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.

For more details, please visit HERE


TSSG and South East BIC urge entrepreneurs to come forward with ideas and bring innovative products to market


Pic. Patrick O Callaghan, TreyBro, Aidan Shine, HBAN, Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG, Niall Olden, Kernel Capital, Ian Mills, TSSG, Dave Whelan, VR Immersive Education, Michael Maddock, CEO, South East BIC

BUDDING entrepreneurs with technology project ideas which could revolutionise the world are being encouraged to reach out for support from local experts that can bring them to market in the shortest possible timeframe.

The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has all the necessary expertise needed to help technology entrepreneurs and working in partnership with  South East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and others, it has completed over 110 direct projects for start-ups all over Ireland over the past three years, according to TSSG CEO, Barry Downes.

Addressing the ‘Driving Business Forward’ workshop is co-hosted by the TSSG and South East BIC at Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, Downes said: “The TSSG is very much open for business and we can leverage our technological expertise to help business. Working with South East BIC, innovators now have access to a very broad range of expertise and support on their doorstep.

“If a tech innovator has an idea and the need a product delivered within 18 months they really should be talking to our technology gateway. We can deliver leading edge, Silicon Valley-grade support and Silicon Valley grade work at cost through a whole range of supports.

“The next call for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers is May 4 and we would strongly encourage tech entrepreneurs to look into the funding support scheme and note that date,” he said.

Addressing the session, WIT President and TSSG founder, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The South East is an extraordinary area of intellect and innovation. Working collectively we will make sure South East is right up there as one of the leading regions not just in Ireland but across Europe.”

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Waterford-based entrepreneur’s ‘Digital Test Tube’ selected for EU event


The winner of the eDIGIREGION call for ‘Innovative ICT Concepts’ is Daniel Thewlis. He will now represent the South-East Ireland region at an international two-day workshop to be held in Bucharest, Romania.

The call for concepts was organised by the Waterford Institute of Technology- coordinated, EU-funded eDIGIREGION project (

Daniel presented his concept ‘Digital Test Tube’ at the recent TSSG/South East BIC Business & Industry Workshop held in Kilkenny on 19April. The concept was adjudicated on by a panel of experts drawn from Enterprise Ireland, Kernel Capital, Waterford Institute of Technology and South East Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee.

In a three-minute pitch, Daniel outlined his idea to provide a software solution targeted at solving issues experienced by scientists performing PCR testing in laboratories around the world.

Based in Waterford, Daniel is a past pupil of The Abbey Community College in Ferrybank and recently graduated with a BSc in Genetics & Cell Biology from Dublin City University. Daniel is currently participating on the Enterprise Ireland (EI) New Frontiers programme at Waterford Institute of Technology’s ArcLabs incubation hub, which recently announced plans for a €2.5m expansion.

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Enterprise Ireland E5,000 Innovation Voucher Call

TSSG are pleased to announce Enterprise Ireland Innovation voucher application opens on Wednesday May 4th until  3 pm Wednesday 18th May.

The Enterprise Ireland innovation voucher was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses encouraging work with Irish research institutes.   Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new and improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge and know-how.  The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, the evolution of its strategic research and development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.

EIvoucherVouchers  are worth E5,000 each and are available to assist any registered limited company to explore business opportunities or problems. The knowledge gained from such a project may be used to solve business problems or to innovate a product, process or service.   Companies that have work with TSSG over the years as part of Enterprise Ireland innovation voucher include RedSquared, WeddingDates and Musinc Ltd.

For further information on innovation vouchers please click HERE 

Squaring the CIRCLE at Cambridge: 1st Workshop on Molecular Communications

CircleDr. Alan Davy, Research Unit Manager, Emerging Networks Lab, TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, recently organised the 1st Workshop on Molecular Communications at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK on April 11th and 12th 2016.

The event saw 37 of the highest respected scientists in the field of molecular communications come together to discuss this emerging field of study. Molecular Communications is the use of molecules to exchange information between biological and non-biological entities at the nanoscale. IEEE named it in the top ten hot topics in communications technology in 2015

When we talk about nanoscale, think of how every living cell within the human body communicates information between each other to regulate behaviour. Cells use the exchange of molecules such as Calcium to communicate between each other. In the future man-made nanoscale machines will use molecular communications much in the same way cells do, to communicate and coordinate tasks. These machines can operate within the human body to perform various tasks, such as precision drug delivery, auto immune system support, cancer cell detection and removal, to name a few.

Dr. Davy and the community of researchers involved are working hard to understand how scientists can research and develop this technology for future applications. The EU Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technology project CIRCLE, which aims to coordinate European research on molecular communications, sponsored the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to firstly identify education opportunities for young researchers wishing to study this discipline, secondly discuss a research roadmap for the community to focus on the most important questions to be resolved and finally discuss how industry can get involved in the research.

For further information about the CIRCLE project, please click HERE or Dr. Alan Davy, please click HERE

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