Chris Buggy, Intern at TSSGThird year BSc (Hons) Applied Computing student Chris found work placement at TSSG thanks to the varied modules he is studying in his chosen course

Third year BSc (Hons) Applied Computing student Chris Buggy is currently undertaking his work placement with the Telecommunications Software Systems Group (TSSG) in the IG department.


Chris’ reason for choosing Applied Computing was fuelled by the option to choose particular streams as well as cloud infrastructure, having completed a FETAC course and enrolling in WIT through the progression route.

“I chose WIT because it has good computer science courses and it’s close to where I live. WIT also has strong links to local companies that take on students for work after graduation.”

Work placement

He began his work placement in January and will remain there until September when he will return to college for his final year of study.

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DISCOVERY project is recognised as an important bridge for EU – North American researchers and innovators.

DiscoveryThe Transatlantic ICT Forum of the Horizon 2020 DISCOVERY project is recognised as an important bridge for EU – North American researchers and innovators.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is a partner in the DISCOVERY Project, a consortium composed of five partners from the EU, two partners from the United States and two partners from Canada. The main purpose of DISCOVERY is to ensure a platform for structured dialogue on EU-North America policy and research and innovation (R&I), in areas of mutual interest in all jurisdictions related to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

The project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme addressing the Commission’s strategy of enhancing and focusing EU International Cooperation in Research and Innovation by a) supporting dialogues between Europe and North America, i.e. the US and Canada; and b) fostering cooperation in collaborative ICT R&I projects, both under Horizon 2020 and under US and Canada funding programmes.

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TSSG researchers provide new hope for Alzheimer’s patients


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Researchers at TSSG in Ireland’s south-east are conducting research into rewiring the brain to cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Combining nanotechnology and biotechnology, researchers at TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology are on the brink of discovering a new way of treating Alzheimer’s.

The news comes on the heels of researchers at Trinity College Dublin discovering the hidden secrets of how Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s form in the brain.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death for all ages and the fifth-leading cause of death for those over the age of 65. It carries a cost of $226bn in the US alone.

Until now, treatment has come in the form of symptom-preventing drugs that neglect the progression of the disease.

A team led by Michael Barros at TSSG have found that nanoparticles can potentially bypass the blood-brain barrier and, if combined with biotechnology and how problems are solved on computer and telecoms networks, a new approach could be found to treat – and potentially cure – the disease.

To read more on this article and view video interview please click HERE

Written and published by John Kennedy, Editor, Silicon Republic

TSSG researchers are working on a next-generation AR comms system

When it comes to future industrial uses of AR and VR, Waterford-based TSSG has the perfect calling card.


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Researchers at TSSG’s augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) research group are working on creating a futuristic AR-based comms system that will transform how professionals industries such as construction and engineering work together.

Paul Cooke, a researcher at TSSG, explained: “We are the newest unit in TSSG and, for 12 months now, we have been working with a huge range of industry from architects, entertainment companies, insurance companies to transport hubs to see how augmented reality can enable them to be more effective.”

TSSG already has an impressive track record in AR and VR thanks to spin-outs such as Immersive VR Education, creators of breakthrough VR experiences focusing on Apollo 11 and Titanic.

Cooke said the team at TSSG wants to build on this heritage, but to do so through an industrial lens.

To read more on this article and view a video of Paul Cooke, TSSG talk on how TSSG is pushing the boundaries of VR please click HERE

Written and published by Silicon Republic, John Kennedy, Editor


2nd Workshop on Molecular Communications

mol commsDr. Davy recently organised the 2nd Workshop on Molecular Communications which took place at the Dublin Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland on the 9th – 11th May 2017.

The event saw 75 of the highest respected scientists and young researchers in the field of molecular communications (biologist, computer scientists, communication engineers) come together to discuss this emerging field of study. Molecular Communications is the study and engineering of mechanisms that use molecules to exchange information between biological and/or non-biological entities at the nanoscale. IEEE Communications Society named Molecular Communications in the top ten communication technology trends in 2017. When we talk about nanoscale, think of how every living cell within the human body communicates information between each other to regulate behaviour. Cells use the exchange of molecules such as Calcium to communicate and coordinate behaviours. In the future man-made nanoscale machines will use molecular communication systems much in the same way cells do, to communicate and coordinate tasks. These machines can operate within the human body to perform various tasks, such as precision drug delivery, auto immune system support, cancer cell detection and removal and repair aging cells. The technology has recently been described as “technology for immortality

Dr. Davy and the community of researchers involved are working hard to understand how scientists can research and develop this technology for future applications. The EU Horizon 2020 Future and Emerging Technology project CIRCLE, which aims to coordinate European research on molecular communications, co-sponsored the workshop along with Science Foundation Ireland. The aim of the workshop was to firstly identify education opportunities for young researchers wishing to study this discipline, secondly discuss a research roadmap for the community to focus on the most important questions to be resolved and finally discuss how industry can get involved in the research.

For more information about the CIRCLE project, please click HERE or for further information about the workshop, please click HERE  All presentations, tutorials, debates and keynotes can be viewed on our YouTube channel  Follow us on Twitter @fetcircle

For more information please contact Dr. Alan Davy

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