Pharma safe waste disposal software to be a game changer

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe - Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe – Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Research at TSSG undertaken with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers brings Waterford firm closer to launching hazardous waste disposal technology

Two entrepreneurial Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduates have driven forward their engineering consultancy by collaborating with researchers at their alma mater.

Founded in 2012, Waterford-based Aphex is the brainwave of co-founders and WIT graduates Waterford native Kevin Walsh (BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science graduate) and Kilkenny man Martin Malone (BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Manufacturing graduate). WIT’s Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) recently collaborated with the company on developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education


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A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of users, the report states.

The study, which compared test performance of students who had learned a stubject via VR versus students who had learned by traditional means, suggests that VR could the secret sauce to learning that teachers have been dreaming about for years.

I can’t vouch for the credibility of the study. It’s unclear whether the companies that sponsored it — Beijing Bluefocus and Beijing iBokan Wisdom Mobile Internet Technology Training Institutions — have a vested interest in the VR space. But we’re hearing similar things from a couple of companies in Europe.

Last week, HTC aired the latest episode of its This is Real series, featuring a visit to the offices of Immersive VR Education, a two-year old startup based in the Viking city of Waterford, Ireland, a 90-minute drive from Dublin. The company makes Engage, a platform that changes the scope, scale, and substance of what distance learning can offer lecturers and students from all around the world when VR is brought into play.

“It’s not just something that’s a bit different. This is a new medium. It’s not what we’ve been traditionally doing,” David Whelan, CEO at Immersive VR Education, says at the start of the episode.

Engage is free, and lecturers and presenters can use it to rally up to 30 users into a single session. It can be used simply as the “PowerPoint for VR,” as a tool for conducting meetings, or for anything, really, that allows users to express and share ideas and collaborate in real time at the depth of digital experience only VR can offer. A teacher reading aloud from a textbook about prehistoric vegetation to a class of 20 can suddenly teleport everyone to a great grassy plain crowded with irate dinosaurs.

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TSSG at the 41st IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)

Pic. Kriti Bhargava, TSSG

Recently, Kriti Bhargava, a PhD student from TSSG, WIT, attended the 41st edition of the IEEE LCN held in Dubai, UAE, from the 7th to 10th of November. IEEE LCN is the premier conference on theoretical and practical aspects of computer networking. It is highly interactive to enable an effective interchange of results and ideas among researchers, users, and product developers. The conference covers varied themes from high-speed networks to the global Internet to specialized sensor networks.

On day 1, LCN hosted parallel sessions for three workshops: SenseApp, WNM and CloudNA. Kriti participated in SenseApp, the Eleventh IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications. She presented their paper titled ‘Using Edge Analytics to Improve Data Collection in Precision Dairy Farming’. The paper addresses the data collection and communication issues associated with the implementation of WSN in rural dairy farms and evaluates the performance of Edge Mining, a Fog Computing technique, to analyse and reduce raw data on sensor devices within the farm. The approach aims at improving the responsiveness of the sensor system by enabling real-time event detection, while optimizing the use of in-network resources and operational time of WSN.

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TSSG participates in translantic ICT forum workshop

Waterford Institute of Technology’s  TSSG participates in transatlantic ICT forum workshop held in Brussels on 16 -17 November, 2016.

The Transatlantic ICT Forum was established as a platform to support policy debate and provide opinions and recommendations to transatlantic dialogues for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Research & Innovation (R&I) cooperation between Europe and North America.

The Forum focused on three key thematic areas in ICT – funding mechanisms for ICT R&I, ICT policy and regulations, cyber-security composed by European, US and Canada’s experts in the respective subject matters.

The two-day event comprised of a combination of informative panel sessions and interactive breakout sessions, which were both designed to spark discussions and action plans in relation to transatlantic collaborations in ICT research and innovation. The goal was to create a dynamic environment for networking, business dialogues and policy debates between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Forum provided opportunities for ICT stakeholders to extend their reach and connections beyond their borders.

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AquaSmart Analysis Training Programme Workshop

aquaThe Horizon 2020 AquaSmart project has involved working with an extensive number of fish farmers in the aquaculture industry to understand and develop a data analytics platform that can be used to deliver real results to the sector.

In doing so the AQUASMART project is now in a position to help Aquaculture companies transform their raw data into knowledge via accurate business-driven analytical models, in a seamless and efficient process.

Through this, fish farmers are able to use this knowledge to dramatically improve their production performance. In order to assist with this undertaking, the project team have also created the ‘AquaSmart Analysis Training Programme’, which offers services, activities and materials, in order to deliver the skills and competences to run the software, and based on the new knowledge acquired from data analytics performed, to facilitate new business incomes.

As such, we are eagerly anticipating the running of our first AquaSmart Analysis Training Programme workshop, which is scheduled for December 16th, 2016, in Dublin, Ireland. This training workshop has been set up to offer industry participants with a key opportunity to meet and engage with the AquaSmart team, and will be used for the industry to get hands on participation of the AquaSmart platform, as well as education in the key concepts and practical hints for its adoption.

Close industry liaison has been a key characteristic of the AquaSmart project, to ensure that the AquaSmart platform is continually focussed on the day-to-day production needs of the aquaculture sector. User feedback and valued industry validation has guided the development of the platform and in turn is now re-invested into subsequent software releases as we move from a research project into the commercial domain.

To register for this event please click on the following link – Register Now

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