TSSG hosts hackathon for EU OPENi Project

Image2On Friday 13th March the TSSG hosted an open invite hackathon for the OPENi project. The hackathon had a grand prize of €300 worth of Amazon Web Services which was awarded for the best OPENi enabled application created within the 8 hours of coding. The applications were judged on their originality, privacy awareness, and their use of the OPENi Platform.

The OPENi project provides a platform that allows users greater control over their online data. The platform provides users with a single location to store and control their personal data in the cloud. This Personal Cloudlet enables users to manage what information is available to each application and for what purpose. The teams were provided with both an Android and JavaScript OPENi SDK that simplified the development of their applications.

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Ireland Takes One Giant Leap into Virtual Reality

ApolloDemo18-Monitor 16-02-2015 13-55-40-993Irish company Immersive VR Education were celebrating yesterday after successfully funding their Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience using crowd funding website Kickstarter.

They released a brief demo last month which puts you into the shoes of Neil Armstrong to experience what it was like to board a Saturn V rocket and fly it to the moon. The demo was widely praised and not only did it bring people on a trip to the moon but also provided an emotional journey for many users. One Kickstarter backer stated

The Waterford based company was formed late last year and have big plans to change the face of education worldwide by providing virtual reality content that can be used in schools, colleges, universities, research centres and corporate training. Immersive VR Education are opening a new development studio in Waterford and are being helped and supported by Enterprise Ireland and TSSG a major research group in the region.  C.E.O David Whelan a participant of the New Frontiers programme in WIT stated

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Apollo 11 moon landing to be brought to life as an Oculus VR experience

TSSG Industry day 4An innovative gaming start-up may have created what could be a best-seller this Christmas – the Apollo 11 moon landing through the lens of a virtual reality (VR) headset.

Immersive VR Education, a tech start-up supported by Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG (Telecommunications Software and Systems Group), has confirmed the virtual reality experience will be brought to market in time for Christmas.

Immersive VR Education’s CEO Dave Whelan told delegates at the recent TSSG industry day that they are on the verge of huge change in education and says the reaction from schools to their virtual reality headset game has been astounding.

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Mo-bizz participates in ‘Innovation in the Cloud’ event in Lisbon

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 11.06.19An ‘Innovation in the Cloud’ event took place on January 28th to 29th 2015, at the PT Showroom of Forum Picoas, in Lisbon.

Organised by Portugal Telecom, the dissemination event presented a range of PT participation and Innovation Projects. These included participation of Cloud ICT FP7 projects including Mo-bizz, MCN, T-NOVA, MobiCloud, OPENi, FITMAN, SeaClouds and MODAclouds.

Telma Mota, Coordinator of Mo-bizz and from Portugal Telecom, welcomed a large group of participants and visitors.

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WIT/TSSG Participating in Research Brazil Ireland Science Week Event.

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 16.24.29A number of WIT/TSSG researchers will join up to eighty senior researchers from Brazil this week at the first ever Brazil-Ireland Science Week, to be held in Dublin Castle. Presidents of Brazilian funding agencies will also attend the conference entitled ‘Collaborative Research for a Better Future’. WIT/TSSG has a number of ongoing research collaborations with leading Brazilian universities, for example:

• TSSG researchers Dr Brendan Jennings, Dr Lei Shi and PhD student Runxin Wang collaborates with Prof. Lisandro Granville Zambenedetti from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) on techniques for managing data traffic in cloud computing data centres. The collaboration was initiated when Runxin spend a month in UFRGS last year and is continuing at the moment with TSSG hosting one of Prof. Granville’s PhD students, Juliano Wickboldt. The work has already result in the publication of a paper in the proceedings of the CNSM 2014 conference, with more jointly authored papers in preparation;

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