Last Call for 2016, Enterprise Ireland’s E5,000 Innovation Voucher

EIvoucherLast Call for 2016, Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher worth E5,000 opens on Wednesday September 7th until 3 pm Wednesday 21st September.

The Enterprise Ireland innovation voucher was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses encouraging work with Irish research institutes. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new and improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge and know-how. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, the evolution of its strategic research and development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.

Please note that you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.

For more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing


Call for Applicants to apply for EDGE Fellowships

EDGE is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND postdoctoral project and will be recruiting 71 prestigious Fellowships to Ireland over two funding calls in 2016 and 2017. EDGE is a training and development programme of scientific excellence offering a unique combination of disciplines and industry engagement to its Fellows. Leveraging the strengths and assets of three Irish Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) National Research Centres, AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT, EDGE will form the next generation of thought leaders in ICT. Advanced materials and devices, systems and networks and digital content form the three main pillars of ICT.

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The nature of research is changing from theoretical to practical


Pic. Kriti Bhargava, PhD student at TSSG

There is great work being done in Irish research right now, and research roles are in high demand. But the area can be a little dense, and it’s hard to know what a researcher actually does from day to day.

Here, Kriti Bhargava, a PhD student at TSSG in Waterford, tells us about her daily work in research at the internet of things cutting edge.

What is your role within TSSG?

I am a second year PhD student with the data mining and social computing (DMSC) unit at TSSG. I am pursuing my PhD in the field of fog computing, under the supervision of Dr Stepan Ivanov and Dr Willie Donnelly.

Fog computing is a new paradigm in the internet of things, proposing a shift in intelligence away from the cloud and towards the edge of the network. In particular, we are looking at the analytics techniques that can be developed for the battery-powered wireless sensor devices constituting wireless sensor networks (WSN), and their applications in precision farming.

If there is such a thing, can you describe a typical day in the job?

For carrying out research, one of the major tasks for me is to read scientific papers from IEEE/ACM journals and conferences to uncover research problems. We address the typical needs and challenges in our area and work towards developing new algorithms for them.

Being involved with WSN, and as part of the DMSC unit, I also study different techniques for analysing the variety of data that comes from our sensors. We compile our work in the form of scientific papers that are submitted to different conferences and journals throughout the year.

Additionally, I am currently involved in a project for which I do code development.

What types of project do you work on?

I am currently working on a project titled ‘Using precision technologies, technology platforms and computational biology to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of pasture-based production systems’, which has received support from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and TEAGASC as part of the SFI-TEAGASC Future Agri-Food Partnership.

The team is, in particular, working on three aspects of the project:

1. The development of a universal sensor system to monitor farm conditions, and animal health and mobility.

2. Wireless sensor communication techniques and policy logic.

3. Predictive analytics for data inferencing and forecasting.

What skills do you use on a daily basis?

Programming is a prerequisite for any computer science researcher, as it enables us to develop our own systems.

Apart from that, scientific writing is a major skill required for all researchers – it is one thing to get an idea for work, but to be able to communicate it to the research community in the desired way is a challenge.

Understanding of what kind of analysis is needed for different data and comfort in working with tools for data analysis are also desirable skills.

To read more on Kriti’s interview please visit SiliconRepublic by clicking HERE

Written and published by SiliconRepublic

TSSG security researcher Zeta Dooly talks to

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 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

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TSSG at the Science Communication Event, Manchester, England

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

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