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FOUR WIT/TSSG RESEARCHERS LISTED IN “IRELAND’S CHAMPIONS OF EU RESEARCH”

Horizon2020-ChampsOfEUReflecting upon Ireland’s recent success in Horizon 2020, Minister John Halligan recognised the efforts of 4 WIT/TSSG researchers at the EU Research Forum

Researchers in Ireland were acknowledged for their achievements in the Horizon 2020 programme, equivalent to €2.7m per week in competitively won funding, at the EU Research Forum in Dublin. A success rate that testifies to the world-class research ongoing in Ireland and the robust research infrastructure developed over recent years.

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister John Halligan was very positive regarding the future of Irish research and innovation. The Minister stated, “The breadth of projects nominated for awards today inspires confidence in the continued excellence and dedication to research and innovation in Irish society.”

“I was particularly impressed to note the variety of Universities, Higher Education Institutes, agencies and companies that are competing at the highest levels of European research”, he added, noting the range of participants in the funding programme.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added, “Today’s event celebrates the achievements of collaboration between academic research and industry. Horizon 2020 is an important source of funding for research and innovation and provides a mechanism for researchers and Irish enterprise to network and collaborate with the best researchers and leading companies across Europe.”

Special awards were made to researchers for specific projects they helped to realise and all researchers responsible for coordinating funding awards were recognised in an official brochure from Enterprise Ireland, including 4 researchers from WIT/TSSG who coordinated Horizon 2020 projects (Kieran Sullivan, Dr Steven Davy, Dr Alan Davy, and Robert Mullins).

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation. It runs over the period 2014-2020 and has a total budget of €75 billion. Ireland’s national target of securing €1.25 billion in EU funding is equivalent to 1.67% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget. To date, Ireland has secured funding of €424 million, representing 1.66% of the total EU budget committed.

Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, working to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Led by Enterprise Ireland, the national support network for Horizon 2020 has 9 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, the Irish Universities Association, the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

For more information visit www.horizon2020.ie

Waterford Institute of Technology leading policy and technical dialogues between European Union and United States in Cybersecurity and Privacy

Left to right: Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce - New Jersey, Prof. Rebecca Wright, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Yolanda Ursa, INMARK EUROPA SA, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Dan Caprio, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Jonathan Litchman, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Fabio Martinelli, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, and Claudio Caimi, Hewlett Packard Italiana Srl.

Left to right: Camille Sailer, European American Chamber of Commerce – New Jersey, Prof. Rebecca Wright, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Yolanda Ursa, INMARK EUROPA SA, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Dan Caprio, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Jonathan Litchman, The Providence Group – Washington D.C., Fabio Martinelli, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, and Claudio Caimi, Hewlett Packard Italiana Srl.

The TSSG group of the Waterford Institute of Technology has been successful with the awarding of an International EU – US project in the ICT 2016-2017 call of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme.

The AEGIS project answers the H2020 dedicated call in relation to strengthening of dialogues between Europe and the United States, in order to facilitate exchange of views, policies and best practices to stimulate cooperation around cybersecurity and privacy Research & Innovation (R&I), and contribute in shaping the future global cybersecurity and privacy landscape.

At its core, the project is setting up an EU-US Cybersecurity Reflection Group composed of two dedicated working groups: 1. Cybersecurity Research and Innovation; and 2. Cybersecurity Policy topics, which will collectively give attention to international technical trends, and policy and legislation challenges in cybersecurity and privacy. The reflection group (expected to be minimum around 15 persons per Working Group) will facilitate the effective collaboration of a wide range of interested parties including policy makers, researchers, technology experts, business leaders, cyber policies experts and influencers and civil society.

The AEGIS project builds upon earlier work carried out at the TSSG in relation to the building of international cooperation with the United States and other countries, including the FP7 INCO-Trust project (2008 – 2010), FP7 BIC – Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (2011 – 2013), which created an EU based cooperation platform for researchers in the areas related to Trustworthy ICT in EU and Brazil, India, South Africa, USA, and many other countries, and the currently running H2020 DISCOVERY project (2016-2017), which is looking at the broader aspects of EU-US cooperation in all areas related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). AEGIS will complement these projects very well with a specific focus on the enhancement of transatlantic dialogues in relation to the technical and policy aspects in areas related to the important topics of cybersecurity and privacy.

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Lantern the shining light at NDRC’s research commercialisation gig

Image: Tanachot Srijam/Shutterstock

Image: Tanachot Srijam/Shutterstock

Getting research out of the lab and into the real world is a difficult task, though NDRC’s recent programme could help Lantern do just that.

Ireland’s knowledge transfer system isn’t perfect but, armed with significant state funding, it’s getting there.

What can help, though, is when initiatives such as NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme for researchers put scientists through their paces.

This week saw Lantern take top prize, thanks to technology that can model the “effective bandwidth” of IT services.

Run as a collaborative partnership with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) and Connect, the programme had a simple premise: it aimed to help researchers actively prepare for commercialisation funding, which will support them on the path to pre-seed investment.

Lantern – a latency analysis system for financial services – is a new network management technology being developed by TSSG.

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How to capitalise on Ireland’s strength in the AgTech sector

James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland; Rita Guinan, head of enterprise, local enterprise office Tipperary; and Donal Mullane, regional manager, Teagasc.

James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland; Rita Guinan, head of enterprise, local enterprise office Tipperary; and Donal Mullane, regional manager, Teagasc.

A conference aiming to highlight opportunities to capitalise on Ireland’s strengths in the emerging AgTech sector has been launched.

The AgTech Symposium will take place on Wednesday, 5 July, at The Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary.

AgTech is developing at pace across the country and the agencies involved are anxious to bring increased focus to this area in the South and East, that will lead to opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports. The conference is be organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) of the South East Region and funded under the Action Plan for Jobs. It is in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, Teagasc, Department of Agriculture, the Institutes of Technology, the Irish Farmers Journal, Agriforvalor, TSSG and industry.

It will offer insight into the future for AgTech in Ireland by investigating opportunities to grow AgTech, how we can grow and develop ready-built technologies to be used in an agricultural capacity and what is the real impact of AgTech on the farm with insights from progressive farmers and companies who are using technology on the farm every day.

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Lantern announced as winner of NDRC’s Pre-Commercialisation Programme in partnership with SFI Research Centres

L-R- Eoin O’Driscoll, Tyndall, Frank Smith, Connect, Philip O'Brien, Lantern, Kevin Burke, Enterprise Ireland and Gary Leyden, NDRC

L-R- Eoin O’Driscoll, Tyndall, Frank Smith, Connect, Philip O’Brien, Lantern, Kevin Burke, Enterprise Ireland and Gary Leyden, NDRC

NDRC’s Pre–Commercialisation Programme for researchers concluded today with announced as the winner of the showcase event. Run as a collaborative partnership with SFI Research Centres – the Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre, The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group Research Centre and the Connect Research Centre -the aim of the programme was to help researchers actively prepare for commercialisation funding which will support them on the path to pre-seed investment.

Over a sixteen-week period, the NDRC team worked with the researchers to identify market challenges, helping them understand the value of the customer discovery and validation process and to explore the application of business model design to their research. The programme also offered the opportunity for the researchers to meet entrepreneurs and expand their networks in the digital startup sector.

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