Sensors to give drivers inside track on cyclists

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Vehicle roundabout in Norwich with cars, cycle and traffic lights viewed from above (Alamy)

SENSORS that can detect cyclists on roundabouts and alert motorists to their presence have been developed by researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and trialled in the city in recent weeks.

The sensors use Bluetooth low-energy wireless transmissions, already used for short-range communications utilised by hands-free technology in cars.

“We use the technology to identify the position, direction and speed of cyclists on roundabouts, and relay this information to digital signs positioned on roundabouts,” said Steven Davy, researcher at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at WIT. “[The system] allows motorists to be quickly informed about approaching cyclists and where they are on the roundabout.”

In trials of the technology, standard portable digital signs were used, with warning notices to motorists including messages like “cyclists approaching from behind”, “cyclist approaching from right”, or “cyclists ahead”, said Davy.

In 2014, two cyclists were fatally injured on Irish roundabouts, the majority of which do not have cycle lanes.  Even on those roundabouts where cycle lanes do exist, cyclists are encouraged to leave the road and share a footpath with pedestrians, which increases the risk of accidents between cyclists and pedestrians.

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European Collaborators arrive in Ireland for Kick Off Meeting of CogNet, which will bring over €5 million of research funding into Ireland

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First CogNet meeting takes place in Ireland

The COGNET (Cognitive Networks) Project which received funding of €5.97m under Horizon 2020′s call for 5GPPP will see industry and research collaborators arrive in Ireland today from Spain, Italy, Germany and Israel to particpate in the first ‘kick off’ meeting, one of many meetings which will be held over the coming 30 months.

The goal of the project is to make a major contribution towards autonomic management of telecoms network infrastructure through using the available network data and applying Machine Learning algorithms to yield insights, recognise events and conditions and respond correctly to them.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications and Software Systems (TSSG) will lead the European consortium in a European Union (EU)-funded project in the 5G telecommunications area. The project recognises that 5G technology will support billions of connected devices, and that conventional IT systems and architectures are not currently designed to handle this scale.

IBM in Ireland, one of the collaborators on the project, will host the kick off meeting at its Technology Campus in Dublin. One of the key goals of the project is to develop machine learning, data mining, autonomic technologies and algorithms that will be applied to enterprise scale 5G deployments, delivering self adapting solutions that will adapt centralised architectures to distributed solutions that can handle substantial scale.

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TSSG attends workshop about innovation policies for Cultural Heritage Institutions, Budapest 10 July 2015

civil epistThe Civic Epistemologies project had a meeting and workshop in Budapest, in the lovely environment at the National Széchényi Library, (who is a partner in the Civic Epistemologies project), on July 8-9. Whilst the meeting on the 8th was confined to project partners, the workshop was the occasion to discuss with European Cultural Heritage organisations about how by the participation of citizens and the use of e-Infrastructures, can lead to innovation in the cultural heritage domain. Edel Jennings, from the Data Mining and Social Computing group, in TSSG, attended to discuss WIT’s work in the Civic Epistemologies project, and participate in the workshop.
The workshop was opened by Katalin Bánkeszi, with a welcome message from the director of the Hungarian Library Institute, which was followed by a brief presentation from the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on the importance of the project for economic development by Mauro Fazio, the Italian Project Coordinator. Antonella Fresa, the Technical Coordinator from Promoter, then gave an in-depth presentation on the Civic Epistemologies project goals, processes, work and roadmap.

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Europe’s 5G charge will be led by Irish researchers

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TSSG reseach group at Waterford Institute of Technology has landed a E6m contract to lead Europe’s charge into 5G networking.

TSSG research group at Waterford Institute of Technology has beaten off competition from all over Europe to win a €6m EU public-private partnership (PPP) under Horizon 2020 to help build the 5G networks of the future.

The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project, co-ordinated by TSSG, is the only Irish-led project so far approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP).

TSSG is the research group that has punched above its weight to win major R&D funding and is spearheading Ireland’s prowess in the areas of telecoms and internet of things (IoT) research.

CogNet will develop solutions to provide a highly automated and more intelligent level of network monitoring and management, improve operational and energy efficiencies, quality of experience for the end user and facilitate the requirements of 5G.

Partners include Fraunhofer Fokus in Germany, Telefonica in Spain, universities in Madrid, Berlin and Italy, as well as VicomTech in the Basque Region and Israel partners Alcatel-Lucent and WeFi.

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Astronaut Charlie Duke to Walk on the Moon 43 Years after his first trip with thanks to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Immersive VR Education

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Figure 1 – Charlie Duke

Apollo 16 Astronaut and the youngest man ever to walk on the moon Charlie Duke will take a trip down memory lane as he gets to experience walking on the moon once more but this time as part of the Apollo 11 crew with thanks to Immersive VR Education an Irish company creating virtual reality experiences for use in education.

Charlie was on Capcom for the Apollo 11 mission on 20th July 1969 and it’s his voice that can be heard from mission control on that historic day when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Duke’s first words to the Apollo 11 crew on the surface of the Moon were flustered, “Roger, Twank… Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot!”

Charlie was part of the backup crew for Apollo 13 and finally got to walk on the moon himself in April 1972 as Lunar module pilot of Apollo 16. He spent a total of three days on the moon and got to drive the famous moon rover over its surface. Charlie is travelling over to the EU to open the Gateway to Space Exhibition in Brussels on Saturday 18th July where Immersive VR Education will have a virtual reality demo exhibit setup for the public to try out from themselves. Charlie will get to try out a new updated version of The Apollo 11 VR Experience which will take him all the way to the moon for that historic first step.

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