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TSSG security researcher Zeta Dooly talks to Siliconrepublic.com

Pic. Zeta Dooly, security researcher at TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Pic. Zeta Dooly, security researcher at TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Security Research at TSSG, Zeta Dooly was interviewed by SiliconRepublic.com where she discusses her career path in the STEM sector

There are a lot of roles in the STEM sector that are known, but little understood.  Many roles within research fall into the category.

Understanding those research roles is one thing. Becoming successful in them altogether another. Zeta Dooly, a security researcher at TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), tells us about her career path, and what has brought her to the role she now has.

What first stirred your interest in a career in this area?

I was first enticed to software engineering when mobile phones were not common-place, and so I wanted to be part of the technical revolution. I had already been involved in our family business fixing machines and felt that a hands-on approach to technology would suit me best. Being at the edge of technology innovation is where I’m happiest!

What steps led you to the role you now have?

I started my career in the telecommunication industry, where mobile phones, masts, base stations and emerging Japanese markets were high on the agenda. The global telecommunications maintenance team that I joined were professional, and quick to turn around software system errors to meet stringent SLAs.

Ongoing education – including my research Master’s in 2006 and the doctorate I am currently pursuing – contributes to life-long learning within this dynamic industry.

What were the biggest surprises or challenges you encountered on your career path?

Having moved from industry to research, there is still a gap between ‘live’ systems and ‘research’ systems.

Was there any one person who was particularly influential as your career developed?

My line manager in Ericsson at the beginning of my career was particularly encouraging and helped my mindset to think that anything is possible.

To read more on Zeta’s interview please visit SiliconRepublic Here

Written and published by Silicon Republic 

TSSG at the Science Communication Event, Manchester, England

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On 24th July 2016, TSSG participated in the European Commission’s Science Communication Event at the Town hall, Manchester (U.K.), part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
The main focus was to highlights the benefits of science communication and better understanding the interests of different communication multipliers such as for example the European Commission, journalists, and big organisations promoting science to the general public. During the event, invited experts explained their views on science communication and particularly why they believe communication is beneficial for researchers, the do’s and don’ts in communication and how to work together.
Representing TSSG, Nakul Wali participated in the event to engage with the Science community, researchers, H2020 project coordinators and other project representatives. The event demonstrated European Commission’s perspectives followed by the perspectives of specialised media, general media, social media and science museums in a very interesting panel discussion. Among the various dignities were Science Editor and journalist from the BBC and Deutsche Welle, scientist, biologist and other experts from the science community. Among the demonstrated EU-funded research projects like LYNCEUS, LYNCEUS2MARKET, SIRG; TSSG highlighted Molecular Communication project – CIRCLE, integrating islands of heterogeneous research activities in a common research framework, facilitating the creation of an EU-wide Molecular Communications (CIRCLE) network and provide a support infrastructure for coordination of research across Europe.
Please contact the Project co-ordinator Dr. Alan Davy for more information and visit, CIRCLE

TSSG explores opportunities for EU-North America collaborations

americaTSSG joins partners in exploring opportunities for EU-North America collaboration in ICT Research & Innovation.

On 8th July the DISCOVERY project, which has TSSG as a partner, held a successful Capacity Building Workshop on EU-North America collaboration in ICT Research & Innovation at the University of Toronto.

This capacity-building workshop is part of the DISCOVERY cycle of workshops to explore and share opportunities for EU-North America collaboration in ICT R&I under EU H2020, Canada and US Programmes. The event was held just after SAVI Annual General Meeting on 6th & 7th July. The workshop was attended by funding agencies, researchers and industry leaders interested in ICT R&I collaborative projects with Europe. It showcased practical knowledge and successful examples of collaboration between North America and EU in the field of ICT, and it combined panel discussions with project ideas generation.

The event gathered high profile keynote speakers from leading Canada and US funding organisations.

Alberto Leon-Garcia from SAVI gave an introduction to open the DISCOVERY workshop, this was then followed by a welcome note delivered by Ted Sargent, Vice President of University of Toronto – International. Then DISCOVERY’s three working groups were presented by their respective chairs Jostein Sundet, NordForsk; Camille Sailer, EACCNJ; and Bríd Walsh, TSSG.

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ITS Irelands’ seminar on Transport Strategy & Trends

blog pic 1TSSG attends Transport Infrastructure Ireland group seminar which was presented by Steve Kanowsky, Chief Economist & General Manager of Strategic Policy, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.

Mr Kanowsky opened the talk with the eyebrow raising revelation that Queensland have actually begun building a mock-up of a town complete with traffic systems within which they will trial test some 500+ Automated Vehicles. In Queensland they look at transport plans in a 30 year context and are heavily invested in the future of ITS. With an annual transport budget just south of 7 billion Australian dollars! (33% of total state budget), Queensland can afford to be selective in the areas of transport it invests in. There is a strong involvement at University level into AV (Automated Vehicle) research and planning and one area under the spotlight yet again is Big Data. Capture and especially real time analysis of transport data is crucial to being able to act on problems as they occur such as traffic accidents and congestion. Incidentally the good folk in Queensland prefer to label these transport headaches a little more positively as …Journey Time Reliability! (JTR)

Interesting points on road safety were discussed and it transpires that an increase of even 1 meter in central divide on main roads results in a significant drop in serious accident outcome. The cost of this central divide increase has been shown to be sufficiently less that the cost to the health system of the alternative. Freight is restricted to one lane, similar to our bus/taxi lane system in Dublin. Interestingly the policing of this has been farmed out to technology partners and freight over 4.5 tons is monitored and tracked by GPS and if any driver moves even slightly off of an allowed network they are punished immediately with the issuing of severe fines.

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Research Unit Manager – AR/VR

Job Title: Research Unit Manager (Ref. No.017758 )

Employer: Waterford Institute of Technology

Department: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) AR/VR Unit TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required: Degree or MBA in Business Studies or equivalent and minimum of 10 years commercial/research experience.

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