Kilkenny Professor Willie Donnelly appointed President of WIT


Pic. Prof. Willie Donnelly, President, W.I.T.

Kilkenny resident Professor Willie Donnelly has been appointed Professor of Waterford Insitute of Technology – and one of his objectives will be working towards a technological university for the South East.

The governing body of WIT appointed Professor Donnelly as the President of the Institute at a meeting on Thursday.

Professor Donnelly who lives in Springfields, Kilkenny with wife Manuelle is originally from Newbridge, Co Kildare. His son Yann was educated in Kilkenny Schools Project and Kilkenny College.

Prior to his 2015 appointment as interim President Professor Donnelly was Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT as well as Director and founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally-renowned mobile services and communications management research centre. He established WIT’s ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in St Kieran’s, Kilkenny and is working with the regional stakeholders to create a global smart agriculture centre for Kilkenny.

Speaking about the appointment, Mr Dick Langford, WIT Chairman, on behalf of the Governing Body welcomed Prof Donnelly’s appointment at what is a critical juncture in the Institute’s evolution.

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Pharma safe waste disposal software to be a game changer

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe - Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe – Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Research at TSSG undertaken with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers brings Waterford firm closer to launching hazardous waste disposal technology

Two entrepreneurial Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduates have driven forward their engineering consultancy by collaborating with researchers at their alma mater.

Founded in 2012, Waterford-based Aphex is the brainwave of co-founders and WIT graduates Waterford native Kevin Walsh (BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science graduate) and Kilkenny man Martin Malone (BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Manufacturing graduate). WIT’s Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) recently collaborated with the company on developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education


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A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of users, the report states.

The study, which compared test performance of students who had learned a stubject via VR versus students who had learned by traditional means, suggests that VR could the secret sauce to learning that teachers have been dreaming about for years.

I can’t vouch for the credibility of the study. It’s unclear whether the companies that sponsored it — Beijing Bluefocus and Beijing iBokan Wisdom Mobile Internet Technology Training Institutions — have a vested interest in the VR space. But we’re hearing similar things from a couple of companies in Europe.

Last week, HTC aired the latest episode of its This is Real series, featuring a visit to the offices of Immersive VR Education, a two-year old startup based in the Viking city of Waterford, Ireland, a 90-minute drive from Dublin. The company makes Engage, a platform that changes the scope, scale, and substance of what distance learning can offer lecturers and students from all around the world when VR is brought into play.

“It’s not just something that’s a bit different. This is a new medium. It’s not what we’ve been traditionally doing,” David Whelan, CEO at Immersive VR Education, says at the start of the episode.

Engage is free, and lecturers and presenters can use it to rally up to 30 users into a single session. It can be used simply as the “PowerPoint for VR,” as a tool for conducting meetings, or for anything, really, that allows users to express and share ideas and collaborate in real time at the depth of digital experience only VR can offer. A teacher reading aloud from a textbook about prehistoric vegetation to a class of 20 can suddenly teleport everyone to a great grassy plain crowded with irate dinosaurs.

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TSSG at the 41st IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)

Pic. Kriti Bhargava, TSSG

Recently, Kriti Bhargava, a PhD student from TSSG, WIT, attended the 41st edition of the IEEE LCN held in Dubai, UAE, from the 7th to 10th of November. IEEE LCN is the premier conference on theoretical and practical aspects of computer networking. It is highly interactive to enable an effective interchange of results and ideas among researchers, users, and product developers. The conference covers varied themes from high-speed networks to the global Internet to specialized sensor networks.

On day 1, LCN hosted parallel sessions for three workshops: SenseApp, WNM and CloudNA. Kriti participated in SenseApp, the Eleventh IEEE International Workshop on Practical Issues in Building Sensor Network Applications. She presented their paper titled ‘Using Edge Analytics to Improve Data Collection in Precision Dairy Farming’. The paper addresses the data collection and communication issues associated with the implementation of WSN in rural dairy farms and evaluates the performance of Edge Mining, a Fog Computing technique, to analyse and reduce raw data on sensor devices within the farm. The approach aims at improving the responsiveness of the sensor system by enabling real-time event detection, while optimizing the use of in-network resources and operational time of WSN.

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TSSG participates in translantic ICT forum workshop

Waterford Institute of Technology’s  TSSG participates in transatlantic ICT forum workshop held in Brussels on 16 -17 November, 2016.

The Transatlantic ICT Forum was established as a platform to support policy debate and provide opinions and recommendations to transatlantic dialogues for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Research & Innovation (R&I) cooperation between Europe and North America.

The Forum focused on three key thematic areas in ICT – funding mechanisms for ICT R&I, ICT policy and regulations, cyber-security composed by European, US and Canada’s experts in the respective subject matters.