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TSSG attends AALForum, Ghent, Belgium.

AALForum image #2-1This year the AALForum was held in Ghent, Belgium from September 22nd – 24th and Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) were in attendance. Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) is the use of ICT to enable independent living through the use of products and services to better the lives and functional capability of older adults, promoting a healthier lifestyle as well as supporting their carers, families and care organizations. In order to facilitate this, the AAL programme was set up to fund projects through a public-private partnership model in the field of ICT for active and healthy ageing and it is co-financed by the European Commission – under the Horizon 2020 umbrella, with the funding coming from the national funding bodies.

Each year the AAL Programme holds a forum (AALForum) which provides a platform for all involved in AAL projects to showcase their work to the community stakeholders. These stakeholders include policy makers, ICT developers, manufacturers, health professionals, commissioners, businesses, venture companies, technologists, academics, designers, carers and user groups of older adults. The main objectives for this forum are to exhibit and demonstrate existing or developing ICT solutions, promote networking within the community and provide an environment that provokes debate and discussion on various topics.

During the week, TSSG met with colleagues of an AAL project that they are partners in, INSPIRATION and also prospective future collaborators. The INSPIRATION project has been set up to inspire older adults, through a mobile application, to live a healthier active life by staying physically and mentally fit.  INSPIRATION will provide daily health and activity tips to promote recurring movement and exercises.  With access to similar project ideas and likeminded researchers the AAL Forum provides the perfect environment to foster collaboration and idea generation.

The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Aspirations in active ageing. Engaging people, services and technology’, and over the three-day event, there was an interesting and varied program of plenary sessions, informative sessions, round-table workshop events and project or product demonstrations, as well as a brainstorming/hackathon event based around the theme of how ICT or gaming can optimize elderly care.

Stephen Johnston (Co-founder Aging 2.0) gave the keynote for the conference and spoke about new emerging technologies in this area, comparing the progression of technologies for the ageing in the USA against Europe, and the differences in funding approaches taken. Some of the key messages to be taken from this session are around the fact that we are the aged of the future, and it is important that we see it like this and need to start investing in our own future.

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Aquaculture at centre of next wave of big data learning

Dr. Steven Davy, Research Unit Manager, TSSG

Pic. Dr. Steven Davy, Research Unit Manager, TSSG

Fish and finance may seem miles apart, but an upcoming security research conference will hear how big data findings in the aquaculture industry can be used in finance and manufacturing.

Big data is one of the themes at the European Security Research event – The Next Wave, a three-day conference.

The conference links up European security research with the community of First Responders in emergency and crisis management, cyber-security, experts in Big Data, international organisations, academic, standardisation and policy makers.

Dr Steven Davy, TSSG will present ‘Lessons Learned: Experiences in other Sectors’, based on learnings with Big Data from the aquaculture perspective.

AquaSmart is a €3.1m project he is involved in that is helping fish farms transform captured data into knowledge. Through Aquasmart Irish tech experts have joined industry and research partners across the EU and Israel on a pooled research and technology project which is set to boost production and jobs in the global fish farm industry, without harming the environment.

Dr Davy says “The opportunity to present findings from the project AquaSmart goes someway to show that Big Data commerce can be transported into any industry, it is not just unique to the aquamarine industry, but instead can findings/learnings can be used in other fields such as agriculture, finance, health and manufacturing.”

ESR Dublin 2015, takes place at Malahide, Co Dublin from 4-6 November 2015

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The mind behind the world’s first internet of things degree

Waterford Institute of Technology has kicked off the world’s first internet of things degree designed specifically for computer science students. Silicon Republic spoke to course leader Eamonn de Leaster.

The first thing to note about the degree is that it embodies a fusion of skills previously seen as separate, in particular programming and the world of analogue electronics. Waterford Institute of Technology is home to the prestigious TSSG which has spun-out successful tech companies including Feed Henry which was acquired by Red Hat last year for €63.5m.

The programme will explore the software and devices that are transforming the way we live, work and interact. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a new type of Software Professional.

They will possess an in-depth understanding of how connected devices can interoperate with mobile and cloud applications to deliver new categories of product and services.

According to de Leaster a major change is underway and students with a precise understanding of software, hardware and communications will have the edge.

 

“We’re big fans of Moore’s Law here and the doubling of the density of transistors every two years, but we’ve also seen a collapse in the price of chips and at the same time an incredible increase in the power of computer equipment and non-traditional equipment proliferating in a whole range of industries like home automation and agriculture.”

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Prof Willie Donnelly Number 5 on the IoT movers and Shakers List

Willie_webAs part of Siliconrepublic.com’s IoT Makers Week, editor John Kennedy has rounded up the movers, shakers and makers to watch in the emerging Internet of Things space.

WIT’s President, Prof Willie Donnelly, comes in at number 5 of the 25 Irish and Ireland-based leaders, scientists and technologists who are putting the country on the global map in terms of the internet of things (IoT) revolution.

Here’s what Silicon Republic had to say about Prof Donnelly’s influence on one of the most important movements in information technology in recent times:

“From Ireland’s southeast to the world, the influence of Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG research engine is unparalleled.

In about a decade, the TSSG under Prof Willie Donnelly’s leadership has grown to spin out 10 direct companies that have created 600 jobs in the region. The research group was also the home of FeedHenry, the software company acquired last year by Red Hat for €63.5m, one of the largest acquisitions of an Irish campus company to date.”

The full list includes other eminent academics including Prof Brian MacCraith from DCU at number 3; Dr Dirk Pesch from the Nimbus Centre (CIT) at number 7; the Tyndall National Institute’s Dr Kieran Drain comes in at 12; TCD’s Prof Linda Doyle, Connect (TCD) is at 14; 15th place is held by Prof Brian Caulfield from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (UCD); NUIG’s Dr Martin Serrano is at 22; Brian Cahill from the Nimbus Centre (CIT) is at 23 and  Prof Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University holds the 24th spot.

Read the full Silicon Republic article

For the full list, visit Ireland’s foremost technology website at Silicon Republic.

EU-wide CIRCLE project to be launched at Nancoom conference

CIRCLE’s coordinator, Dr Alan Davy of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland.

CIRCLE’s coordinator, Dr Alan Davy of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland.

AN EXPERT team which will spend the next two years coordinating research activities across Europe in the emerging field of molecular communications to create an EU-wide Molecular Communications (CIRCLE) network, are launching their project to a global audience of their peers at the ACM Nancoom conference.

The CIRCLE project team will also provide a support infrastructure for coordination of research in the emerging communications area across Europe, they will tell the Boston conference which brings together global experts in the field for a major, two day event.

The Irish-lead project is financed under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as part of the highly competitive Future and Emerging Technology (FETOpen) funding scheme.

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