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RTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology announce joint funding of research projects

WIT has expertise mobile technology, engineering, and information technology, areas which are relevant to the development of the future broadcasting industry

ArclabsRTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have today announced a two-year agreement to jointly fund a research project of significance to the Waterford area which will inform both RTÉ’s and WIT’s work in the region.

The announcement of the joint research programme was made following an RTÉ Board meeting held at Carriganore House on WIT’s West Campus, which is also the location of the RTÉ South-East Regional studios. WIT’s West Campus is also home to the NRCI and TSSG research centres and incubation hub, Arclabs.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Bakhurst, Acting Director-General, RTÉ said, “This announcement represents a further development of our partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and supports our shared aim of serving the community, following the opening of regional studios on campus two years ago. Research plays an important role in helping RTÉ understand how we can make an even greater positive impact on Irish life and continue to meet the needs of our audiences throughout the country.”

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RTÉ and WIT join forces for south-east research projects

Waterford-718x523Waterford Institute of technology (WIT) is teaming up with state broadcaster RTÉ to run a number of research projects in the region.

WIT and RTÉ will provide funding for a number of research programmes “of mutual interest” that will directly impact on broadcasting capabilities in the region.

The Irish language will be a focus, as one area of research will be multilingual broadcasting, while other areas, such as new technologies and how they impact on broadcasting and audiences, will also be included.

It’s a two-year plan, with the president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, saying the institution was “delighted” to be part of the initiative, adding that the south-east is well positioned to lead this area of broadcast research.

Noting industry research in the areas of mobile technology and engineering and IT, Donnelly said WIT’s expertise should be put to good use.

“[It] makes the fit between RTÉ — which has great and positive ambitions in this region — and WIT a very good one,” he said.

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TSSG at TechConnect Live 2016

On May 25th TSSG attended one of the largest Tech events of the year, TechConnect Live at the RDS Dublin which was made up of key decision makers from the Irish and international tech sector along with start-ups and investors.

Throughout the day there was over 200 talks from leading global and Irish investors, technology companies and corporations with 3 presenters representing TSSG, who included Dr. Steven Davy, PAS Research ,Unit Manager presenting “Accelerating the connected society through Internet of Things (IoT), Denise Manton, Mobile Services Research Unit Manager, presenting m-Health and Christine O Meara, Commercialisation Specialist, TSSG presenting Wizeoni, The Connected Self, making the Internet of Things work with sensitive data.

The day offered participants a unique opportunity to interact with start-ups, active investors, as well as senior executive such as Founders, MD’s CIOs, CTO’s, marketing directors etc. from the largest most innovative and disruptive companies in the world.

Following are Steven and Denise’s talks from TechConnect Live

Dr. Steven Davy, Accelerating the connected society through Internet of Things (IoT)

Denise Manton – mHealth

TSSG’s Horizon 2020 Proposals include Logos designed by WIT Students

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Pic. Keith Flynn; Eric Robson, Research Unit Manager, Data Mining & Social Computing, TSSG; Nathan Burke; Milada Bellova; Leon Murphy; Niamh O’Mahony, Creative Development Unit, TSSG;
Dr. Ethel Claffey, Lecturer in Marketing, WIT.

Driven by Dr. Ethel Claffey, Marketing Lecturer, School of Business, WIT, the objective of this year’s project was to place students in a realistic business setting in order to measure their business skills relevant to the design industry. This gave students a taste of real-world company engagement and the opportunity to interact with multiple research units in TSSG in a professional context, with outcomes that could see their final designs placed on European projects. The competition involved interpreting a complex research brief, developing a design, and pitching a logo for a specific market and technology. The final project outputs were reviewed by members of TSSG’s Creative Development Unit, Data Mining & Social Computing, and Mobile Services Research Units.

Kevin Doolin, COO, Director EU Programmes, at TSSG felt that the impact of strong logos along with the high quality of research propositions could aid proposals in standing out amongst heavy competition from throughout Europe. He went on to say, “Over the past three years of this competition, logos developed by the student cohort from this course ended up being selected and used in some of our fund-winning proposals. This not only provides support to the ongoing work in TSSG, but also provides students with much needed experience of interpreting and understanding a research brief and stamping their personalities on it in a commercial setting”.

Dr Ethel Claffey said “The competition has given the students the opportunity to deal with real customers, enabling them to gain professional experience. This is a highly engaging process in which students engage with multiple senior staff members from TSSG. The students can take this experience with them outside of academia”.

This year’s overall winning team included Leon Murphy, Nathan Burke, Milada Bellova and Keith Flynn. Leon Murphy said “We were delighted to get the opportunity to learn and gain experience working with a real company over a set period of time. The experience we gained from this live project enabled us to learn and develop practical, commercially applicable skills”.

TSSG at the 8th IFIP Wireless Days conference, Toulouse, France

Kriti photoThe 8th edition of IFIP Wireless Days conference was held from March 23rd to 25th, 2016 in Toulouse, France. The conference aimed to bring together researchers, technologists and visionaries from academia, research centres and industry, engineers and students to exchange, discuss, and share their experiences, ideas and research results about theoretical and practical aspects of wireless networking.

Representing TSSG, Kriti Bhargava participated in the conference and presented their paper titled “Collaborative Edge Mining for Predicting Heat Stress in Cattle”, later published in the conference proceedings. The paper discusses a fog computing approach for performing data mining tasks on wireless sensor devices in order to predict significant events in near-real time. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated in the context of a precision farming application for Heat Stress prediction in dairy cattle. The approach is shown to outperform the existing sensor analytics techniques and is primarily beneficial in latency-sensitive scenarios.

The program was split into 7 conference tracks including Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, Vehicular and Delay Tolerant Networks, 5G and Beyond, Wireless Security and Wireless Communications. A total of 15 sessions, including 3 poster sessions, were held across the 3 day period for authors to present their accepted work. The program also included keynote speeches by Clément Dudal titled “Philae, are you talking to me?”, Stefano Basagni titled “Beyond Duty Cycling: How to Wake-up Radio Technology”, and Ram Ramanathan titled “Scalable Multi-Hop Wireless Networks”. Further, a welcome reception was held for all participants in the city Capitol on the 23rd evening while an Airbus tour and gala dinner was organized on the evening of 24th March.

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