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Industry, government and academics to promote sustained regional economic development models

Free eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference at WIT Arena March 8 and 9

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Pic. Prof. Bill O Gorman, W.I.T

INDUSTRY leaders, academics and government agencies who’ve developed an international model of best practice to stimulate critically-needed regional development across Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania, are to present their findings and debate ways of sustaining such cross-agency co-operation and growth at a free conference which is spearheaded by Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT.

The international event at the WIT Arena on March 8 and 9, will be of particular interest to those involved in sectors such as agriculture and digital media, pharmaceutical, medtech, advanced manufacturing as well as ICT in tourism, the organisers say.

The eDIGIREGION ‘Sustaining Regional Innovation and Growth Through Partnership’ conference includes workshops, networking opportunities, briefings and inspiring addresses from partners in the highly-regarded EU programme which is being led by WIT. A recent ICT brokerage event run by the partners in Dublin, drew support from IDA Ireland as well as major industry leaders which included Microsoft and Fujitsu.

Organiser, Prof. Bill O’Gorman of WIT, said a panel of influential international speakers and partners in the highly-successful FP7-funded initiative will share their regions’ experiences of stimulating regional innovation and developing regional partnership models. Delegates will also hear about the implementation of the South East Action Plan for Jobs and from those targeting the growth of specific industry sectors in the region. The free conference also explores how industry and research institutions can better collaborate to deliver innovation that meets industry needs, he said.

“WIT is at the forefront of regional development and developing a long-term, sustainable environment where regions will prosper and thrive. We have delivered on our goals in eDIGIREGION and this has been well recognised from an EU perspective.

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IEEE Young Entrepreneurs Open Day, Dublin 2017.

WO-IEEE-Young-Entrepreneurs-01Daniel Martins, PhD student from TSSG, WIT, was on the organising committee of  IEEE Young Professional Entrepreneurs Open Day Dublin 2017. This event was the first in Ireland, focused in supporting and preparing the students and Young Professionals for facing a challenging world with less work opportunities and a urge need of continuous professional development.

The IEEE Young Professional Entrepreneurs Open Day Dublin 2017 was held on 25 February 2017 in University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and had a good turnout with about 70 attendees, speakers and volunteers. The event was a good opportunity to network, share experiences and to know more about all the tools available and agencies in Ireland that can support the Young Entrepreneurs to start or grow their business.

The program included the following presentations such as, Engineering Solutions in Antarctica by Danny McFadden, New Ventures and Opportunities in Startups by Mary Cronin, Making your Career Artificial Intelligence Proof by Kevin Koidl, Startup Opportunities in Ireland by Andrew Parish, Introduction to IEEE Services for Students and Young Professional Members across UK and Ireland, Reach New Costumers Online and Grow Your Business with Google Analytics by Google and Making your Startup Resilient by David Craig

Currently, Daniel Martins is one of the Republic of Ireland Reps for the IEEE UK & Ireland Section Young Professionals Affinity Group.

TSSG/WIT delegation in Mumbai, India.

 

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology - TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Nolan, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project, which is coordinated by Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group, was featured during the Education Ireland Fair taking place around a number of cities in India and was presented to a Delegation from Ireland, when they arrived to Mumbai, India on 21stFebruary, 2017. The Irish delegation included Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Irish Government, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland in India (based in New Delhi), Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland, and Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Department, Engineering Technologies, Waterford IT.

 

The Irish delegation were highly impressed with the presentation of the EU-India FI-Media project, especially in the approach on insisting the clusters have both research and innovation as well as industry actors on board. They were also impressed in the selection of clustering themes around prioritized  topics of importance to Ireland like smart cities/villages, Smart Agriculture and Internet of Things and linkages to H2020 and I2020 and they have specifically requested to follow up with us when back in Ireland. The Irish ambassador has also asked for the India partners to come visit him in New Delhi to discuss the project in more depth. In the question and answers session, we further discussed some approaches towards funding across the knowledge triangle (research and innovation (R&I), industry and society) and the gaps and barriers that currently exist within Irish and EU programmes, and how it is being addressed in Indian R&I programmes.

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Irish-designed software is a game changer for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste

Aphex-chemical-wasteKevin Walsh’s research carried at Waterford Institute of Technology has led to engineering consultancy Aphex developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry

The aim of this literature review is to critically examine current practices within the pharmaceutical/chemical industry regarding handling transportation and disposal of chemical waste generated. Despite rules and regulations for their use, storage and transportation, hazardous chemicals may be involved in industrial and transportation incidents at anytime and anywhere (Chen et al, 1997).

This raises the question of whether or not regulations and directives are effective tools in preventing chemical accidents from occurring. Also, what consequences could hazardous chemicals have on the environment if such incidents were to transpire?

Additionally, what type of impact do regulations and directives have on generators of hazardous chemical waste? What authority is responsible for ensuring compliance? What are the consequences of being non-compliant? Regulations and directives are put in place to safeguard human, animal and environmental health. The Environmental Protection Agency, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and European Union are the competent authorities for certifying that generators of such waste are held accountable for their actions.

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5G: Is latest technological revolution already a missed opportunity?

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The perceived need for speed is pulling 5G away from its game-changing promises

Barcelona is the capital of the tech world as policy makers, technologists and analysts descend on the Catalan capital for the Mobile World Congress. 5G (fifth-generation wireless), the successor to 4G LTE, is again a major theme as companies showcase their latest technology and panellists discuss 5G’s potential economic value.

While it’s clear that technical progress is being made, there is also a problem: the seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G. This quest for speed is influencing much of the research and development.

5G is supposed to be about more than speed. It is supposed to be a game-changer, a “network of networks” capable of facilitating the internet of things revolution and supporting a myriad of new applications, such as self-driving cars.

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