Research

TSSG research is spearheading the development of next-generation digital technologies that enable seamless tech-mediated interaction.

The breadth of TSSG’s research expertise is unique globally and the Centre’s structure supports collaborative innovation with industry to unlock the potential of digital content. TSSG has attracted over €30million funding from research and industry collaborations.

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TSSG Key Research Areas

Emerging Networks Laboratory

The Emerging Networks Laboratory (ENL), is a TSSG Research Unit comprising 19 researchers focussing on challenges relating to the evolution of the communications networking and service technologies that will see widespread deployment in the next 10 years. ENL is recognised as a leading research group in the network and service management field worldwide, producing high quality scientific publications and graduating highly skilled PhD and MSc graduates. Its work is in large part driven by its research partnerships with the Irish R&D divisions of leading technology companies including IBM, Cisco, Intel, Ericsson, Dell EMC to name a few.

The Emerging Networks Laboratory (ENL) focus on the following key research themes:

Knowledge Defined Networks

Telecom operators as well as cloud providers are constantly seeks approaches to maximise the efficiency of very high capacity networking infrastructure at lower costs, sharing infrastructure investment along with providing customised networking connectivity to meet end user needs. Virtualisation of network functions along with software defined networking technology is enabling enhanced flexibility with regards to network service provisioning. Coupled with insights gained via Artificial Intelligence will enable an intuitive network substrate that can act on knowledge. This theme seeks to research and develop knowledge defined network management techniques applied to both cloud and telecom networking infrastructure.

Beyond 5G Technologies

The very definition of the Internet is being redefined to meet the needs of an advancing society. Internet of Things is enabling various sectors to leverage Internet technologies to vastly improve productivity.

Fundamentals in Molecular Communication

The Molecular Communications research theme is investigating communication for nano scale devices, in particular in biological environment. Nanotechnology has tremendous potential, especially in the field of medicine. Research to date has largely focused on developments of materials to improve the capabilities of nano devices. However, integrating communication capabilities to these devices will further improve the potential of nano devices. The research conducted in this theme is investigating communication between nano devices using molecular communications, where information is encoded into bio-molecules that are diffused into the environment, and decoded at the receiving end.

Programmable & Autonomous Systems

The Programmable & Autonomous Systems Unit seeks to research, develop and commercialise techniques, tools and algorithms that will ensure that citizens can benefit from the digital evolution. We advocate that future digital platforms, in particular transport and energy, must exhibit a set of fundamental characteristics if they are to cope with rapidly changing requirements in such a complex environment. 

Programmable – a system, service or platform whose logic is separated from its operation. By building programmable systems, we ensure that they are future proofed and flexible so that their features and functionalities can evolve as requirements evolve. 

Autonomous – a system, service or platform is autonomous if it can perform its activities in a fashion that requires minimal human supervision in the face of complex and changing environmental conditions. 

By directing our research into these two highly complementary topics, we can ensure that society can take full advantage of the new digitally connected world. 

The PAS Lab focus on the following key research themes:

Adaptive and Autonomous Algorithms

The number of computing devices and machines that are connected to the Internet are ever-increasing. This is being driven by the demand for more and more automation in industries, reducing costs and improving productivity. This thematic area aims to develop algorithms for systems to become autonomous and adaptive, where these algorithms can be inspired from various other disciplines (e.g. bio-inspired, social-inspired).

Fog Data Analytics

The maturation of the Internet of Things and Big Data technologies has produced some highly innovative services and applications. However, many scenarios are dependent on low energy consumption or low latency technologies where it is necessary to utilise processing closer to the source of the data. This thematic area devises algorithmic processes that takes advantage of available computing resources to deliver the best results in constrained environments. The technologies delivered here work at the intersection of Internet of Things, High Performance Computing and Fog Networking to produce highly novel applications for future society.

Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning algorithms have dramatically transformed the field of Artificial Intelligence in recent years and is driving a new breed of conversational style interfaces to existing applications and services. In this thematic area, we focus on building cognitive intelligence algorithms to produce services capable of reasoning about their current environment.

Mobile Ecosystem & Pervasive Sensing

The field of Digital Health and associated Precision Healthcare initiatives is undergoing explosive growth both in academic research and commercial settings. The MEPS Lab at TSSG spearhead research in areas such as Biomedical Nano and Molecular Communications, Pervasive Sensing, Embedded Systems Control and Interactive Technologies (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) . 

The Mobile Ecosystem & Pervasive Sensing (MEPS) Unit focus on the following key research themes:

Biomedical Nano and Molecular Communications

A new paradigm shift has occurred in the field of communication systems and networks, where artificial communication systems are created from biological components. These communication systems are known as molecular communication systems. Mobile Ecosystem and Pervasive Sensing (MEPS) Lab are investigating how molecular communications can be applied for biomedical application.

Pervasive Sensing and Embedded Systems Control

Pervasive Sensing addressing advanced communication, collection, storage and analysis of big data from pervasive sensors such as wearable, implantable and ambient sensors to facilitate continuous monitoring of a person. Embedded System Communications takes into consideration wearable and implantable wireless sensor network solutions and real-time cooperation of embedded and wearable sensor networks.

Interactive Technologies

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies are achieving mass adoption in numerous sectors including education, manufacturing and gaming. Using a HMD “Head Mounted Display”, VR creates an environment via software that immerses the user in a virtual world which suspends belief.  AR is similar but uses holograms which are overlaid on the user’s real environment and enhances or adds to what they can see via data displays or 3D models. These technologies produce new immersive human machine interaction paradigms that are not only transforming how we consume information but also the speed of how we comprehend higher level concepts.

Infrastructure Group

The Infrastructure Group plays a cross-cutting organisation role in not only pursuing research in its own thematic areas (see below), but by actively engaging in the research and development of facilities, lab spaces, testbeds, other bespoke ICT systems, and providing access to, or generating, data-sets. An important element in the division is the development of connections between testbeds that will help foster inter-disciplinary research between the different fields. 

The Research Infrastructure & Testbeds Division focus on the following key research themes:

Quantum Communications

Quantum technologies are creating a significant shift in ICT, moving away from the binary bit (1,0), to the qubit(|0>, |1>)* and the qudit** (multi-state (d) quantum system), providing exponential growth in the amount of information that can be stored and transferred. Additional quantum properties, such as entanglement and teleportation, provide the means for naturally secure and fast communications. Most research to date has been in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) as a response to the anticipated ability of Quantum Computers to simply crack modern encryption on the fly and Quantum Coin algorithms.

Satellite Communications

The advent of nano satellites (cube-sats) using off-the-shelf components offers a cost-effective and rapid development cycle for satellite deployment. Additionally, placing satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), ~250km to 500km, introduces minimal latency, and in fact can decrease latency overall by using free space communications versus fibre optic technology. These two attributes combined creates a new environment for 6G networks and provides for high-capacity, low-latency, low-powered, secure communications channels operating near the speed of light. However, there are some challenges transmitting through the Earth’s atmosphere, namely absorption and diffraction, that impact on channel capacity.

What We Offer

Providing comprehensive services for establishing innovation through collaboration.

  • Securing of research funding
  • Management of European R&D Projects
  • Management of European R&D Programmes
  • Project Management and Collaboration
  • Proposal Writing and Preparation
  • Project Communication (Dissemination & Exploitation and Marketing & Communication)
TSSG brain initiative

aims to utilise expertise and knowledge from communication systems and networks to address challenging questions of the brain and nervous system.

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research supports

The TSSG Research Supports are specialised groups with a strategic research focus.

The Infrastructure Group
The Infrastructure Group (IG) builds and operates the underlying network and server infrastructure that the research and commercialisation projects build upon. The IG are also responsible for the TSSG Data Centre (DC) and TSSG’s 3 office buildings.
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Creative Design Unit
Advocates & practitioners of design-led innovation, the Creative Design Unit help create unique products that disrupt the market instead of adapting to it. The team’s expertise combines artistic ability with technical proficiency to design and create new technologies across both research and industry sectors.
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Professional Software Engineering Services
PSES is a team of highly talented Dev-Ops, Software Testers and Software Engineers with a cumulative experience of over 30 years, spanning a broad range of technology and business domains including Mobile, Telecoms, Big Data, eHealth, Autonomics and Network Management.
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Featured Project

The ceFIMS-CONNECT project was initiated in March 2014 and aims to continue the good work of the ceFIMS project…

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Publications

Read the latest publications related to current TSSG research.

Chamil Kulatunga , Kriti Bhargava , Dixon Vimalajeewa , Stepan Ivanov .
Cooperative in-network computation in energy harvesting device clouds
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Cooperative in- network computation in energy harvesting device clouds, Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems 16, 106 – 116 .
2017 .
Dixon Vimalajeewa , Eric Robson , Donagh Berry , Chamil Kulatunga .
Evaluation of Non-linearity in MIR Spectroscopic Data for Compressed Learning
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New Orleans, USA, IEEE Computer Society, 2017 .
2017 .
K. Bhargava , S. Ivanov .
A fog computing approach for localization in wsn
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2017 IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), pp. 1–7 .
Oct 2017 .
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