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Sustainability Summit held at Aviva Stadium

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The 2015 National Sustainability Summit was held on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium

The theme of this year’s Sustainability Summit was ‘Securing Ireland’s Future’ with a focus on sustainable production for our agri-food sector

Despite a certain well-known gathering of the global tech industry attracting the majority of the attention this week, another significant albeit smaller summit was also taking place in Dublin.

The 2015 National Sustainability Summit was held on Tuesday at the Aviva Stadium and attracted a strong attendance in its own right. According to the organisers, the aim of the summit is to connect stakeholders from various industries, business leaders, regulators and Government at a forum designated to sustainability.

Many of the stakeholders at the summit were from the agri-food sector, with the entire morning workshop given over to speakers with backgrounds in food and agriculture. Representatives from Alltech, Keelings, Aryzta, Wyeth Nutrition, Bord Bia and even chemical companies Dow and BASF gave presentations on the day about sustainability programmes within their respective organisations.

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A leading US figure in the area of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is giving two lectures on new developments in the sector over the coming years.

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Pic. Dr. Jason Jerald

Dr Jason Jerald, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Principal Consultant at NextGen Interactions. In addition to primarily focusing on NextGen Interactions and its clients, Jason is Chief Scientist at Digital ArtForms, serves on multiple advisory boards of companies focusing on VR technologies, coordinates the RTP-VR Meetup, and speaks at various events throughout the world. He is also the author of “The VR Book: Human-Centered Design for Virtual Reality” published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers and ACM Books.

He will be guest lecturing at both Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) next week.

Barry Downes, CEO of TSSG said of the Lecture Series, “We are delighted to have Dr Jason Jerald give a public lecture in TSSG on Wednesday the 4th of November at 11.30am and in Waterford Institute of Technology, Thursday the 5th of November in the G18 Lecture Hall at 12.15pm. Jason has been an academic leader in Virtual Reality technologies for 15 years having completed his PhD in the area of latency in VR head mounted displays. Jason has published extensively in computer graphics and VR journals, is on the programme committee for leading computer graphics conferences such as SIGGRAPH and has recently published a college textbook on VR called “the VR Book”. Jason also consults widely for leading VR companies and has helped launch innovative new VR hardware and software products such as the Virtuix Omni. Dr. Jerald’s public lectures will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in the future of VR or AR technologies.”

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Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) PhD student on visit to Osaka University, Japan.

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Pic. from left to right, Dr. Ferdinand Peper, Dr. Kenji Leibnitz & Armita Afsharinejad

Currently, PhD Student Armita Afsharinejad is visiting Dr. Tadashi Nakano’s lab in Osaka University, Japan.  Dr. Nakano and his research team are among the top leaders of the molecular nano-scale communication networks in the world.  The target of this 6 weeks long visit is to get more insight of the recent advancement in the area of molecular nanonetworks, as well as seeking any potential collaboration opportunities between the two institutes in the domain of nano-scale communication networks.

During her visit, Armita has presented her research work in the field of THz vegetation monitoring nanonetworks to a group of PhD students and professors at the Osaka University. The aforementioned topic, which is proposed by Armita, can be employed in the smart agricultural systems and also in the bigger area of the Internet of Nano-Things.

According to the attractiveness of the topic and also Armita’s research achievements, the attending professors expressed their desire to collaborate with TSSG scientists for joint researches in this area. As a result, further presentation on this topic is being scheduled for a larger number of attendees.

Fuseami wins €112k to support rollout of its business networking service

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Pic. Kevin Doolin, COO. TSSG & Founder of Fuseami

Having supported some hugely successful spin-out companies such as FeedHenry which sold for €65m to Red Hat the Waterford based TSSG which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT is notching up another notable success.

The plaudits now go to start-up company Fuseami which was founded a year ago by city man Kevin Doolin and as the company prepares for a ‘spin-out’ next month it has just won €112,000 in support for its business networking service.

Having given its name to a to a newly developed app which will help make connections between like-minded business people across the globe Fuseami is the first company to bring a truly advanced solution to the challenge of how to find the best people to connect with at a conference and it has now also been accepted into the European F1-C3 accelerator programme.

The programme focuses on developing new Internet services across areas of Smart Cities, Media and Content, and Care and Wellbeing. Out of 352 entries from across Europe, only 28 companies were selected for funding.

The funding of €112,000 over a nine month period, is combined with mentorship and other supports from the accelerator programme.

Fuseami founder Kevin Doolin, has already managed a number of large EU research programmes and he developed the networking app  concept out of several years of work on a €15 million project called ‘Societies’ which was based on IoT technologies. He has refined the technology into a concept for the spin out ‘fuseami’ and has spent the last two years working on the technology with software developers from TSSG, with the support of Enterprise Ireland.

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Waterford Start-up, fuseami Wins €100k of Funding to Support the Rollout of its Business Networking Service.

Fuseami: The smarter way to network. Fuseami, a new start up company from the internationally successful TSSG research and innovation centre, is delighted to have been accepted into the FI-C3 accelerator program. This European program is focused on developing new Internet services across the areas of Smart Cities, Media and Content, and Care and Wellbeing. Out of 352 entries from across Europe, only 28 companies were selected for funding. The competitive process was tough with multiple cut-offs before the final pitches, where the final 28 winners were selected.

The funding, which is in excess of €100k over a 9 month period, is combined with mentorship and other supports from the accelerator program. The Waterford start-up is focused on helping business people to network better at conferences and events. It is the first company to bring a truly advanced solution to the challenge of how to find the best people to connect with at a conference.

Fuseami founder Kevin Doolin, has managed a number of large EU research programs. He developed the concept out of several years of work on a 15 million Euro project called ‘Societies’ which was based on IoT technologies which enabled with dynamic community formation. He has refined the technology into a concept for the spin out ‘fuseami’ and has spent the last 2 years working on the technology with software developers from TSSG, with the support of Enterprise Ireland. The technology has a patent pending and the service is now being rolled out to conferences.

Michael Fennelly, CEO of Fuseami, has been amazed at the uptake of the service. Initial live trials were conducted earlier this year and these proved extremely successful. Primarily through word of mouth, the company has signed up over 50 conferences, across 17 countries. Conference organisers see the value and immediately understand how the service can drive networking at their event. Prestigious conferences such as ICT2015, with over 4,000 delegates and taking place in Lisbon 19th– 22nd of October are delighted to adopt and promote the services to their attendees.

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