Director of Research visits ANU, Australia


Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Director of Research at the TSSG, recently visited the Australian National University to give a seminar talk. The seminar was part of his role as the IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer, and was given at the Research School of Physics and Engineering, where he was hosted by Dr. Ziyuan Li. The title of the talk was “Wireless Optogenetic Nanonetworks for Brain Stimulation”, where the talk touched on future development of miniature networks of devices that can be implanted into the brain to stimulate neurons. This in turn could lead to new forms of brain stimulation application for Brain-Machine Interface such as neuroprosthetics as well as targeted neuroplasticity training. As part of the visit, Sasi also visited the different laboratories within the department to see various equipment that are used to fabricate nanoscale photonic and energy harvesting devices. The aim of the visit is to also develop a possible collaboration link between ANU and TSSG in the area of Smart Agriculture and Future Health. More information on the seminar can be found at

Reearcher visits University of Buffalo, New York

Michael Barros

Dr. Michael Barros, Experienced post-doc researcher at TSSG, recently visited Prof. Josep Miguel Jornet for two weeks at he UbNano lab, in the University at Buffalo, New York, USA. This visit was part of his Government of Ireland fellowship, in which Prof. Jornet had a crucial role into guiding Dr. Barros to develop the research work on Ultrasound Beamforming for Wireless Optogenetics Nanonetworks. Dr. Barros had also the opportunity to give a seminar at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the same university. The title of his talk was “Bio-Nano-Machines Communication Systems Inside

Cellular Tissues and Their Role in Precision Medicine”, where Dr. Barros focused in how to use molecular communications towards the future technologies for diagnostics and treatment of diseases with the use case of the Alzheimer’s neurodegenerative disease. Prof. Jornet and Dr. Barros are continuing to work together after the visit was finished and they are planning to submit their results to IEEE INFOCOM 2020.

For abstract of Michael’s talk, click here.

WIT-TSSG on a week-long mission in India on clustering NGI topics such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things

Jim Clarke

Mr. James Clarke (far right in photo) of the TSSG group of Waterford Institute of Technology was recently in India for a number of workshops in relation to EU-India clustering topics related to the Next Generation Internet (NGI).

As part of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project that Mr. Clarke coordinates for WIT, a number of clustering events were held in New Delhi at the end of August and beginning of September, including a “Curtain Raiser” event for the upcoming M2M + IoT Forum 2019 event, which will be held during 15-16th January, 2019. As part of the main panel at the Curtain Raiser, Mr. Clarke presented the objectives of the FI-MEDIA project, which is an international EU – India cooperation mobility project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India, whose main objective is the formation of mutually beneficial EU-India cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships in a variety of topics related to the Future Internet, or now often referred to in the EU as the more human – centric Next Generation Internet, which includes topics such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial intelligence (AI), Smart environments, etc.  The FI-MEDIA project has supported the highly successful 2018 edition of m2m + IoT Forum 2018 with FI-MEDIA responsible for the recruitment of EU participants for both days and organisation of a full day clustering event specifically dedicated to clustering related to Smart Villages, which was held on 31st January, 2018. A full report of the event can be found in the FI-MEIDA project’s yearbook of success that can be downloaded from here.

The m2m + IoT Forum 2018 curtain raiser was attended by representatives of m2m + IoT stakeholders  from the entire ecosystem comprising of academics, analysts and researchers, enterprises and industry, governments – policy makers and regulators, industry associations and organizations, and government representatives from cities and villages. All attendees were showing tremendous support to the 2019 edition of the m2m + IoT Forum, which will again be split into two streams, including Smart Cities forum and Smart Villages forum. 

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Extend your R&D capability with an Innovation Voucher

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Are you an Irish SME looking for help with research and innovation? Have you a product or service that requires expertise currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? The Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, can help. The next Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher call for 2018 opens on Wednesday 12th September and closes on Wednesday 26th September, at 3pm.

The Innovation Voucher scheme was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses to encourage them to work with Irish research institutes. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new or improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, evolution of its strategic research & development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.

TSSG are currently assisting companies in application writing and registering for this call and if you would like to receive more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing .  Please note you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.

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Remove the burden of compliance by engaging with TSSG to help develop a self-sustaining Innovation Framework. The R&D Tax Credit Scheme enables companies  in Ireland to pursue advancements in their fields.

Technology Gateways

The Technology Gateway Network is composed of 15 specialist gateways, situated within 11 Institutes of Technology around Ireland. We focus on key technology areas which are aligned to industry needs in areas such as polymers, photonics, mobile, coatings, industrial design, mechatronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, wireless technologies and precision engineering. Each centre works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of specialised engineers.

Technology Gateway Clusters

To boost the power and knowledge of the Gateways, three unique gateway clusters have been developed to enhance the delivery of research and innovation for Irish SMEs. These clusters are in the areas of Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT), Engineering, Materials and Design (EMD Ireland), and Food and Beverages. Each cluster consists of relevant specialised gateways and a dedicated support office, which can assist you with any questions you may have about the Technology Gateway Network or the upcoming Innovation Voucher call.

What is an Innovation Voucher call?

The Innovation Voucher scheme is run by Enterprise Ireland and opens approximately three/four times a year. Small and medium-sized companies can apply for a €5,000 voucher for the purpose of gaining academic support in research or innovation from a listed knowledge provider. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue and can be used throughout the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway network. However, you must apply for a voucher during one of the open calls. The latest call for Innovation Vouchers opens Wednesday, 12th September 2018 and closes on Wednesday 26th September 2018. For more information about the vouchers, you can see the FAQs on the Enterprise Ireland site.

How can Technology Gateways and an Innovation Voucher help your company?

We strive to have a close connection with industry and this shows in our results. Since 2013, we have provided support to over 500 Innovation Voucher projects throughout the network. Last year alone we supported over 210 projects. We view each project as unique and as a result the assistance we provide is tailored to its specific needs. Our specialist gateway teams ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget, and provide a wide variety of support and assistance ranging from prototype production, business model development, process optimisation, customer interface, technical specification, new service development and technology audits. We can even help with the voucher application process itself.

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Amplitude conference to demonstrate the magic of research and industry collaboration

Willie and Patricia

Disruptive Innovation is the theme of a new conference aimed at businesses and innovators which will demonstrate how availing of Government funding to collaborate with researchers can benefit a company.

Amplitude, which runs in Waterford’s WIT Arena on 3 October 2018 is led by research centres in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow). Funding opportunities vary from Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 up to R&D and Commercialisation Funds worth six figures to a company.

Industry keynote speakers will be joined by Mind Magician Keith Barry.

Launching the event, Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT and one of the founders of WIT’s TSSG research centre, explained that between both institutes almost every industry can gain from collaboration to grow, develop and improve their product, processes or services – no matter the size.

“Companies will discover how to design and develop new or existing products or services.  Academic experts and industry partners from both Institutes will give real life examples of successful collaborations,” he said.

Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President, IT Carlow said that often times it is hard for companies and innovators to navigate the vast array of supports, funding and information when they needed.

“Our goal is to help businesses and innovators see or hear something or connect with someone that could be a game changer for their organisation,” she said.

The driving force behind the event are research centres TSSG (Telecommunication Systems Software Group), SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials), PMBRC (Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Bio Technology Research Centre and RIKON (Business Technology Management) along with Design Plus (Design, Engineering, ICT and Bioscience) and engCORE (Centre of Research and Enterprise in Engineering) from IT Carlow.

Organisers recognised the need in the South East for an event dedicated to facilitating collaboration opportunities between entrepreneurs, start-ups, multinationals, academic researchers and state agencies.

Keynote speakers include Ann Kehoe, Global Head of Brand for Alltech and Marc O’Regan, CTO with Dell EMC who will break down their experiences in the realm of Disruptive Innovation and how their companies face the daily challenges of staying ahead of their competitors.

Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some exciting demos of science and technology and a dedicated start up area sponsored by South East Local Enterprise Offices will also give companies a chance to see what’s emerging in the start-up scene.

Also taking to the stage at Amplitude is an internationally recognised speaker and Waterford native, Keith Barry, whose talk entitled ‘Brain Magic’ remains in the Top 25 TED Talks of all time since 2008. Barry will describe his experience of working with some of the top companies in the world and discuss how he grew his career to become, not only a world-renowned Mind Magician, but a consultant on the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Now You See Me’ and a mind coach to celebrities and top sports people around the world.

The event will also feature free IP workshops with Keltie Patent Attorneys, a London based Intellectual Property firm who recently opened an office in Galway. Representatives will be there on the day ready to answer questions relating to IP and will be in the main exhibition area.

Tickets are now on sale for just €25, visit For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring Amplitude contact

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