TSSG shaping the future of EU-Brazil co-operation on cloud computing.

 TSSG amongst experts to shape future of EU-Brazil co-operation on cloud computing, Big Data and IoT at events being held in Porte Alegre, Brazil.

eubrasilcloudforum WCN_CSBCThe EUBrasilCloudFORUM  project, which has Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group as a partner, organized an interesting EU-Brazil (EUBR) workshop and conference held on 6-7th July, as part of the much larger annual Conference of the Brazilian Computing Society (CSBC 2016) event in Porte Alegre, Brazil over the last days.

On 6th July, 2016, the first edition of Workshop on Cloud Networks – WCN 2016 was held, bringing  together well-experienced researchers, engineers, and practitioners from academia, industry and government to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art research in the emerging area of cloud-based networks and applications.

Policy makers and thought leaders from Brazil and Europe will be on hand to set out their mutually agreed priorities moving forward. Key players from Brazil include Priscila Solis Barreto, Professor at University of Brasília, Wanderson Paim de Jesus, R&D Project Manager at RNP (the Brazilian Research and Education Network), Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, President of the Brazilian Computing Society, (SBC),and Maximiliano Martinhão, SEPIN Secretary at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. Representing Europe will be Augusto Alburquerquefrom the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil.

James Clarke, the WIT participant to EUBrasilCloudForum in attendance, was a co-chair with Professor Moacyr Martucci Jr. from the Department of Engineering and Digital Systems of Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo, in a session entitled Working Group on future scenarios and research challenges.

The project uses the concept of Working Groups (WGs) that will support the project’s efforts in collecting information from the wider expert communities in EUBR activities related to cloud computing, including security aspects. The objectives of the WGs were presented:

Objective 1. To define a research roadmap for future WPs/Calls;

Objective 2. To provide expert information for Policy Dialogue workshops;

Objective 3. To form into a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Cloud Computing for SBC;

Objective 4. To promote the EUBR projects results together in a collective and louder voice.


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TSSG presents at mHealth Conference 2016

Denise Manton (Research Unit Manager, Mobile Services) attended the international mHealth conference in Galway,  June 16th.

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Pic. Denise Manton with fellow speakers & committee members at the mHealth Conference

The conference hosted by the mHealth Research Group proved to be a great success, drawing leading academic researchers and industry members from multiple disciplines to come together to present various aspects of their mHealth evidence based research and case studies. An impressive line-up of speakers included Professor Sean Mackey and Dr. Beth Darnall (Stanford), Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Associate Professor, University of Toronto), Professor Susan Michie (University College London), Avril Copeland (Tickerfit), Eamonn Costello (patientMpower), Dr. Felix Naughton (University of Cambridge), Professor David French (The University of Manchester), Dr. Leanne Morrisson (University of Southampton), Dr. Conor Linehan (UCC), Angeline Traynor (NUIG), and Jim Gregg (The Irish Computer Society).

Denise presented on mHealth from a technology perspective, and how the role of technology and TSSG can help meet mHealth expectations. This topic proved to be a good complement between other keynote speakers focussing on behavioural science studies carried out specifically in mHealth areas.

The broad area of mHealth can have a direct impact on how we live and how we both prevent and fight disease. TSSG is proud to be paving the way for creating innovative and safe mHealth software that will ultimately contribute to better health outcomes.

Listen to Denise present at mHealth


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NakulWali & SeanLyons at Digital Ocean, Galway

pic. Nakul Wali, TSSG & Sean Lyons, TSSG

TSSG at Digital Ocean Conference, Galway
On 30th June 2016, TSSG participated in ‘The Digital Ocean Conference: a pathway for developing Ireland’s blue economy’ held at the Meyrick Hotel, Galway. The event is an initiative led by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, Marine Institute, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Irish Marine Development Office in association with SmartBay Ireland.
‘The Digital Ocean: a pathway for developing Ireland’s blue economy’ seeks to promote Ireland’s digital ocean opportunity highlighting how technology companies can drive new forms of innovation in the blue economy using Ireland as a test-bed with its significant marine resource, world-class expertise and infrastructure. The event will feature insights from a number of companies from the technology sector and will also showcase national infrastructure and expertise that are supporting the growth of Ireland’s reputation as a compelling location to do business in the sector.

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Campus Party in Utrecht, Netherlands is festival of innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship

Nakul_480_386_75Nakul Wali represented Waterford institute of Technology and TSSG at an all-expenses paid trip to a tech festival in the Netherlands recently through the European Commission funded Face Entrepreneurship project. The TSSG software research engineer won the trip for being the most active and highest rated on the FACE Entrepreneurship community platform.

FACE Entrepreneurship is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of the H2020 Programme that aims to provide ICT entrepreneurship among young Europeans and to challenge the concept of failure through the understanding and confrontation of the most common fears entrepreneurs face.

Nakul, who has worked at TSSG since completing a MSc in Computing at WIT in 2014 attended theCampus Party in Utrecht, Netherlands one of the world’s greatest technological event bringing in young geeks and aspiring entrepreneurs in a festival of innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship.

The event gave him a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with few start-ups founders to share their experiences and offer insightful advice for Europe’s future entrepreneurs. Not only that, there were 160 renown speakers, chats , workshops, contests, networking sessions and dozens of interesting exhibits at the Campus party Netherlands. 



Co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project, Mr Jim Clarke

Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG invited to make a presentation at the annual EU-India Joint ICT Working Group meeting in the European Commission premises in Brusssels on June 13-14.

The overall theme of the EU-India policy dialogue working meetings was “Linking Digital India and the Digital Single Market for Europe”.

James Clarke, co-ordinator of the EU – INDIA Co-operation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project ( EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project), a project funded by the EU Delegation of the European Union to India in New Delhi, India, was invited to present the status of the project after its first successful year in operation.

The main purpose of the 4 year EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project is to facilitate the building of cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships between India and the EU in areas related to Future Internet and Electronic Media, Mr. Clarke presented the successful establishment of two C2C partnerships:

1. Smart Villages Ecosystems, (C2C event held Dec. ’15); and

2. Bringing EU’s FIWARE programme to India, in areas related to Smart cities, including Smart villages,(C2C event held Jan. ’16).

As presented at the meetings, the results of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project were found to be well in synchronisation with both the EU and India priorities, which include topics in relation to Internet of Things (IoT), Smart cities, including Smart Villages, and 5G.

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