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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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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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TSSG wins €6m EU 5G PPP project to catapult Ireland into premier league in European telecoms industry

Dr Steven Davy and Robert Mullins, Project Co-ordinator of CogNet IRISH telecommunications software experts have won a project worth almost €6 million in EU funding to help build the global technical infrastructure for a faster, better fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network and mobile internet. Current telecom providers have just started the process of rolling out the fourth generation of such networks and the fifth generation are likely to start appearing around 2022.

The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project, co-ordinated by the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology, is the only Irish-led project approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP).

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.

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TSSG Uncovered: Irish Research Centres Rule

In the first of a series on Ireland’s research centres and their role in the Irish startup ecosystem, we profile TSSG (Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group) and speak to CEO Barry Downes, founder of FeedHenry, along with three of TSSG’s Spin Outs.

Irish startup FeedHenry made news recently, with its sale for an impressive €63 million to US firm Red Hat. With branches in England, America and Dublin, the mobile app development platform has become a global player. FeedHenry is a ‘Spin Out’ originating at TSSG, the research centre based at Waterford Institute of Technology; founded in 1996, TSSG focuses on telecommunications software and applied research, and is 100% self-funded through EU research contracts and R&D work with EI startups

Over the years the research centre has grown from a handful of employees to a staff of 143, working with IBM, Cisco, Science Foundation Ireland and entrepreneurs like Dragons Den’s Barry O’Sullivan (O’Sullivan’s ‘predictive communications’ startup Altocloud began with R&D at TSSG). They also conduct R&D for smaller companies through Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership programme which sees EI cover up to 80% of the cost.

“The core of it all is leveraging science and technology to have an impact, and that impact is measured in jobs,” says Barry Downes, founder of FeedHenry and CEO of TSSG. “We run a PhD programme, and the graduates go into other programmes both locally and nationally. We have a pretty open ecosystem: we see ourselves as a catalyst. A lot of traditional companies would try to hold on to all their graduates, but we try to encourage our staff to go and join startups regionally and nationally.” Graduates leave, start companies, return and leave again to rejoin the Irish startup ecosystem, with TSSG positioned at its centre. “We have the skills in-house to solve problems end-to-end,” Downes explains. “We can put together a team for their whole innovation life cycle. A typical research project will last from 12 to 18 months. These tend to be large budget R&D programmes, anything from 100k to 500k.”

And then there are TSSG’s ‘Spin Outs’, companies formed from ideas generated within the research centre before being judged worth developing in their own right. We spoke to the founders of three of these companies, each in different stages of development, about their startups and the research behind them.

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Recruiting for ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager

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Position:       ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager 

(Ref. No. 015038)

Applications are invited for the post of ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).  WIT’s ArcLabs (www.arclabs.ie) centres in Waterford and Kilkenny support a community of early-stage technology and service companies and are focal points for the Institute’s engagement with industry. Established 10 years ago ArcLabs has supported more than 60 start-up companies since its foundation.

We seek a dynamic and motivated individual with the necessary skills and experience to lead and grow our Incubation Centres through the next stage of development. The role involves hands-on support and mentoring of early stage companies as well as operational management and marketing of ArcLabs. The person plays a critical role in facilitating interaction between WIT and the start – up and SME communities. The Incubation Centre Manager is also a key interface with investors and enterprise support agencies.

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