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National Digital Week 2015

digi weekIreland’s first National Digital Week was held in Skibbereen, Co. Cork from 3rd – 8th November 2015.  In attendance were over 1,600 delegates, a mix of digital entrepreneurs, marketers, technology enthusiast and SMEs, all looking to extend their knowledge and start their journey into the digital world. It also brought together some of the country’s top digital experts to speak at the conference, as well as a number of high profile guests.

The National Digital Week was organised by a steering group of the recently established Ludgate@Skibbereen initiative, which aims to create a digitally enabled rural society in West Cork, allowing innovators to create and expand their businesses in a rural setting while also being able to compete at the larger global scale.

Waterford Institute of Technology Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) were invited to talk on the Internet of Things (IoT) and the research they carry out in this space. Following on from this was a panel discussion on how IoT could be of benefit to various industries and individuals.

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Annie Ibrahim Rana conferred with a PhD

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New TSSG PhD Graduate Dr Annie Ibrahim Rana with (left) one of her supervisors, Dr Brendan Jennings and (right) President of Waterford Institute of Technology, Prof. Willie Donnelly

Former TSSG PhD student Dr Annie Ibrahim Rana was conferred with her PhD at a conferral ceremony in Waterford Institute of Technology on October 29th. Annie, came to Waterford in 2009 from Lahore, Pakistan to pursue a PhD with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group. Her research, which was carried out as part of the FAME Strategic Research Cluster (http://www.fame.ie) addressed the application of semantic web technologies to automate the configuration of devices in the context of a home network. Annie developed novel techniques that allow a network management agent infer the context in which a home user interacts with network devices and automate the identification and application of an appropriate device configuration. Annie’s research was supervised by TSSG’s Dr Brendan Jennings, Dr Steven Davy and Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú. Since completing her work Annie has left Waterford and is currently a researcher in the Cloud and Services Laboratory in Intel Labs Europe, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Her friends and colleagues in TSSG wish her every success in her future career.

Waterford Institute of Technology leading policy and technical dialogues between European Union and Brazil in Cloud Computing and Security

BrazilWaterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) have been successful with the awarding of an International EU – Brazil project in the ICT 2015 call of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme.

The EUBrasilCloudFORUM project: Fostering an International dialogue between Europe and Brazil is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) project, whose principle goal aims at establishing an organisational cooperation forum that enables the European Union and Brazil to formulate and develop a common strategy and approach for research & innovation in cloud computing, including trust and security aspects, in line with the priorities of each region.

The EUBrasilCloudFORUM project, which officially starts on 1st January, 2016, is the consolidated result of the efforts pooled together by representatives of an EU-Brazil Working Group formed at an EU-Brazil workshop held in July 2014, in Brasília, which was attended by Mr. James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology. The working group was formed to take forward the results from the workshop and create a report for the European Commission (EC) and for the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI) on areas related to cloud computing and security aspects. The main players in this working group decided to work together on a proposal submission and it has been selected for funding by Europe and Brazil under their 3rd EU – Brazil Joint call since 2010.

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Sustainability Summit held at Aviva Stadium

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The 2015 National Sustainability Summit was held on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium

The theme of this year’s Sustainability Summit was ‘Securing Ireland’s Future’ with a focus on sustainable production for our agri-food sector

Despite a certain well-known gathering of the global tech industry attracting the majority of the attention this week, another significant albeit smaller summit was also taking place in Dublin.

The 2015 National Sustainability Summit was held on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium and attracted a strong attendance in its own right. According to the organisers, the aim of the summit is to connect stakeholders from various industries, business leaders, regulators and Government at a forum designated to sustainability.

Many of the stakeholders at the summit were from the agri-food sector, with the entire morning workshop given over to speakers with backgrounds in food and agriculture. Representatives from Alltech, Keelings, Aryzta, Wyeth Nutrition, Bord Bia and even chemical companies Dow and BASF gave presentations on the day about sustainability programmes within their respective organisations.

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A leading US figure in the area of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is giving two lectures on new developments in the sector over the coming years.

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Pic. Dr. Jason Jerald

Dr Jason Jerald, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions. In addition to primarily focusing on NextGen Interactions and its clients, Jason is Chief Scientist at Digital ArtForms, serves on multiple advisory boards of companies focusing on VR technologies, coordinates the RTP-VR Meetup, and speaks at various events throughout the world. He is also the author of “The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality” published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers and ACM Books.

He will be guest lecturing at both Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) next week.

Barry Downes, CEO of TSSG said of the Lecture Series, “We are delighted to have Dr Jason Jerald give a public lecture in TSSG on Wednesday the 4th of November at 11.30am and in Waterford Institute of Technology, Thursday the 5th of November in the G18 Lecture Hall at 12.15pm. Jason has been an academic leader in Virtual Reality technologies for 15 years having completed his PhD in the area of latency in VR head mounted displays. Jason has published extensively in computer graphics and VR journals, is on the programme committee for leading computer graphics conferences such as SIGGRAPH and has recently published a college textbook on VR called “the VR Book”. Jason also consults widely for leading VR companies and has helped launch innovative new VR hardware and software products such as the Virtuix Omni. Dr. Jerald’s public lectures will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in the future of VR or AR technologies.”

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