TSSG attends the RDA Innovation Forum 2018

Big Data

Research Data Sharing without barriers is a key important topic and a necessity as an enabler to actively encourage and facilitate progressive and impactful research. The Research Data Alliance provides a neutral space where its members from over 133 countries come together to develop and adopt infrastructure that actively promotes data driven research and sharing, working to integrate interested stakeholders across domains and jurisdictions. The RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 actively debates the challenges, issues and need for education and awareness raising around accessible and reusable data across borders, across different sectors and also different types of organisations (research, public and private).

The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group of Waterford Institute of Technology (TSSG‐WIT), through their expertise in technologies relating to data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and next generation internet, actively keep abreast of current and emerging directives, policies and challenges in this space, in order to effectively feed in their ongoing research strategies and projects.

Technical Lead Frances Cleary from TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, attended the RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 event in Brussels on January 30th, 2018 and actively fed back into TSSG-WIT’s internal special interest groups, supporting knowledge sharing and dissemination for greater impact. In addition, attendance at this prestigious event enabled the active promotion of the ‘ Consultation platform and Knowledge Base

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EU-North America H2020 project DISCOVERY review

On 8th February, 2018, James Clarke of the TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology attended the final review of the Horizon 2020 project DISCOVERY, which stands for Dialogues on ICT to Support Co-operation Ventures and Europe-North America Synergies. The main goal of the DISCOVERY project is to support dialogues between Europe and North America (Canada and USA) and fostering cooperation in collaborative ICT Research & Innovation both under Horizon 2020 and US and Canada funding programmes.

DISCOVERY Review Team (left – right): May D. Wang, Georgia Tech (USA), Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University, Ontario (Canada), James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Patricia Abril-Jiménez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Maria F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Yolanda Ursa, INMARK Europa (Spain), Sabina Guaylupo, INMARK Europa (Spain), Claudio Caimi, HP Enterprise (Italy), Alberto Leon-García, University of Toronto (Canada), Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce - New Jersey (USA), Xianshu Zeng, INMARK Europa (Spain)

DISCOVERY Review Team (left – right): May D. Wang, Georgia Tech (USA), Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University, Ontario (Canada), James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Patricia Abril-Jiménez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Maria F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Yolanda Ursa, INMARK Europa (Spain), Sabina Guaylupo, INMARK Europa (Spain), Claudio Caimi, HP Enterprise (Italy), Alberto Leon-García, University of Toronto (Canada), Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey (USA), Xianshu Zeng, INMARK Europa (Spain)

On 30th November, 2017, the project organised its second edition of their Transatlantic ICT Forum 2017 (TIF 2017), which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. TIF 2017 was co-located with the 9th European Innovation Summit and hosted by prominent Members of the European Parliament. TIF 2017 focused on four thematic panels, including dedicated sessions on Funding Mechanisms, Cybersecurity, eHealth and AI and Social Inclusion. In TIF 2017, Mr. Clarke of TSSG was the overall chair along with members of the EU Parliament for two dedicated panel sessions: 1. transatlantic cooperation between main cybersecurity initiatives and platforms and 2. security and privacy challenges for next generation internet topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Ethics, and Robotics.

The TIF 2017 attracted significant participant attendance by senior-level experts in related fields, with over 100 participants in each session. Overall 42 influential speakers and panellists from the EU (52%), the US (29%) and Canada (19%), with highly-relevant credentials, expertise and global reputation in the subject matter areas, attended the Forum.

At the review in February 2018, the team focused on the assets developed, impacts achieved and how sustainability will occur at the conclusion of the project in the following domains:

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Innovation in Services with Morgan McKinley

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Morgan McKinley – Global Professional Staffing and Talent Management Business. Meeting Clients and Candidates Recruitment needs in 10 Countries, from Toronto to Sydney

Interestingly the recruitment industry hasn’t fundamentally changed for over 40 years, and the underlying processes are similar the world over. Right now, however, in the global disruption of the digital and intelligence age, it’s the activities of other sectors which are influencing the Innovation strategy and direction of businesses like Morgan McKinley.

Customers think universally, and their experiences of service innovation and change in other industries influence their expectations across all walks of life. And so, it is these experiences and insights that the Transformation team at Morgan McKinley have been leveraging in recent years to inform their new Strategy for the Digital Age.

Designed to digitise the business, the future will bring a host of new projects focused on:

  • The service to customers (candidates and clients), and how they interact, ensuring every step in the process is digitally enhanced
  • Leveraging the huge amount of data available to provide deeper, valuable insights to better serve
  • customers, and
  • Eliminating the traditional geographical boundaries, and in essence, opening up a world of opportunities.

The transformation from a traditional, labour-intensive business has been underway for some time. Aldagh McDonogh held a place on the Board of Morgan McKinley as Director of Transformation, and has just been appointed CEO, leading the global strategy and driving innovation. For Aldagh, this is about investing in tomorrow, and doing so with a focus on two key areas – 1) Digital Capability, and 2) People Capability.

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EU H2020 project ‘AEGIS’ promotes International Cooperation at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) Working Group 6 Meeting in Brussels


AEGIS project participants from INMARK and Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG (WIT-TSSG) actively participated to the meeting of ECSO Working group 6, which focused on Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) that took place in Brussels on 31st January 2018. ECSO brings together a large community of EU Cybersecurity experts and stakeholders. The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) represents the industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Cyber Security Contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). The main aim of ECSO is to develop, promote, encourage European cybersecurity, and, in particular, to:

  • Foster and protect from cyber threats the growth of the European Digital Single Market;
  • Develop the cybersecurity market in Europe and the growth of a competitive cybersecurity and ICT industry, with an increased market position;
  • Develop and implement cybersecurity solutions for the critical steps of trusted supply chains, in sectoral applications where Europe is a leader.

WIT-TSSG actively participated to the event represented by Technical Lead, Frances Cleary and WIT-TSSG cybersecurity international cooperation focused activities, through their involvement in the EU H2020 funded project AEGIS The AEGIS project was presented to the members and audience by the Project coordinator, Ms. Yolanda Ursa (INMARK). AEGIS addresses one of the critical challenges of our era, which is to strengthen international dialogues on cybersecurity and privacy with the objective to facilitate exchange of views, policies and best practices to accelerate EU-US cooperation in cybersecurity and privacy research and innovation. AEGIS currently has two reflection working groups active 1) Cybersecurity and Privacy R&I Working Group 2) Cybersecurity & Privacy Policies working group and open to interested partners to actively participate to.

Future close links and collaboration between ECSO and AEGIS is foreseen as a key actionable output coming from the meeting, encouraging enhanced collaboration, knowledge sharing and synergy creation actively feeding into the EU strategic Research and Innovation agenda.

Rise of the regions: Which areas of Ireland are winning in tech?

Annestown Beach, Waterford. Image: iStock

Annestown Beach, Waterford. Image: iStock

New data from TechIreland shows that Cork is producing the most tech start-ups, but Limerick got the lion’s share of funding last year.

Ireland’s tech regions are evolving, and integral to their development is the establishment of regional hubs, new data from TechIreland has revealed.

The data is part of baseline research on tech sectors and regions in Ireland, and TechIreland has been building a database that can be searched company by company, sector by sector and investor by investor.

‘The importance of a central hub or physical building to a sense of innovation and the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in a town or region cannot be overestimated’

The data tracks more than 1,725 companies, including 341 multinationals and 213 investors, as well as 118 tech hubs. It revealed that 283 out of 1,725 companies are led by women founders. About 69 companies around Ireland were founded in 2017 and, overall, 183 tech companies received funding last year.

In terms of the volume of tech companies in Ireland’s regions, 142 are based in Cork, followed by 105 in Galway and 63 in Limerick.

However, when it came to funding, Limerick captured the largest amount in 2017 with €72.7m raised by seven companies, compared with Cork, where 25 firms raised €22.8m between them last year.

Cork is the most active sector, with tech companies operating in agritech/food, consumer/e-commerce, edutech, enterprise solutions, entertainment/sports, green/energy, health, industrial technologies, security, and social media and advertising.

Graph: Tech Ireland

Graph: Tech Ireland

Summing up the findings, TechIreland CEO Niamh Bushnell said that in terms of sentiment, job creation is still more prized than innovation, making FDI a bigger priority for some regions over indigenous ecosystems.

While three regions – Cork, Limerick and Galway – dominate in terms of activity, connectivity and geography is a big problem for other regions.

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