Smart glove team win Technology Ireland Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year

Dave Feenan (ISA, left) Dr Brendan O'Flynn (centre) accepting the Technology Ireland Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year award. Absent from image Ian Mills, AR/VR Technical Lead at TSSG and Software Developer for the Smart Glove Project

Dave Feenan (ISA, left) Dr Brendan O’Flynn (centre) accepting the Technology Ireland Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year award. Absent from image Ian Mills, AR/VR Technical Lead at TSSG and Software Developer for the Smart Glove Project

The team of researchers behind the Smart Glove – Haptic Human Computer Interface System for VR/AR and robotics – won the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement in the field of Digital Technology’ category of the Technology Ireland Software Awards at a ceremony in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Friday night, November 24th.

The smart glove for HCI is a culmination of over a decade of research in the development of motion sensing for the human body and incorporates the latest sensing technologies needed to bridge the human and digital worlds of Augmented/Virtual Reality and robotics. The Wireless Sensor Networks group at the Tyndall National Institute, working in collaboration with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology, and in conjunction with human factors engineering and industrial design experts “Design Partners”, as well as manufacturers of wearable technology, hopes to create a device that transports people’s hands into the virtual world providing them with a fully immersive experience. Funded by Enterprise Ireland as part of its commercialization fund scheme, the glove incorporates sensors and novel data fusion algorithms to give precise information in real time regarding hand biomechanics, position and movement.

Head of Tyndall’s Wireless Sensor Networks group, Dr Brendan O’Flynn, commented: “the development of this technology will enable a seamless interface between the wearer and the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality world which is increasingly a part of our daily life, not just in the consumer and gaming communities, but also in the factories of the future, where it can be used as a training tool. Another application deals with surgical training where the haptic glove bridges the gap between real and virtual for simulated training for the current and next generation of physicians.”

Director of Innovation at TSSG, Kevin Doolin congratulated the team and their work as a joint effort in bringing this project to life, by saying ‘The Smart Glove is a clear example of how collaboration between experts in both hardware and software can lead to game-changing products being developed by Irish R&D Institutes. The Smart Glove is a key technology enabler unlocking the ability to create truly immersive VR experiences across a variety of sectors and is really making an impact with some of the largest technology companies.’

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Crystal Valley Tech puts Sunny South East on the Map

Daniel Lynch from St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, with Anna Cintulova, Bluefin

Daniel Lynch from St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, with Anna Cintulova, Bluefin

WIT-TSSG hosted event attracts 2,000 visitors

Bluefin Payment Systems, Sun Life Financial, Routematch, Red Hat, TSSG and Nearform were among 50 companies presenting at the WIT arena today.

Working together as Crystal Valley Tech, the companies showcased the tech industry to an audience of 2,000 members of the public, students, and private and public sector workers.

Elaine Fennelly, Bluefin Payment Systems general manager and co-founder of Crystal Valley Tech, said: “People who work in the industry already know that Tech is well established in the south east and the number of opportunities and companies continues to grow and grow.

“According to a recent Tech Ireland report there are over 60 indigenous and multinational companies employing well over 1,500 people from their bases in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

“However, we weren’t so sure that people in the region realised just how big the ICT industry is becoming and to ensure the industry’s future growth in the South East a group of us came together to form Crystal Valley Tech.

“Our remit is fairly simple, to create a tech hub in the south east to which international companies are happy to relocate, indigenous companies and start-ups can thrive. Part of that is showcasing just how vibrant the industry already is to college and second level students which is what today is all about.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows (SFI Funding Opportunities)

TSSG is seeking a number of postdoctoral research fellows to join the centre and encourages potential candidates to apply through competitive funding schemes, which includes:

- Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship Programme (

The research areas of interest is Closed Loop Neurostimulation.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows in TSSG are required to support the basic research work in their respective units, and this includes participating and supporting in development of proposals (SFI, EU H2020), as well as joint supervision of PhD students, and collaboration with peers. TSSG provides support to allow successful candidates to pursue independent research in their area of interest, as long as this falls in line with the thematic areas of the unit. This allows researchers to develop their own independent groups to advance their research interests. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the Dr Sasitharan Balasubramaniam ( / Denise Manton ( for further information.

Experienced Software Test Engineer

Job Title: Experienced Software Test Engineer

Department: V&V, TSSG (                               

Salary: €31,000 – €51,000 p.a.

Commencement Date: ASAP 

Closing Date: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 17:00 GMT


TSSG are inviting applications for the temporary position of Experienced Software Test Engineer.  The successful applicant must hold a BSc in Computing or similar discipline.  Closing date for receipt of applications is 20 November 2017.

Major Duties:

The successful candidate will plan, design, develop, and execute the software testing of advanced telecommunications products. Candidates must have at least 3 years’ software test experience.  The candidate should be able to work in a dynamic team environment and will be expected to display excellent time management, organisational and communication skills.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Artificial Intelligence/Risk Communication

Job Title:  Postdoctoral Researcher – Artificial Intelligence/Risk Communication                            

Department: PAS, TSSG (

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: Immediate                              

Closing date: Friday, 10 November 2017 at 17:00 GMT



TSSG are inviting applications for the temporary position of Postdoctoral Researcher – Artificial Intelligence/Risk Communication.  The successful applicant must hold a PhD.  Closing date for receipt of applications is 10 November 2017.

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