SOCIETIES: The science of relevant networking

fuseami_logo_altThe EU SOCIETIES ICT research project has spawned a host of tools and applications allowing people to form smart communities in which they can discover, connect and organize “relevantly” with one another.

We all use social networks on our private or professional lives. But how many people in our networks are really relevant to us? How can we identify the best person to talk to on a given subject? How can we rapidly connect and network with this person? This was an aspect of the EU’s three-and-a-half-year SOCIETIES project: to create so-called Community Smart Spaces (CSS) where members with highly-focused interests can connect, physically meet up, share problems and resources, trying together to find solutions in just about any area of life.

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Record number of companies compete in Irish Software Awards – TSSG shortlisted for Outstanding Academic Achievement of the Year

logo-isaThursday, 30th October: The Irish Software Association (ISA) has released the shortlist of 20 indigenous technology companies that are vying for the title of Digital Technology Company of the Year at the ISA Awards to be held in Dublin on 21 November.

Four companies have been shortlisted for ISA Digital Technology Company of the Year; CarTrawler, Ocuco, Sláinte Healthcare, and TDS.  Between them, these Irish companies employ over 660 people. 

In the Emerging Company of the Year category, sponsored by William Fry, four younger and highly innovative companies, Boxever, Brite:Bill, Snapfile and Pharmapod will battle it out for the top prize. 

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CitySense Project Launched – Urban Nervous System to check the health of Dublin City

CitySenseLogoProject supported by PCH, Tyndall National Institute, TSSG Waterford, National College of Art & Design and Vodafone Ireland 

Chance to win CitySense bike by tweeting a picture to @CitySenseDublin

EcoSystem30th October 2014: Internationally recognised Irish research and industry partners have announced the launch of the CitySense Project in Dublin city. A proof of concept project, an ‘urban nervous system’ will use sensor technology to measure everyday atmospheric conditions and how they impact on people.

The study is supported by PCH, Tyndall National Institute, TSSG Waterford, National College of Art & Design and Vodafone Ireland.

The environmental sensor and GPS equipment will be mounted on 20 Cyclone Courier bikes along with volunteers from the Dublin Cycling Campaign and will measure carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, smoke and particulates, and temperature levels around Dublin city. The results, which once collated, will allow researchers to map information critical to the everyday functioning of the city and its inhabitants such as environmental pollution, traffic congestion, urban planning and policy development. The project will be begin on Monday 03rd November with the results to be revealed on Thursday 06th November at the Dublin Web Summit.

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TSSG present at EU-Japan collaboration event in Tokyo

Dr Brendan Jennings presented at EU-Japan collaboration event in Tokyo

Dr Brendan Jennings presented at EU-Japan collaboration event in Tokyo

Dr. Brendan Jennings and Dr. Alan Davy, along with another 10 Irish researchers, travelled to Tokyo recently in a major drive to increase research collaboration with Japanese companies, research institutes and universities.

The four-day visit, organised by ISCA Japan (Science Foundation Ireland’s new Ireland-Japan science collaboration programme), in close cooperation with IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Japan focused on information and communications technology research with a particular emphasis on big data analytics and cloud computing.

The visit commenced on September 30th and included meetings with leading Japanese and multinational corporations, research institutions and universities to present Irish ICT research and identify opportunities for collaboration. It culminated in a one-day conference on Friday, October 3rd at the Delegation of the European Union in Japan, entitled “EU-Japan R&D Cooperation, Horizon 2020 and the Irish ICT Research Opportunity.” With over 100 attendees, the conference was addressed by representatives of the European Union, the Japanese and Irish Governments, Fujitsu Laboratories, and the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communication Technology.

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More companies benefit from increased collaboration with Research Performing Organisations according to first Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) annual report

Knowledge Transfer Ireland Annual Report 2013-2014

Knowledge Transfer Ireland Annual Report 2013-2014

Published by Knowledge Transfer Ireland on Thursday, Oct 23rd

Minister English welcomes growth in number of companies engaging with the research base in Ireland

2013 saw a marked increase in the level of engagement between companies and all Irish publicly-funded research performing organisations (RPOs), including universities and the institutes of technology, according to Knowledge Transfer Ireland.

The first KTI annual report published today (23 October 2014) shows a 15% increase in the number of external clients that engaged with research performing organisations in 2013, resulting in 1,598 engagement agreements, up 9% on the previous year.

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