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TSSG Congratulates Immersive VR Education on its IPO in London and Dublin

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L-R Orla Rimmington, Partner, Kernel Capital, Seamus Larrissey – CFO, Immersive VR Education, David Whelan – CEO, Immersive VR Education, Sandra Whelan – COO, Immersive VR Education, Barry Downes – Managing Partner Suir Valley Ventures, Helen McAuliffe – Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland. Photo Credit: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

Immersive VR Education is looking to transform education through the utilisation of virtual reality (‘VR’).  It has already won multiple global accolades for its Apollo 11 and Titanic simulations and is working closely with leading institutions including the BBC and Oxford University.  VRE will now prioritise the worldwide roll-out of ENGAGE, its leading digital education platform, providing students, educators and corporate trainers with an amazingly visual and realistic alternative to attending bricks and mortar institutes.  TSSG has engaged with Immersive through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers and Innovation Partnerships programmes, and looks forward to collaborating with the team in the future. Director of Innovation at TSSG, Kevin Doolin, said ‘this is a fantastic success story for a company that is truly at the cutting edge of VR tech, and we wish Dave, Sandra and the team every success in the future’.

 

Experienced Software Developer (Ref. No. 020119)

Job Title: Experienced Software Developer (Ref. No. 020119)

Department: Mobile Ecosystem and Pervasive Sensing Unit, TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Commencement Date: Immediately

Location: TSSG, Carriganore

Minimum Requirement: BSc./ HDip. Computer Science


Position Details:

TSSG is seeking an Experienced Software Developer to join its Mobile Ecosystem and Pervasive Sensing Research Unit.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Project Technical Lead to develop requirements for software.
  • Develop software using the appropriate technology set as specified by the Project technical lead.
  • Develop Object Oriented software in Java or similar OO language.
  • Work on cutting edge mobile applications (e.g. React Native, Ionic, Cordova, Objective C, Android, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Sencha, jQuery Mobile, Backbone.js, Node.js, PhoneGap)
  • Develop unit test suites in conjunction with all software modules developed.
  • Work with network protocols (both telecommunications and Internet).
  • Work with database technologies – for example PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, MS-SQL Server.
  • Utilise process management tools for time management and defect management.
  • Participate in function test, integration test and user acceptance tests.
  • Work with the software test function to resolve defects promptly.
  • Document any necessary processes or procedures.
  • Work with the Research Unit Manager to write proposals for future funding.
  • Carry out other such duties as determined and directed by the Director(s) of TSSG that contribute to the achievement of the strategic initiatives of the organisation.
  • Report to the Research Unit Manager / Technical Lead. 
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TSSG attends the 4YFN Conference in Barcelona

Paul Malone (right) with members of the NGI community and Pearse O'Donohue, Director for Future Networks in the European Commission (third fom right) at the NGI booth at 4YFN event in Barcelona.

Paul Malone (right) with members of the NGI community and Pearse O’Donohue, Director for Future Networks in the European Commission (third from right) at the NGI booth at 4YFN event in Barcelona.

TSSG, as part of the SpeakNGI.eu project, attended the 4YFN conference in Barcelona, 26th to 28th February. TSSG is promoting the consultation platform for the Next Generation Internet (NGI).

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) (https://www.ngi.eu/) is a European Commission initiative focused on building a “Human Internet” creating an Internet that respects human and societal values, privacy, participation and diversity, and offers new functionalities to support people’s real needs and address global sustainability challenges. TSSG is part of the initiative and coordinates the SpeakNGI.eu project which has the responsibility of running the consultation platform to gather informed opinions from experts across a broad set of stakeholder groups. These consultations are used for the future research direction of the NGI initiative through H2020 and beyond.

4YFN (4 years from now) (https://www.4yfn.com) is the start-up business platform of Mobile World Capital Barcelona that enables start-ups, investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and launch new ventures together. One of the targeted stakeholder groups for NGI outreach is “Start-ups and SMEs” and as such the 4YFN conference is the perfect opportunity to reach out to this community.

Paul Malone from TSSG represented SpeakNGI.eu and met with a large number of technology and social innovation start-ups, introducing them to the concept of the NGI as well as NGI funding opportunities in addition to invitations to participate on the consultation platform.

The NGI consultation platform is available at https://consultation.ngi.eu/ and is open to input from all stakeholders including citizens, policy makers, technology organisations, start-ups and SMEs, social innovators and researchers.

TSSG attends the RDA Innovation Forum 2018

Big Data

Research Data Sharing without barriers is a key important topic and a necessity as an enabler to actively encourage and facilitate progressive and impactful research. The Research Data Alliance provides a neutral space where its members from over 133 countries come together to develop and adopt infrastructure that actively promotes data driven research and sharing, working to integrate interested stakeholders across domains and jurisdictions. The RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 actively debates the challenges, issues and need for education and awareness raising around accessible and reusable data across borders, across different sectors and also different types of organisations (research, public and private).

The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group of Waterford Institute of Technology (TSSG‐WIT), through their expertise in technologies relating to data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and next generation internet, actively keep abreast of current and emerging directives, policies and challenges in this space, in order to effectively feed in their ongoing research strategies and projects.

Technical Lead Frances Cleary from TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, attended the RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 event in Brussels on January 30th, 2018 and actively fed back into TSSG-WIT’s internal special interest groups, supporting knowledge sharing and dissemination for greater impact. In addition, attendance at this prestigious event enabled the active promotion of the ‘SpeakNGI.eu Consultation platform and Knowledge Base https://www.consultation.ngi.eu/

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EU-North America H2020 project DISCOVERY review

On 8th February, 2018, James Clarke of the TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology attended the final review of the Horizon 2020 project DISCOVERY, which stands for Dialogues on ICT to Support Co-operation Ventures and Europe-North America Synergies. The main goal of the DISCOVERY project is to support dialogues between Europe and North America (Canada and USA) and fostering cooperation in collaborative ICT Research & Innovation both under Horizon 2020 and US and Canada funding programmes.

DISCOVERY Review Team (left – right): May D. Wang, Georgia Tech (USA), Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University, Ontario (Canada), James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Patricia Abril-Jiménez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Maria F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Yolanda Ursa, INMARK Europa (Spain), Sabina Guaylupo, INMARK Europa (Spain), Claudio Caimi, HP Enterprise (Italy), Alberto Leon-García, University of Toronto (Canada), Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce - New Jersey (USA), Xianshu Zeng, INMARK Europa (Spain)

DISCOVERY Review Team (left – right): May D. Wang, Georgia Tech (USA), Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University, Ontario (Canada), James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland), Patricia Abril-Jiménez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Maria F. Cabrera-Umpierrez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), Yolanda Ursa, INMARK Europa (Spain), Sabina Guaylupo, INMARK Europa (Spain), Claudio Caimi, HP Enterprise (Italy), Alberto Leon-García, University of Toronto (Canada), Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey (USA), Xianshu Zeng, INMARK Europa (Spain)

On 30th November, 2017, the project organised its second edition of their Transatlantic ICT Forum 2017 (TIF 2017), which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. TIF 2017 was co-located with the 9th European Innovation Summit and hosted by prominent Members of the European Parliament. TIF 2017 focused on four thematic panels, including dedicated sessions on Funding Mechanisms, Cybersecurity, eHealth and AI and Social Inclusion. In TIF 2017, Mr. Clarke of TSSG was the overall chair along with members of the EU Parliament for two dedicated panel sessions: 1. transatlantic cooperation between main cybersecurity initiatives and platforms and 2. security and privacy challenges for next generation internet topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Ethics, and Robotics.

The TIF 2017 attracted significant participant attendance by senior-level experts in related fields, with over 100 participants in each session. Overall 42 influential speakers and panellists from the EU (52%), the US (29%) and Canada (19%), with highly-relevant credentials, expertise and global reputation in the subject matter areas, attended the Forum.

At the review in February 2018, the team focused on the assets developed, impacts achieved and how sustainability will occur at the conclusion of the project in the following domains:

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