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TSSG at the Science Communication Event, Manchester, England

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On 24th July 2016, TSSG participated in the European Commission’s Science Communication Event at the Town hall, Manchester (U.K.), part of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF). The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.
ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.
The main focus was to highlights the benefits of science communication and better understanding the interests of different communication multipliers such as for example the European Commission, journalists, and big organisations promoting science to the general public. During the event, invited experts explained their views on science communication and particularly why they believe communication is beneficial for researchers, the do’s and don’ts in communication and how to work together.
Representing TSSG, Nakul Wali participated in the event to engage with the Science community, researchers, H2020 project coordinators and other project representatives. The event demonstrated European Commission’s perspectives followed by the perspectives of specialised media, general media, social media and science museums in a very interesting panel discussion. Among the various dignities were Science Editor and journalist from the BBC and Deutsche Welle, scientist, biologist and other experts from the science community. Among the demonstrated EU-funded research projects like LYNCEUS, LYNCEUS2MARKET, SIRG; TSSG highlighted Molecular Communication project – CIRCLE, integrating islands of heterogeneous research activities in a common research framework, facilitating the creation of an EU-wide Molecular Communications (CIRCLE) network and provide a support infrastructure for coordination of research across Europe.
Please contact the Project co-ordinator Dr. Alan Davy for more information and visit, CIRCLE

TSSG explores opportunities for EU-North America collaborations

americaTSSG joins partners in exploring opportunities for EU-North America collaboration in ICT Research & Innovation.

On 8th July the DISCOVERY project, which has TSSG as a partner, held a successful Capacity Building Workshop on EU-North America collaboration in ICT Research & Innovation at the University of Toronto.

This capacity-building workshop is part of the DISCOVERY cycle of workshops to explore and share opportunities for EU-North America collaboration in ICT R&I under EU H2020, Canada and US Programmes. The event was held just after SAVI Annual General Meeting on 6th & 7th July. The workshop was attended by funding agencies, researchers and industry leaders interested in ICT R&I collaborative projects with Europe. It showcased practical knowledge and successful examples of collaboration between North America and EU in the field of ICT, and it combined panel discussions with project ideas generation.

The event gathered high profile keynote speakers from leading Canada and US funding organisations.

Alberto Leon-Garcia from SAVI gave an introduction to open the DISCOVERY workshop, this was then followed by a welcome note delivered by Ted Sargent, Vice President of University of Toronto – International. Then DISCOVERY’s three working groups were presented by their respective chairs Jostein Sundet, NordForsk; Camille Sailer, EACCNJ; and Bríd Walsh, TSSG.

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ITS Irelands’ seminar on Transport Strategy & Trends

blog pic 1TSSG attends Transport Infrastructure Ireland group seminar which was presented by Steve Kanowsky, Chief Economist & General Manager of Strategic Policy, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.

Mr Kanowsky opened the talk with the eyebrow raising revelation that Queensland have actually begun building a mock-up of a town complete with traffic systems within which they will trial test some 500+ Automated Vehicles. In Queensland they look at transport plans in a 30 year context and are heavily invested in the future of ITS. With an annual transport budget just south of 7 billion Australian dollars! (33% of total state budget), Queensland can afford to be selective in the areas of transport it invests in. There is a strong involvement at University level into AV (Automated Vehicle) research and planning and one area under the spotlight yet again is Big Data. Capture and especially real time analysis of transport data is crucial to being able to act on problems as they occur such as traffic accidents and congestion. Incidentally the good folk in Queensland prefer to label these transport headaches a little more positively as …Journey Time Reliability! (JTR)

Interesting points on road safety were discussed and it transpires that an increase of even 1 meter in central divide on main roads results in a significant drop in serious accident outcome. The cost of this central divide increase has been shown to be sufficiently less that the cost to the health system of the alternative. Freight is restricted to one lane, similar to our bus/taxi lane system in Dublin. Interestingly the policing of this has been farmed out to technology partners and freight over 4.5 tons is monitored and tracked by GPS and if any driver moves even slightly off of an allowed network they are punished immediately with the issuing of severe fines.

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Research Unit Manager – AR/VR

Job Title: Research Unit Manager (Ref. No.017758 )

Employer: Waterford Institute of Technology

Department: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) AR/VR Unit TSSG (www.tssg.org)

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required: Degree or MBA in Business Studies or equivalent and minimum of 10 years commercial/research experience.

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The five-minute CIO

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Pic.Jerry Horgan.TSSG Infrastructure Manager

Infrastructure Manager at WIT’s TSSG Jerry Horgan, was interviewed by website Siliconrepublic.com where he discussed Information Technology strategies

The five-minute CIO: Jerry Horgan, TSSG by John Kennedy

“The IT strategy is to move away from being perceived as a cost centre and to be a value centre for the other business units,” said Jerry Horgan, infrastructure manager at Waterford Institute of Technology’s celebrated Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

TSSG is a jewel in Ireland’s R&D crown, establishing the country on the map for breakthroughs in wireless systems and software.

The research arm of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is currently leading the charge in developing internet of things (IoT) technologies in areas such as smart agriculture.

Focused on everything from broadband to 4G and even 5G, it is one of Europe’s foremost research groups focused on the future of communications and how it impacts our world.

The TSSG also has an established pedigree for spinning out highly successful start-ups.

The best example of this has been FeedHenry, which was acquired in 2014 by Red Hat for €63.5m.

Can you outline the breadth and scope of the technology rollout across your organisation and what improvements it will bring to the company?

We’ve recently deployed OpenStack across the organisation. It was 18 months in test and development, with trial versions running for the last six months. We had a lot of work to do on the networking side of things to get satisfactory performance levels and to also leverage the existing network and storage infrastructure that we had.

We have already seen a threefold uptake in the usage of virtual machines, a 60pc reduction in the number of tickets raised, with the majority of new tickets resolvable by either providing access or training, and the mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) dropping from 90 minutes to 30 minutes.

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