Mobility as a Service (Maas)

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It’s the big news item on the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) circuit these days.  We are told its coming, it’s definitely going to happen and it’s going to change the way we travel. That’s all ok but just what is MaaS? And is it really feasible to change the way we travel? For me, one of the most innovative things about MaaS is that it could mean saying goodbye to owning your own car!

The basic idea of MaaS is that you will no longer own a car but will satisfy your transport requirements with a mobility package comprising unlimited access to public transport services, limited access to taxi services and a rental car for a specified number of kilometres. This is only one model of a MaaS package and there will be numerous versions made available to business and domestic markets. Service providers will also cater for the transportation of goods so you will be able to have items delivered to you on your MaaS package saving you the need to travel to pick them up.

MaaS is the concept of a distributed transport provision model where all modes of transport required for a journey are provided and coordinated under one central control system. MaaS services/ apps will take care of ticket purchase and payment, journey scheduling and vehicle pooling on the fly. It is intended that MaaS will offer unlimited access to transport, for a set price ensuring a personalised plan tailored to precisely suit a customer’s needs. With MaaS, the complexity and choice permutations of the above will be analysed, optimised and dispensed from one interface.

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MSc by Research Position

MSc by Research Position
Telecommunications Software & Systems Group,
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Closing date for Applicants 30th of September.

Applications are invited for MSc by Research positions with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) ( at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. The start date is currently set for 1st December 2016, however this may be flexible. The candidate will work as a member of the EU H2020 funded COGNET project, comprising TSSG and research groups from European partners including IBM, Telefonica, Franhoufer FOKUS, Interoutes, VicomTech, NOKIA, Polytechnic University of Madrid, University of Trento and Technical University of Berlin.

The candidate will investigate an autonomous solution for policy creation, management, and sharing for the cognitive-based network management architecture that is being developed in the project. The work will take place in close collaboration across with most patterns and dedicated a reasonable amount time in working closely with them.

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Last Call for 2016, Enterprise Ireland’s E5,000 Innovation Voucher

EIvoucherLast Call for 2016, Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher worth E5,000 opens on Wednesday September 7th until 3 pm Wednesday 21st September.

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

Please note that you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.

For more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing


Call for Applicants to apply for EDGE Fellowships

EDGE is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND postdoctoral project and will be recruiting 71 prestigious Fellowships to Ireland over two funding calls in 2016 and 2017. EDGE is a training and development programme of scientific excellence offering a unique combination of disciplines and industry engagement to its Fellows. Leveraging the strengths and assets of three Irish Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) National Research Centres, AMBER, CONNECT and ADAPT, EDGE will form the next generation of thought leaders in ICT. Advanced materials and devices, systems and networks and digital content form the three main pillars of ICT.

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The nature of research is changing from theoretical to practical


Pic. Kriti Bhargava, PhD student at TSSG

There is great work being done in Irish research right now, and research roles are in high demand. But the area can be a little dense, and it’s hard to know what a researcher actually does from day to day.

Here, Kriti Bhargava, a PhD student at TSSG in Waterford, tells us about her daily work in research at the internet of things cutting edge.

What is your role within TSSG?

I am a second year PhD student with the data mining and social computing (DMSC) unit at TSSG. I am pursuing my PhD in the field of fog computing, under the supervision of Dr Stepan Ivanov and Dr Willie Donnelly.

Fog computing is a new paradigm in the internet of things, proposing a shift in intelligence away from the cloud and towards the edge of the network. In particular, we are looking at the analytics techniques that can be developed for the battery-powered wireless sensor devices constituting wireless sensor networks (WSN), and their applications in precision farming.

If there is such a thing, can you describe a typical day in the job?

For carrying out research, one of the major tasks for me is to read scientific papers from IEEE/ACM journals and conferences to uncover research problems. We address the typical needs and challenges in our area and work towards developing new algorithms for them.

Being involved with WSN, and as part of the DMSC unit, I also study different techniques for analysing the variety of data that comes from our sensors. We compile our work in the form of scientific papers that are submitted to different conferences and journals throughout the year.

Additionally, I am currently involved in a project for which I do code development.

What types of project do you work on?

I am currently working on a project titled ‘Using precision technologies, technology platforms and computational biology to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of pasture-based production systems’, which has received support from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and TEAGASC as part of the SFI-TEAGASC Future Agri-Food Partnership.

The team is, in particular, working on three aspects of the project:

1. The development of a universal sensor system to monitor farm conditions, and animal health and mobility.

2. Wireless sensor communication techniques and policy logic.

3. Predictive analytics for data inferencing and forecasting.

What skills do you use on a daily basis?

Programming is a prerequisite for any computer science researcher, as it enables us to develop our own systems.

Apart from that, scientific writing is a major skill required for all researchers – it is one thing to get an idea for work, but to be able to communicate it to the research community in the desired way is a challenge.

Understanding of what kind of analysis is needed for different data and comfort in working with tools for data analysis are also desirable skills.

To read more on Kriti’s interview please visit SiliconRepublic by clicking HERE

Written and published by SiliconRepublic

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