SOCIETIES attend Internet of Services Collaboration Days 2012

22nd October 2012

The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) staff working on the EU SOCIETIES project attended the Internet of Services Collaboration Days 2012 event in Brussels from the 16th-17th October 2012.

The Internet of Services (IoS) Days was co-organised by the European Commission and the FP7 HOLA! project. Representatives of FP7 projects in the area of Software & Services, Architectures and Infrastructures were invited to participate. The objective of the meeting was to present new FP7 Call 8 projects and incorporate them in collaboration activities,  to gain a better understanding of the results of current FP7 projects in the “Internet of Services” area as well as consolidating the collaboration activities among projects.

Kevin Doolin, TSSG,SOCIETIES project Coordinator, chaired the Participatory Service Design session which discussed issues related to participatory service design through user engagement. Jacqueline Floch (SINTEF) presented at the session.  Micheal Crotty, TSSG, SOCIETIES Research coordinator, presented at the Open Source Development Methodologies and Outcomes session.

SOCIETIES is currently researching and investigating how to support dynamically created pervasive communities with intelligent, adaptive and collaborative features while providing mechanisms for managing multiple communities including community hierarchies and networks of communities. SOCIETIES is funded by the FP7 Programme. The SOCIETIES project has been running since October 2010 and will be completed in 2014.

For more information, please see links below:

For more information on IoS Collaboration Days, click here

For more information on SOCIETIES, click here

TSSG Attend Ireland Trade Mission, Brazil

18th October 2012


The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) EU Liaison Manager, James Clarke, attended and took part in the Ireland – Brazil Trade Mission in Sao Paulo and Brasília, Brazil from the 8th to 11th October 2012.

The Irish delegation were involved in a number of individual events organised by Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) including the SFI Showcase event entitled “Ireland and Brazil: Celebrating the Success of Partnership and Forging Relationships for a New Generation of Scientists and Engineers.” During this event, James Clarke made a presentation entitled ‘Potential collaboration topics’ which included examples within the areas related to autonomic networks in the Future Internet and building international cooperation for Trustworthy ICT.

The Trade Mission included a launch of the Science Without Borders programme between Brazil and Ireland. The launch ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Education (MEC) in Brasilia, was officiated by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Development of Ireland, Joe Costello. During the ceremony, a number of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signings were launched including the MoU between Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the Universidade de Brasília-UnB. Representitives from Waterford Institute of Technology included Don O’ Neill, International Strategic Projects Office who coordinated the signing of the MoU between WIT and UnB.

James Clarke is the project coordinator of the Framework programme 7 BIC project, which is engaged with bringing together the research communities and funding bodies of the EU and Brazil together, specifically in the areas related to trustworthy ICT. The BIC project is funded within the portfolio of the European Commissions DG-CONNECT Unit H.4: Trust and Security research.

For More Information, please see links below:

For More information on the BIC project, click here

For more information on James Clarke, click here


Photo (l-r) James Clarke, EU Strategic Liaison Manager, TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology

Mark Ferguson, Professor, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland

Don O’Neill, International Strategic Projects Officer, Waterford Institute of Technology

Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland

José Geraldo de Sousa Junior, President, Universidade de Brasília-UnB

Marina Donohoe, Head, Education in Ireland, Enterprise Ireland

TSSG Student Submits PhD Work

9th October 2012

The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) are delighted to announce the enormous achievement of Leigh Griffin, who, on the 28th of September, presented and submitted his PhD dissertation. Leigh was supervised in TSSG by Mr. Eamonn de Leastar and Dr. Dmitri Botvich. His internal examiner was Steven Davy and the external examiner was Professor Nazim Agoulmine of the University of Evry, France.

Leigh began his research in the TSSG in September 2007, initially as an MSc student before transitioning his research to PhD level in November 2009. Leigh is a current member of the newly forming Emerging Networks Laboratory (ENL) Group and previously worked on the HEA funded Futurecomm project.

Leigh’s dissertation was entitled “Managing the Formation and Interaction of Groups within Emerging Social Networks.” The thesis looked at the formation, evolution and management of groups within modern social networks, which pose significant challenges and opportunities. Challenges arise from a combination of ubiquitous connectivity coupled with innovative and inexpensive cloud infrastructure, yielding new usage patterns which push existing service architectures, management infrastructure and technology stacks to their limits. Opportunities for remedying this situation arose from re-thinking the formation and management of social media groups and introducing innovative models, notations, algorithms and implementation strategies. To this end, his work analysed emerging group formation and interaction patterns, applied new approaches to current prominent protocols and evaluated resultant behavior and performance characteristics. An innovative architecture model evolved, which can flexibly match the performance and scalability requirements likely to emerge in next generation social network platforms.

Leigh, like all TSSG PhD students enjoyed the research environment offered within the TSSG, “The research environment within the TSSG facilitated the investigations necessary for me to complete my PhD. The nature of my research field brought me into contact with a number of disciplines such as Security and Privacy Management as well as best practices within software engineering such as emerging languages and platforms. The broad range of research groups and the quality of the researchers available within the TSSG allowed me access to experts within these domains. ” said Leigh after defending his PhD dissertation. Once Leigh submits his changes, there will be board meeting and their results will be ratified by academic council who award PhD’s.

Having a support team of fellow students, supervisors and world class researchers provides students with easily accessible advice in every area, from work on particular aspects of a problem, through generic training skills, to assistance with the writing of a research paper. The TSSG has a strong emphasis on publishing in good conferences and journals and Leigh was no different, with 10 peer reviewed publications over the course of his PhD. With his PhD submitted, Leigh is looking forward to the future “I hope to stay working at TSSG and develop the work I have done so far, I’m very excited about future prospects and the possibilities are endless”.

Congratulations also goes to Leigh’s supervisors; Dr. Dmitri Botvich, Chief Scientist, and Mr. Eamonn de Leaster, Chief Technical Officer, TSSG.


For more information, please see links below:

To learn more about student life at TSSG, click here

For more information on Leigh Griffins publications, click here

To learn more about a paper Leigh presented at IEEE POLICY 2012, click here

Learn more about the Futurcomm project here


TSSG release Open Source Code

5th October 2012

Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) Research Master and developer  Biao Xu, recently released code as open source in TSSG’s page at Github. The source code of MRGanter+ algorithm, which was included in a recent paper “Distributed Formal Concept Analysis Algorithms Based on an Iterative MapReduce Framework” was presented at ICFCA 2012, in Leuven, Belgium, 6-10th May 2012.

MRGanter+is a distributed Formal Concept Analysis algorithm based on Gater’s algorithm (known as NextClosure) and an iterative MapReduce framework, Twister. NextClosure calculates closures in lectic ordering to ensure every concept appears only once. This approach allows a single concept to be tested with the closure validation condition during each iteration. This is efficient when the algorithm runs on a single machine. For multi-machine computation, the extra computation and redundancy resulting from keeping only one concept after each iteration across many machines is costly. By modifying NextClosure to reduce the number of iterations and name the corresponding distributed algorithm MRGanter+ rather than using redundancy checking, many closures as possible can be kept in each iteration; All closures are maintained and used to generate the next batch of closures. The code is hosted online and can be viewed here.

Biao Xu is part of the Data Mining and Social Computing Research Unit at TSSG, managed by Eric Robson and focuses on accurately discovering the maximum amount of knowledge in the most efficient manner from increasingly large databases. To achieve this we research the full data analysis life cycle – from data gathering to data cleaning and warehousing through to modelling and presentation of results.


For More Information, please see links below:

Learn more about Biao Xu, click here

Learn more about the Data Mining and Social Computing Research Unit at TSS, click here

Learn more about Eric Robson, click here

To view the paper, click here

To view the source code of MRGanter+ algorithm, click here

Betapond Acquire iPlatform

4th October 2012

Founded in Waterford in 2009, Betapond, a Facebook marketing technology company which builds, develops and licences social and mobile technology services and applications incorporating a range of social mechanics, including social games, location marketing basic competitions and sweepstakes for the Facebook platform, recently acquired iPlatform, the UK’s first Facebook-preferred developer .

Betapond clients include Marks& Spencer, Unilever, Intel, Nokia, Tesco, Heinz, Red Bull among many others.

Betapond previously worked with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) on a collaborative Enterprise Ireland funded ‘Innovation Partnership’ project. TSSG worked with Betapond to develop a scalable platform that could run several mobile and web applications simultaneously using a single server whilst also handling increased loads and traffic spikes more efficiently.

iPlatform which Betapond acquired, is a London based technology company that specialises in building social applications for the Facebook and Facebook Connect Platforms which will result in Betapond growing to 30 London-based employees in 2013.The announcement was made during ‘Social Media Week’ 24th- 28th September.

News Coverage of this announcement included an article in SiliconRepublic which can be seen in full here.

For more information about TSSG and Innovation Partnerships, click here.

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