WIT on the crest of the next wave of Technology

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Pictured Dr James O’Sullivan, TTO Manager WIT, Eamonn de Lester, IoT Course Leader and TSSG co-founder: Prof Willie Donnelly, President WIT and Chairman TSSG, Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager WIT, Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú, CTO FeedHenry and Barry Downes, CEO TSSG.

A new course which explores the disciplines, technologies, tools and business opportunities in connecting people, places and things has been developed by WIT and world renowned research group, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in the Internet of Things will prepare graduates for the next wave innovation in computing. 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 Eamonn de Leastar, joint Course Leader of the programme, “WIT is very excited about the introduction of the new honours degree programme. The Internet of Things degree embodies a fusion of skills previously seen as separate disciplines: programming and the world of digital and analogue electronics. While our primary focus will be in first class software skills, understanding devices, sensors, networking and communications technology will offer fascinating insights to our students. We believe they will be able to envisage, design and implement the future!”

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IPACSO presents its Cyber Security and Privacy Innovation Boot camps in Ireland

As part of the training and coaching of innovators that IPACSO facilitates the 1st boot camp was a success in the Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre in Waterford on Monday 8th June 2015.  The local innovators (Primeur, Soloton and Sedicii) joined us for our workshop, which facilitated the first introduction to the online version of the IPACSO framework.  Adopting one of the product ideas we used this interactive session to get some tangible results on where the product currently sits in its innovation cycle and recommendations for its next steps towards a robust business driven implementation and investment strategy.  There are 2 further boot camps planned for Ireland, to be hosted by IBM Innovation Lab in Dublin on 16th June and CSIT, Queens, Belfast on 30th June. Register HERE

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IPACSO gets a mention at the High-level Cybersecurity Conference, EC, May 28th, Brussels


IPACSO : Innovation Framework for Privacy & Cyber Security Market Opportunities, supported by the European Commission.

Two years after the adoption of the EU Cyber Security Strategy, coinciding with the announcement of the Digital Single Market Strategy of which cyber security is an important component, the 2nd High-level evaluation Conference provided an overview of the state of play of the implementation of the five main priorities of the Strategy and showcase highlights of its main actions.

As IPACSO is part of the NIS WG3 steering committee it has particular interest in progression of the proposal for a Network and Information Security Directive, the EU cyber security industrial strategy and the next steps for capacity building for cyber defense and fighting Cyber Crime. The NIS Plenary on 27th May provided a timely opportunity to reassess the enablers and barriers of the European Cyber Security market in line with the strategic research agenda formulation.  Of interest to the participants were the real life stories of innovation and start-ups emerging in Europe from R&D activities and again Paul Timmers mentioned some of the IPACSO winners of these innovation awards.

IPACSO presents Cybersecurity Innovators at the recent CSP Forum in Brussels

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes - Intrinsic -ID

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes – Intrinsic -ID

IPACSO had a busy 2 days in Brussels @CSPForum 2015, we had a stand, which facilitated one on one discussions, I had the pleasure one morning to meet Ogus Yilmaz of Labris Networks! IPACSO hosted a double panel session on ‘Incentivising Innovation in Cybersecurity & Privacy Markets’ which included insights from Phillip Mills, CSIT, Belfast, Mark Carolan, ESPION, Nicola Jentzsch, DIW and Bart Renard, VASCO. The CSPForum was co-hosted by the European Commission presenting the info sessions on upcoming Digital Security Calls for H2020. The NIS platform presented its results and input to the Strategic Research Agenda of which IPACSO was a major contribution. In addition it provided an opportunity for demos and success stories from previous FP7 funded research toward investment and widespread implementation. Another stream of NIS WG3 provides deliverables on the Cybersecurity Landscape and Business perspectives.

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Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defends her PhD

TSSG PhD student Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Semantic Technologies for User-Centric Home Network Management” in Waterford on June 16th. Annie was supervised by Dr Brendan Jennings and Dr Steven Davy, and previously by Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú. For the PhD defense the internal examiner was Dr Alan Davy and the external examiner was Prof. Filip De Turck from Ghent University, Belgium.


Pictured (L-R) are: Prof. Filip Dr Turck (external examiner), Dr Alan Davy (internal examiner), Annie Ibrahim Rana, Dr Brendan Jennings (supervisor).

Annie started as PhD student in TSSG during 2008, initially working on data mining techniques. She then changed research focus to address management techniques for communications devices within the home. Her dissertation presents a framework that harnesses semantic technologies including ontolological models and reasoning processes to simplify the process of managing access to and prioritization of networking devices within a home context. In particular Annie showed how these technologies can be used to shield non-technical users from technical jargon and implementation details, allowing them express their preferences for configuration of their devices using familiar terminology. Since 2012 Annie has been working as a data scientist with Dublin-based company Fleetmatics. Everyone in TSSG wishes her well in her future career.

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