Brendan O’Flynn, Head of Tyndall’s Wireless Sensor Networks group, in an email exchange with eeNews Europe.

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Job Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref. No. 019821)

Department: TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Commencement Date: Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required:PhD


Major Duties:

  • Possess research expertise in the areas of Virtualised Networks and Infrastructures and/or Software Defined Networking as well as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
  • Perform basic and applied research in line with the objectives and workplan of funded research projects, under direction from the project Principal Investigator(s);
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