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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)• WIT is a state-sector, university-level college funded directly by the Irish government, originally founded 1969.• Wide range of vocationally oriented courses, which lead to internationally recognised awards at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.• Delegated authority from NQAI to award its own qualifications (to PhD level in Science) within this framework.• Over 10,000 students of which 6,500 are full-time and over 4,000 are part-time.
TSSG Research & Innova1on• Teaching and Learning (WIT) Taught Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses• Basic Research -‐The Science (HEA & SFI) Postdocs, PhD students, Journal papers• Applied Research -‐The Engineering (EUFP7) Industrial partners, Prototypes, Conference papers• CommercialisaDon -‐The Entrepreneur (EI) Quality-‐driven soMware, Patents, Licensing , Spin-‐out, Spin-‐in companies
TSSG Funded Projects Total Projects 154 projects of which TSSG led 73 % AcDve Projects Jan 2011 34 projects Completed Projects Jan 2011 120 projectsAverage project = €396k, Total = €61 Million 1996-‐2010Staﬀ number = 120 (20 PhDs, 5 Faculty, 12 Postdocs)Spin-‐in/Spin-‐Out company job number = 60Partners = 425 in 35 countries -‐ academic & industrial partners working on funded projectsEnterprise Ireland InnovaDon Vouchers = 52 from 2007-‐2010 ** Not counted as projects -‐ small scale €5k engagements with Irish SMEs
TSSG Posi1oning• Basic Research (HEA, SFI) One of TOP 3 academic centres in Ireland in telecommunica1ons: WIT (TSSG), TCD (CTVR), DCU (RINCE)• Applied Research (EU FP7) Irish winner of EU FP7 funding -‐ twice nearest compe1tor Ranked Top 10 insDtute in Europe in Future Internet research (i.e. on a par with Nokia, Ericsson, FhG FOKUS) Engaged in many EU Technology Plaborms at board level (eMobility, NEM, NESSI)
TSSG Posi1oning Contd…• CommercialisaDon (EI) One of the top research groups for commercialisaDon Leading edge innova1on & technology development in: IMS Web 2.0 Mobile Commercial ‘Spin-‐oﬀs’ (Separate from TSSG) Early stage technology clusters emerging based around TSSG 60 jobs created in 14 ‘Spin-‐Out’ and ‘Spin-‐In’ companies linked to TSSG (since 2001) Con1nue to develop other companies in the marketplace
TSSG Research & Innova1on Philosophy• Research and innovaDon is non-‐linear: good ideas come from ALL parts of an ecosystem -‐ requiring a balance of funding to maintain the ﬂow of the ecosystem• Equal value across all parts of ecosystem: basic research, applied research, and commercialisaDon, build exper1se in VC funding and following stages• Build research teams: u1lise non-‐tradi1onal staﬀ (professional researchers) in applied and commercial research -‐ ﬁght academic norms/assump1ons
TSSG ResearchSample Projects Basic and Applied
FAMEFAME Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) will develop autonomic managementsolu1ons incorpora1ng new seman1c analysis techniques, that can beapplied to build federated network and service management systems thatunderstand changes in the environment and coordinate their ac1ons toreconﬁgure network resources and services to eﬀec1vely deliver services onan end-‐to-‐end basis. www.fame.ie
TSSG NGN Test Centre TSSG has setup a NEW interna1onal Next Genera1on Networks (NGN) test centre for services and infrastructure, using carrier-‐grade telecommunica1ons equipment provided by Ericsson Ireland Ltd. hhp://www.ngntestcentre.com/
4WARDThe 4WARD project is looking to the newarchitecture and design for the FutureInternet and has set itself the task ofcrea1ng a new approach to networkingarchitecture that is more ﬂexible andbeher adapted to present and futurerequirements.www.4ward-‐project.eu* IP EU FP7 ICT
Panlab II PII addresses the need for large-‐scale tes1ng facili1es in the communica1ons area by implemen1ng an infrastructure for federa1ng testbeds. www.panlab.net * IP EU FP7 ICT
SOCIETIES• Societies: Large FP7 IP led by TSSG“Creating an integrated Community Smart Space (CSS), which extends pervasive systems beyond the individual to dynamic communities of users.”• www.ict-societies.eu
Final Remarks• 15 Year track record, EUR 61 Million 1996-‐2010• Strong integra1on with WIT teaching (especially MSc (taught) Communica1ons SoMware)• Strong Basic Research and Research Student track record: 28 MSc (research), 5 PhD graduated; 21 PhD enrolled• Strong Applied Research network with links par1cularly in EU27• Strong CommercialisaDon culture