TSSG Attend IoT Week

13th July 2012

Paul Malone, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) Security Research Unit Manager attended IoT week (Internet of Things) in Venice, 18-22nd June. Paul presented at IoT Security & Privacy Workshop organized by IERC AC05 on the 18th June in Venice, Italy.

Paul Malone, represented the Effectsplus Cluster, and presented “Potential innovations and challenges in the Trust and Security Research Domain” at the workshop.

The IoT European Research Cluster who organised the event and are involved in coordinating and building a broadly based consensus on ways to realise the “Internet of Things” vision for Europe, with objectives to address the large potential for IoT-based capabilities in Europe and to coordinate the convergence of ongoing activities.




For More Information:

To learn more about the IoT Week, click here.

To learn more about EffectsPlus Cluster click here.

To learn more about Security Research Unit Manager Paul Malone, click here.

To learning more about the TSSG Security Research Unit, click here.

Dr. Balasubramaniam Presents at ESOF 2012

13th July 2012


Dr. Sasi Balasubramaniam, Research Unit Manager of the Bio-Inspired Networking Unit at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) participated in the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) yesterday in the Convention Centre Dublin.

Dr. Balasubramaniam made a presentation entitled “Molecular Communications: A new communication paradigm for nanoscale devices.” The fifteen minute presentation introduced a new communication paradigm for nanodevices. The talk also touched on current proposed models, as well as possible protocols to enable molecular networking.

The Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) is Europe’s largest, general science meeting and is currently running in Dublin from July 11th-15th 2012.

For more information please see links below:

To learn more about the Bio-Inspired Research Unit at TSSG, click here.

To learn more about Dr. Sasi Balasubramaniam, click here.

To learn more about ESOF, click here.

Dr. Willie Donnelly Presents at ESOF 2012

12th July 2012
Published by Silicon Republic

Author: John Kennedy

Date of publication: 11th July 2012

Publication: Silicon Republic

Press Feature: Interview with Dr. Willie Donnelly










Dr William Donnelly, head of research and innovation at Waterford Institute of Technology’s celebrated TSSG and whose experience in European framework programmes goes back to FP2, said Ireland needs to bolster its success so far with FP7 by rejoining the top science decision-making bodies in Europe.

Donnelly said that during the economic good times Ireland’s membership of key decision-making groups began to wane and now more then ever we need to start showing leadership again.

Strategically, Donnelly pointed out, Ireland is in the league of innovation followers. We need to be in the league of innovation leaders.

“Ireland needs to look at the Single European Market. We tend to look towards California and the US, but we have a major Single Market right here on our doorstep.

“It’s all about pooling and leveraging resources, bringing about a critical mass and fostering human capacity.

“We have hemorrhaged some of our best researchers in recent year,” Donnelly said pointing out that the €963m Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions contained in the recent €8.1bn investment under the €55bn FP7 strategy is a way of reversing that.

Waterford Institute of Technology of Technology’s (WIT) TSSG is seen as an exemplar in working with European research bodies as well as being an major influencer in the shape of future telecoms and internet technologies.

TSSG has funded 62 projects out of 110 from FP7 funds and a total budget of €266m and this has contributed to creating 400 jobs in the South East of Ireland.

“You have to be part of the decision-making bodies to influence direction,” Donnelly urged. “The platforms are the industry. During the good years we stopped doing that and we have to get back into the decision-making roles.”

Co-ordinating national policies with European policies

Donnelly said that ample opportunities are in danger of slipping through our fingers if we don’t take advantage of the open market.

“Ireland is one of the most open economies in the world and we should use those links to connect the countries elsewhere in the world for our own benefit and Europe’s benefit.”

He cited the example of Asian telecoms giant NTT which has been asking how better can it participate in European tech and science innovation.

Donnelly also warned that Ireland’s Employment Control Framework which restricts who can be employed in academic institutions needs to be reevaluated.

“If we don’t fix this the best researchers will go to Europe rather than come to Ireland.

“We are seen as an innovation follower, not as a leader. We need to take a more strategic, cohesive approach to research and remove the silos,” he said referring to the enduring separation of the sciences from arts and humanities.

“I’m a technologist, but see a lot of opportunity to work in areas like design, usability and databases.

“We need to combine our SME agencies and our academics to work together in a strategic way. We need to link better with European and international networks. We need to better leverage EU funding by prioritising certain areas and developing an integrated support framework for industry.

“We need to think about research, innovation and market development in the same way.

“We are a services economy, it’s not just about innovation but about the consumer. We need to be open to integrating best of breed research from elsewhere in Europe – we don’t have to invent everything.

“The goal is to transform Ireland from being an innovation follower to an innovation leader. We can do it. But first we need an agile research and innovation infrastructure,” Donnelly urged.

This article was published by Silicon Republic. See original article here.

ESOF 2012 Launch Day

11th July 2012

The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) are currently attending ESOF 2012 which was officially opened today by President Michael D. Higgins. The event is taking place from 11th-15th July in the Convention Centre Dublin.

Today, Founder, Director, Executive Director Science, Head of Research W.I.T, Dr. Willie Donnelly made a presentation on how Ireland could leverage the FP7 Framework Programme to become a gateway to Europe for the rest of the world.

The TSSG will be represented by a number of researchers from both the SOCIETIES and FAME projects, who are at stand 68 throughout the event to talk about their work and TSSG projects.

We look forward to Dr. Sasi Balasubramaniam, TSSG, making a presentation on “ Molecular Communications: A new communication paradigm for nanoscale devices” which will take place on Thursday 12th July at 4.00pm. The presentation will present a new communication paradigm for nanodevices, called molecular communications. The talk will touch on current proposed models, as well as possible protocols to enable molecular networking and is not to be missed.

TSSG to attend CIICT Symposium 2012











The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) will attend the CIICT 2012 Symposium on ICT and Energy Efficiency, in Dublin City University (DCU) on the 6th July.

The 2012 CIICT Symposium will focus on the theme ICT and Energy Efficiency – exploring how the design of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is increasingly influenced by energy costs and power consumption constraints and, in addition, how ICT will be broadly applied in future to help manage the emerging global energy crisis.

The symposium will look at three main themes including ‘Convergence of Smart Grid and the Internet of Things’, ‘Energy Efficient Wired and Wireless ICT’, and ‘Network Security and Energy Efficiency’.

This symposium is a partner conference with the Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF 2012).

TSSG industry liaison and project manager, Kevin Quinn will present a talk entitled “Energy Efficiency: Bottom Up Energy Efficiency – Let’s build something.” The talk will cover the area of smart grids and current opportunities for Irish companies to develop products to help with advancing energy efficiency. Dr. Quinn will also describe some of the projects under way in the TSSG and demonstrate previous researched technology including ASTRAL and current Green ICT project Finseny.

For more information, please see links below:

To learn more about CIICT 2012, click here

To learn more about Kevin Quinn and his work, click here

Find out more about ASTRAL Project

Find out more about Finseny Project

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