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THE FUTURE OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES IN EUROPE LOOKS PROMISING WITH RESEARCH FROM CENTRES SUCH AS TSSG.

Empty cockpit of autonomous car, HUD(Head Up Display) and digital speedometer. self-driving vehicle.

The Irish Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) Research Showcase took place in Killarney on the 2nd May 2018. The CAV seminar included speakers from both academia and private sectors showcasing the projects they are actively involved in to grow the autonomous vehicle industry. TSSG of Waterford Institute of Technology was in attendance and Frances Cleary, a Research Unit Manager at TSSG, actively participated as a speaker at the event providing an overview of the Applied IOT Cluster and also giving an insight into current active projects the TSSG have in this CAV domain.

The A-IoT Cluster is a consortium of five of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways, providing a single point of contact for companies looking to access technical capabilities for Internet of Things (IoT) research and development. Via the cluster, industry can connect with 300 research professionals in software, hardware, communications/networks, data analytics, control, UI/UX and trialling. The A-IoT Cluster is open to all companies, of any size, nationally and internationally. TSSG actively leads one of three Gateway’s in Waterford Institute of Technology which is part of the AIoT Cluster.

Ms. Cleary went on to give an insight into the TransSec EU H2020 project, where TSSG participate and bring their expertise and actively lead tasks relating to V2X communications and Risk communication. TransSec project focuses on the use of autonomous emergency vehicle manoeuvring and monitoring for road transport security. Ms. Cleary also gave an insight into the GreeNway project (Advanced GPS algorithm for triggering the traffic lights to bypass emergency vehicles) and an insight into the Brain to vehicle communications project underway within the TSSG MEPS unit, focusing on leveraging EEG mind control and assessing signal processing, control and reaction levels.

The CAV event was followed by the Electronomous International Conference with an Irish context bringing together top experts in the field of Electric Vehicles, Connected Car Technology, ADAS, Cyber Security and Autonomous Vehicles. Now in its second year, Electronomous International Conference has become a key Industry event and provides a unique glimpse at how technology will affect the Automotive Industry, Insurance industry, Car Finance Industry, Car Sales and Motoring into the future. Discussions surrounding security and safety were the focus of these events along with a very interesting and insightful presentation from Erik Lorentzen from Norwegian EV Success; Norway are currently leading the charge in electric/hybrid vehicles with 200,000 on the roads compared to 5,000 in Ireland.

Watch this space as we announce more research break-through’s in the areas of autonomous vehicle and anti-terrorism.

 

Experienced UX Designer / Developer (Ref: 020339)

Job Title: Experienced UX Designer/Developer 

Department: Creative Development Unit (CDU), TSSG (www.tssg.org)
Commencement Date:
Immediately
Location:
TSSG, Carriganore
Salary: €31,310 – €51,510 per annum

Closing Date: 16.00 on Thursday 17th May 2018

Minimum Requirement: BSc. in Multimedia Applications Development (or equivalent)

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Tech transfer leading to prestigious interoperability leadership award

Over the past year the TSSG having been collaborating with the Smart Networks team of ESB, on part of a standardised approach to data modelling and data architecture for the energy utility. This is research to find the best way for data management to help maximise renewable energy integration and electrification within the utilitys’ overall system infrastructure.

It has been a great pleasure to find that ESB Networks have been recently presented a prestigious EPRI PDU Technology Transfer Award for Leadership in Integration. EPRI have noted that ESB Networks are THE leaders in perusal of a standardised approach to organisational architecture and data models, and are a utility paving the way for defining the future of data management within utilities.

No Reproduction fee ESB Networks Award. Photo: John Sheehan

Left to right: Paul Hayes, Smart Networks, Systems & Sustainability, ESB Networks; Miguel Ponce de Leon, Chief Architect, TSSG; Jonathan Sandham, Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks .

The ESB Smart Networks team have been gracious to acknowledge the TSSG’s part in this work, noting the huge effort from the whole team but in particular, David, Micheal and Miguel. Watch this space there’s more to come in the year.

Senior Software Developer (Ref. No. 020259)

Job Title:  Senior Software Developer (Ref. No. 020259)

Department: TSSG (www.tssg.org)
Location: Waterford
Salary:  €46K – €61K PA
Commencement Date: Immediately
Minimum Qualification Required: BSc in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or Similar

Description
TSSG is subdivided into multiple Research Units and we are currently recruiting for Senior Software Developers to work across a range of projects.  Each Research Unit is focused on a fundamental ICT research area and investigates analytical methods of applications that require elements of communication software.

The diversity of application-based Research Units in TSSG is due to an ethos that allows any individuals to pursue research in any area that is within their interest, which in turn allows us stay competitive with the evolving development of global ICT competition and is embedded into the various infrastructures that evolves our lives (e.g., transport, energy, healthcare, financial systems).

If you are interested in working in a unique research organisation within the higher education sector, TSSG offers a culture that promotes autonomy and the pursuit of individual interests and ideas. We’re excited about opportunities that will create new technologies, advance existing ones and we will actively support the commercialisation process of these technologies. This provides you with the opportunity to explore your own creativity and work on cutting edge technologies across a variety of challenging projects, engaging and collaborating with like-minded people. TSSG ultimately offers flexibility in a great working environment for those looking to embark on a challenge.

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TSSG participate in Brazil Ireland Research event

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Waterford Institute of Technology participate in a two city mission on Brazil Ireland research and education opportunities and EU-Brazil collaboration project final review

James Clarke of the TSSG of Waterford Institute of Technology attended the Brazil Ireland Research Event in Rio de Janeiro on 12 – 13th April, 2018. The event was co-sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, Irish Universities Association, Irish Research Council, Technological Higher Education Association and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This event was a follow-up event to the successful 1st Brazil-Ireland Research Week event hosted at Dublin Castle in 2015, organised by the Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) programme (funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the International Strategic Cooperation Award – SFI ISCA) in which WIT were a core partner.

The theme of Brazil Ireland Research event was “Building a Shared Future through Education & Research Excellence” covering four thematic areas: Health/Bioscience/Pharmacy/Neuroscience, Humanities/Social Science/Education, Agri-food/Environment/Marine Science, and Engineering/Energy/ICT/Maths.

The timing of this event is very important as the Brazilian agency Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) has launched the CAPES / PrInt programme, which will provide Brazil Reals R$300 million annually to support institutional projects for internationalisation. CAPES / Print will focus mainly on the internationalisation of Brazilian postgraduate programmes through partnerships with higher education institutions (HEIs) in a range of priority countries listed by the agency, of which Ireland is one. There is also a strong wish from the Brazilian authorities, articulated by Secretary Alvaro Prata, Ministry for Science and Technology, during his visit to Ireland in October, 2017, to learn from Ireland’s experience in building higher education – industry engagement.

Waterford Institute of Technology has built a strong relationship with Brazil in the field of research and innovation in a number of different areas of ICT, including Internet of Things, cloud computing and cybersecurity. This relationship has built up over nearly a decade with involvement in the EU’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) BIC project that ran from 2011 to 2013, in which James Clarke of WIT was the coordinator, SFI’s Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) programme and with the awarding of an EU-Brazil Horizon 2020 project entitled EUBrasilCloudFORUM, which will be described in more detail later.

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