Connect Centre


Connect_logoCONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for communications networking, services, applications and technologies. Its mission is to research, develop and innovate solutions to the communications challenges facing society. New broadband architectures, new cellular technologies and the Internet of Things is at the centre of its work.

CONNECT is co-funded by the Irish government, through SFI, and by industry. It is receiving initial funding of €50 million, which supports 165 researchers. Many of the challenges it aims to address are related to ageing societies, the environment, energy and pollution, the intensification of agriculture, and mass entertainment.

Whether it’s connecting small simple Things or big complex Things, we need new ways of rolling out responsive and flexible networks. CONNECT exists to develop these new connections.

Research Areas

  • Future networks, including wireless and optical technologies
  • Network-aware services and service-aware networks
  • Responsive Things (key components of the Internet of Things)
  • Testbed-based experimentation and iterative development

Research programmes

CONNECT’s 165 researchers tackle both significant long-term challenges and nearer-term problems of interest to industry. Their work includes the development of:

  • Energy-efficient ultra-low power smart sensors
  • Programmable network substrates for multi-stakeholder ecosystems
  • Extreme-sharing systems for Cloud-RAN architectures
  • Network-aware reconfigurable multiband/multimode transceiver architectures
  • Quality-of-experience management for sparse, bursty data networks

Academic partners

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group.
  • Tyndall National Institute

Industry and commercialisation

CONNECT works with its industry partners on targeted projects in the areas of Internet of Things, future cellular (5G and beyond), next-generation broadband, software-defined networks and cloud-based services. CONNECT addresses their research needs in a timely and effective manner.


Ireland’s largest public data centre Pan-Ireland network connecting research partners Indoor/outdoor wireless testbeds for cellular, Cloud-RAN and SDR Internet of Things testbeds

Industry partners include:

Decawave, Digicel, EMC, Ericsson, ESB, Google, Huawei, IBM, InnaLabs, Intel, JCI, MA-COM, Movidius, Natcom, Nonlinear Systems, NXP, ON Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Rambus, RCNx, Real Wireless, Rohde & Schwartz, S3, Scorpion Networks, Skyware, Socowave, Synopsys, Taoglas, UTRC, Xilinx

Key Contacts at Connect 

Prof Linda Doyle, Centre Director:

Dr Frank Smyth, Executive Director:

Key Contacts in Connect for TSSG 

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT & Chairman of TSSG:

Dr Alan Davy, ENL Research Unit Manager, TSSG:


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