International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communication (ICNC)


Pic. Kriti Bhargava, TSSG

TSSG attends International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communication (ICNC), held in Silicon Valley, USA, from January 26–29, 2017.

The conference aimed to bring researchers from academia and industry to present their work, and share results in various technical areas ranging from Cognitive Computing, Social Computing and Semantic Data Mining, Network Algorithms and Performance Evaluation, Wireless Sensor Networks and Communications to Information Security and Privacy.

Representing TSSG, Kriti Bhargava participated in the conference to present their paper titled “Fog-enabled WSN System for Animal Behavior Analysis in Precision Dairy”, in the Wireless Ad-Hoc and Sensor Networks session. The paper discusses the design of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) system for animal behavior analysis. A fog service has been proposed to perform real-time monitoring and analysis of animal mobility patterns autonomously for early detection animal stress as well as provide location-based services such as Virtual Fence applications. The performance of the algorithm has been evaluated in terms of activity classification accuracy using R analysis.

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Shard Capital Partners Launches New Venture Capital Fund in Ireland


Pic. Donnchadh Cullinan, Enterprise Ireland, Toby Raincock, Shard Capital, Minister O Connor, Barry Downes, Suir Valley Ventures, Gareth Burchell, Shard Capital

Shard Capital Partners LLP ( announces the launch and first closing of the Suir Valley Venture Fund of Suir Valley Funds ICAV (‘the Fund’), the first Irish focused venture capital fund in Ireland that uses a regulated fund with a fully regulated Alternative Investment Fund Manager (‘AIFM’).  The Fund invests in early stage software companies in the Financial Technology (‘FinTech’), Augmented Reality (‘AR’), Virtual Reality (‘VR’), and Internet of Things (‘IoT’) sectors.  The Fund’s first close has been funded via commitments of up to €20 million from Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Government Agency, and Shard Capital.

UK based Shard Capital will be managing the Fund in Ireland by availing of the management passport under the Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (‘AIFMD’).  Management of the Fund is led by Barry Downes, previously founder of FeedHenry (, which was acquired by Red Hat Inc in 2014 (NYSE: RHT) and also more recently CEO of TSSG  (, a leading international software research institute, which has delivered over 120 technology and innovation projects for start-ups over the past three years. The Fund’s Irish operation will be headquartered at the Waterford Institute of Technology’s Research and Innovation Campus in Carriganore Waterford, Ireland, where the TSSG is also based.

Speaking about the launch, Toby Raincock, CEO of Shard Capital, said: “We are delighted to launch, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Suir Valley Funds ICAV, which complements our existing award winning fund management business.  Barry’s proven expertise and successful track record in seed funding early stage companies with innovative and disruptive technologies is a welcome addition to Shard Capital’s existing broking, asset management and corporate capital services businesses.”

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Positive effects of 2014 WIT/TSSG SpinOut with Jobs announcements

Pictured in 2014: Cathal McGloin, CEO of Feedhenry and Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platform Business, Red Hat

Pictured in 2014: Cathal McGloin, CEO of Feedhenry and Craig Muzilla, senior vice president, Application Platform Business, Red Hat

Decision by global software leader Red Hat is another excellent endorsement of the region as a prime location for other technology companies

Red Hat which established a Waterford office following its acquisition of TSSG spin out FeedHenry has announced 60 new jobs over the next four years.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor together with Minister of State for Training, Skills & Innovation John Halligan announced that Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, plans to invest €12.7M in a new project, committing to create up to 60 jobs in Waterford over four years.

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Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation Practices into Our Research Activities.

“RRI can be understood as a shift in responsibility: the shift from thinking in terms of individualist and consequentialist notions of responsibility to thinking in terms of collective and distributed responsibility and processes”


PIC. Dr. Catherine O Mahony & Dr. Ruth Hally, UCC

On Thursday January 12, 2017. Dr Ruth Hally and Dr Catherine O’Mahony, UCC researchers, facilitated a workshop for WIT staff on “How to Embed Responsible Research and Innovation  (RRI)  in teaching practices, assessment design and research approaches” at the WIT Cork Road Campus. Both Dr Hally and Dr O’Mahony are working on an EU project EnRRICH for Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education . This project aims to build capacity of students and staff in higher education to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that support the embedding of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in curricula, by responding to the research needs of society as expressed by civil society organisations (CSOs).

RRI is an umbrella term for the multi-threaded connections between Research and Innovation (R&I) activities and Society. It expresses the collective responsibility of people working in R&I to engage responsively with all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, and business) as stakeholders –  for example through public engagement, open access, gender equality, science education, ethics and governance– to align research and innovation processes, governance and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. RRI processes can be threaded through the full research project life cycles from agenda setting, to design, implementation and evaluation stages– leading to societal benefits from including knowledge and experience of real world ‘complexities’ in project activities. RRI emphasizes importance of ‘upstream’ inclusion of society in science and innovation to meet our most urgent grand societal challenges.

A key RRI goal for the Higher Education sector is to develop competencies and frameworks to embed RRI capacity within research and innovation processes and governance across all disciplines, and levels. This can be done by including Community Based Learning and Community Based Research in all disciplines directly into education principles and modules- from undergraduate courses through to postdoctoral research and innovation activity. Thus graduates, as well as those working directly in Research and Innovation, can be empowered with RRI knowledge to give proper consideration to ethical issues in service or, product design and development in the workplace, and to engage openly with people from diverse groups of society.

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Workshop guides Software Defined Networking community on solution for isolated network connectivity and performance

pristineAn insightful workshop, hosted by the PRISTINE and ARCFIRE projects, on “beyond SDN/NFV” was held in conjunction with the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress 2016 in The Hague (NL) in October 2016. A demo was featuring a Distributed Interprocess Communication Facility (DIF) that was constantly being renumbered without corrupting existing flows or impairing the ability to create new ones.

With over 100 supporting partners and sponsors and 1,500+ delegates, the SDN World Congress has established itself as the principal network innovation conference in Europe for the global telecommunications industry.

The culmination of two and a half years of research work on the PRISTINE project and initial results from ARCFIRE project were presented at the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) workshop, which is an annually organised event, allowing researchers interested to present their work and discuss advances related to their research on RINA. The PRISTINE project has been advancing the design and implementation of the innovative internals of the RINA clean-slate architecture, while the ARCFIRE project is setting out to execute large-scale RINA experimentation on FIRE+ infrastructure. The advances in the PRISTINE project include the programmable functions for: supporting congestion control, providing protection/resiliency, facilitating more efficient topological routing, and multi-layer management for handling configuration, performance and security.

PRISTINE and ARCFIRE consortium partners have been able to show how RINA can be a new feasible way for delivering efficient network services through:

  • Layer 2 Agnostic Networking.
  • Global layer 2 VLANs for Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs), Cloud Providers and Network Service Providers.
  • Application Specific Name Spaces for Billions of IDs.
  • Inherent Application Security for Distributed Services.
  • Isolated ‘Network Slices’ for End to End Services use that can really Guarantee QoS per slice.
  • Pro-Active Congestion Control.

Further details please contact Miguel Ponce De Leon, TSSG


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