Why computer sciences need to embrace VR & AR


TSSG CEO Barry Downes. Image:Conor McCabe

Ireland’s academic landscape need to embrace augmented and virtual reality to meet the future needs of entrepreneurs and industry, according to Barry Downes of TSSG.

Out of all the academic campuses in Ireland, the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has developed an uncanny ability for spotting new trends, spinning out start-ups and achieving undreamed exits.

It seems to have developed a methodology that takes the latest – or future – trends and pulls together students, researchers and entrepreneurs to rise to the next challenge, whether it is in telecoms, gaming or internet of things.

‘Investment in basic science and education in the areas of AR, VR and AI will be crucial’

Masterminding this frenetic activity is Barry Downes, CEO of TSSG.

To get a sense of the pace, Downes is also the founder of FeedHenry, the software company bought by Red Hat for E63.5m.

There are others in the pipeline that could also take the same path.

The shape of what is to come next

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Designing Enabling Economies and Policies (DEEP 2016) conference in Toronto

cropped-DEEP_Discovery_2016_logo2Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG took part in the annual Designing Enabling Economies and Policies (DEEP 2016) conference in Toronto, Canada during 13-14th October, 2016.

The main theme for DEEP 2016 was on Creating Global Ecosystems for Economic Inclusion and International cooperation between EU-US-Canada, with a sub-theme addressing “Our Data: Who owns it, who controls it, what can we do with it?

DEEP 2016 was co-organised with the EU’s H2020 international cooperation project, DISCOVERY, which has WIT as a core partner.

Mr. James Clarke of the TSSG group at WIT participated to the event and took part in two panel sessions on international collaboration and security and privacy aspects related to digital inclusion.

According to Clarke, “the event was organised in a team work fashion with a nice mix of panel sessions based on animated discussions only, without the usual boring PowerPoint presentations, and breakout sessions on various important topics in a think-tank fashion focussing on “how” we could pool our talents to design strategies, plans, collaborative projects, cross-sector initiatives and new disruptive ways to foster more inclusive prosperity, privacy, and life-long learning”.

The DEEP 2016 / DISCOVERY event was held at OCAD University in Toronto, which is known as the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada.

TSSG Present at Agile Tour, Dublin

agiletour_logoFor several years, the Agile Tour has been a way for enthusiasts of Agile to spread the word about Agile practices and to share their experiences, both good and bad, within their local community. Agile Tours came to Dublin on October the 6th 2016, where the event was held at The Chartered Accountants House, Pearse St.

Brendan O’Farrell and Patrice Boleguin from TSSG’s Verification & Validation Unit, presented a talk titled ” Working through the challenges with the adoption and the use of agile in a research and innovation center”.

As TSSG’s research activity is funded throughout a variation of projects. It’s this diversity of projects which has brought challenges in the adoption of agile. The presentation looked at these challenges, and the approach that was taken to overcome them.

Other presentations on the day covered many aspects of agile, including Scrum and Kanban. Presentations included:

● Jonathan Coyle of Murex, a financial software company. He spoke of the difficulties of implementing agile without the development team’s input, the issues it raised and how they intend to rectify them going forward.

○ “The agile Journey – Enhancing delivery with with agile practices.”

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TSSG to present on new way to delivery on NFV, with RINA

The culmination of 2 and half years research work on the TSSG co-ordinated PRISTINE project, will be presented at the upcoming RINA Workshop (12th of October 2016),  which will be an integral part of the SDN World Congress 2016, in The Hague, Netherlands (10 -14 October 2016.

The RINA workshop is an annually organised event, allowing researchers interested in the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) to present their work and discuss advances relating to their research on RINA. The PRISTINE project and the TSSG work on network management has been an intrinsic part in advancing the design and implementation of the innovative internals of the RINA clean-slate architecture. This includes the programmable functions for: supporting congestion control, providing protection/resilience through load balancing, and facilitating more efficient topological routing, and multi-layer management for handling configuration, performance and security.

RINA is a new way of delivering on network function virtualisation (NFV) providing clean:

  • 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.
Miguel Ponce de Leon leading the PRISTINE project on RINA

Miguel Ponce de Leon leading the PRISTINE project on RINA

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TSSG participates in successful event at National Institute of Oceanography at Dona Paula, Goa

James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology ‘s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), recently invited to speak at the EU-India STI cooperation Days 2016 conference, held on Sept 21 & 22 in Goa, India.


EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 at National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India

The event was held at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), within its headquarters at Dona Paula, Goa.  NIO is a premier marine science research institute and one of the 37 constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Organised by the Indigo Policy and Inno Indigo projects, the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 event brought together EU and India based researchers, SMEs and policy makers to discuss the latest policy, research and innovation developments in the field of bio-economy and offer extended networking opportunities.

The conference covered four topics:

  • Sustainable Food Security – research and innovation all along the food chain, from primary production, food processing to healthy and safe foods and diets;
  • Blue Growth –Testing, demonstrating, scaling-up and bringing to the market innovative marine and maritime technologies, products and services, as well as exploring the interactions between the oceans and human health, and strengthening the capability to observe and map oceans and seas basins;
  • Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services – Securing sustainable biomass supply for biobased goods and services and the future development of bio-based markets, for example by promoting stakeholder engagement;
  • Rural Renaissance – Innovation as driver for rural development, with a particular emphasis on developing framework conditions for innovation and new business models adapted to the rural context, and support for skills development in rural communities.
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