enable enable

Connecting communities
with smart urban
environments through
the Internet of Things.

About

In collaboration with industry partners and via citizen engagement, ENABLE is addressing the challenges that currently limit the potential benefits of IoT for communities. This involves a focus on enabling smarter buildings, more efficient transportation/ mobility, better handling of environmental issues, stronger data privacy, and enhanced cyber and infrastructure security.

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Research

ENABLE has three research strands supported by a cross-cutting theme of Citizen Engagement, reflecting ENABLE’s human-centric approach of engaging people in the co-design of technology solutions that will affect their daily lives.

Three Strands

Sensing + Actuation

01 Sensing + Actuation

This strand deals with research questions relating to the ability to actuate on the environment for the good of communities on the basis of data from dynamic, urban-scale IoT sensor networks, sensed in an integrated and robust manner.

Connected Decisions

02 Connected Decisions

This strand addresses the research challenges of making decisions at scale to drive this actuation: how to make decisions in a coherent/connected manner for multiple stakeholders from a large number of dynamic, conflicting and noisy data sources.

Privacy + Security

03 Privacy + Security

This research strand will focus on the confidentiality, integrity, availability and provenance of data and its management by people and applications in the environment.

Test-beds

ENABLE has access to a range of test-beds that allow our technology to be deployed outside the laboratory. These test-beds allow us to combine, assess and evaluate results from our three research strands. This is vital to ENABLE’s mission of closing the sense-analyse-actuate loop and measuring impact on real people.

  1. Smart Building

    Smart Building

    We will research smart services that improve energy usage, increase sustainability, track occupants and objects, and make buildings more resiliant. Integrated sensing, actuation, decision support and IoT infrastructure in building/clusters of buildings will be registered.

  2. Smart Town

    Smart Town

    Mallow Urban and Rural Community Test-bed (MURCT) - provides volunteers willing to participate in tests and pilots, providing ongoing feedback to the researchers.

  3. Smart Stadium

    Smart Stadium

    Croke Park, Ireland’s premier stadium - a smart cities test-bed with a focus on electricity and water consumption, crowd flow monitoring; and traffic management.

  4. Smart City

    Smart City

    The Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) - with access to smart building and smart mobility research prototypes in collaboration with Dublin City Council.

Industry

ENABLE is structured to work in close collaboration with our industry partners. This collaboration will focus initially on four domains:

Smart Buildings

01 Smart Buildings

We will research smart services that improve energy usage, increase sustainability, track occupants and objects, and make buildings more resilient. Integrated sensing, actuation, decision support and IoT infrastructure in buildings/clusters of buildings will be required.

Smart Mobility

02 Smart Mobility

We will address mobility challenges facing urban communities including congestion management, parking management and resulting air pollution.

Smart Environments

03 Smart Environments

We will address a broad range of challenges focused on water management, air pollution, and contamination.

Smart Networks

04 Smart Networks

We will concentrate on the underpinning network technology, e.g., resilient, optimised, scalable, secure and privacy-aware edge network community service enablement.

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Mélanie Bouroche

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Mélanie Bouroche

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Trinity College Dublin
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Mélanie Bouroche  graduated from INP Grenoble, France, in 2003, and was awarded an M.Sc. in Computer Science (2003) and a PhD (2008) from Trinity College Dublin.

Mélanie is a lecturer and manager of the Future Cities Research program in the School of Computer Science and  Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She has over 15 year experience in research key programming abstractions for urban-scale reliable context-aware applications, in conjunction with a number of indigenous and multinational companies, as well as public bodies, including Intel Labs, Bell Labs, and Dublin City Council.  Her research addresses many aspects of Distributed Systems, in particular Middleware for Future Cities, Participatory Sensing and Smart Vehicle Coordination.

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Ken Brown

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Ken Brown

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University College Cork
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Ken Brown is a Funded Investigator and member of the Steering Committee of Enable.

He joined University College Cork’s Computer Science Department as a senior lecturer in 2003. Prior to that he was a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, a Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Research Associate at the University of Bristol.

His research interests are in the application of AI, optimisation and distributed reasoning, with a particular focus on wireless networks. He is the Deputy Director of 4C: Cork Constraint Computation Centre.

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Siobhán Clarke

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Siobhán Clarke

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Trinity College Dublin
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Siobhán Clarke is the Director of Enable. She is also a Principal Investigator at CONNECT in Trinity College Dublin from where Enable is led. She is also a Principal Investigator with the Insight and Lero Research Centres.

Siobhán is also Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. She joined Trinity in 2000, having previously worked for over ten years as a software engineer for IBM. Her current research focus is on software engineering models for the provision of smart and dynamic software services to urban stakeholders, addressing challenges in the engineering of dynamic software in ad hoc, mobile environments.

She has published over 150 papers and is a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, exploring an Internet of Things middleware for adaptable, urban-scale software services.

Siobhán is also the founding director of Future Cities, the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities, with contributors from a range of disciplines, including Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Social Science, Geography, Law, Business and the Health Sciences.

She leads the School’s Distributed Systems Group, and was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2006.

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Anna Davies

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Anna Davies

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Trinity College Dublin
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Anna Davies is Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin, where she directs the Environmental Governance Research Group. She is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

With undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from The University of Cambridge, Anna is widely published with more than 100 publications and leads diverse research projects at the intersection of environmental governance and sustainability science. She has advised the Irish Government as an independent member of its National Economic and Social Council and Ireland’s National Climate Change Advisory Council, as well as being a Board Member of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production and a founding member of Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Network (KAN) on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production, where she co-chairs the working group on social change beyond consumption. Anna was also the founding Chair of Future Earth Ireland and is an elected Governing Board Member of the International Science Council.

A keen supporter of grassroots sustainability initiatives, Anna has been a long-standing Board Member of The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin, a creative space connecting people, ideas and resources for greener living in Ireland. Anna currently holds a European Research Council grant entitled SHARECITY, which is examining the practice and sustainability potential of urban ICT-mediated food sharing initiatives and leads the citizen engagement research within the ENABLE SFI Spoke.

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Brian Donnellan

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Brian Donnellan

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Maynooth University
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Prof. Brian Donnellan is Vice-President and Dean of International Affairs at Maynooth University.

He is Professor of Information Systems Innovation at Maynooth University and is Co-Director of the Innovation Value Institute. He researches and develops unifying frameworks and road-maps to deliver IT enabled innovation whilst validating that these frameworks/tools have a broad applicability across differing industries and contexts. Prior to becoming an academic he spent 20 years working in the ICT industry.

He is also the chairperson of the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum (AISCF), which represents the seven cities on the island of Ireland. It is focused on the advancement of cities in both Ireland and Northern Ireland through the deployment of, and value creation from, technology enabled urban services. The members include Dublin Local Authorities, Cork City Council and Cork Smart Gateway, Waterford City and County Council, Limerick City and County Council, Galway City Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Belfast City Council.

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Ivana Dusparic

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Ivana Dusparic

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Trinity College Dublin
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Ivana Dusparic is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Future Cities and the Internet of Things in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to taking up this position in 2016, she has been an Assistant Professor in University College Dublin (2015-2016), and a Research Fellow in Trinity (2010-2015).

She obtained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2010.

Her research interests lie in the use of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning, intelligent agents and multi-agent systems) to achieve autonomous optimization of large-scale heterogeneous infrastructures, with particular focus on smart cities applications and sustainable urban mobility.

Visit Ivana’s profile page on the School of Computer Science and Statistics website, which includes a link to publications.

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Georgios Iosifidis

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Georgios Iosifidis

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Trinity College Dublin
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George Iosifidis is a CONNECT Funded Investigator and the Ussher Assistant Professor in Future Networks at Trinity College Dublin.

He obtained his PhD degree from University of Thessaly in Greece in 2012. He also holds a Diploma in Avionics Engineering. George worked previously as a Postdoc researcher at CERTH in Greece and Yale University for 2 years respectively.

His research interests lie in the area of wireless network optimization and network economics. Recent topics of focus are mobile edge and fog computing, SDN/NFV solutions, wireless caching systems, and sharing economy applications.

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Aleksandra Kaszubowska-Anandarajah

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Aleksandra Kaszubowska-Anandarajah

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Trinity College Dublin
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Dr Aleksandra Kaszubowska-Anandarajah is a Research Fellow at CONNECT in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

She was awarded a PhD from Dublin City University (DCU) in 2004 for work in the area of broadband access networks using hybrid radio/fiber systems.

Subsequently, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at DCU, focusing on Radio over Fibre networks as well as the application of fast tunable lasers in an optical packet switched systems.

In 2008, Dr. Kaszubowska joined an Irish start-up company Intune Networks Ltd, as a senior optical Engineer, where she worked on developing the world’s first optical packet switched network. She returned to academia in 2014 when she joined the CTVR/CONNECT group at Trinity College Dublin as a strategic research coordinator. Currently, she is working as a principal investigator on a Science Foundation Ireland funded grant.

Her main research interests include spectrally efficient modulation formats, flexible optical networks, real-time programmable transmitters and THz transmission systems. She has published over 70 articles in internationally peer reviewed journals and conferences.

She is a reviewer for journals such as IEEE Photonics Technology LettersIEEE Journal of Lightwave TechnologyIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics and IET Communications. She has also been involved in reviewing several of the European Union Framework 7 STREP and Horizon 2020 projects.

Dr Kaszubowska is also a member of the IEEE.

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Emma Leahy

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Trinity College Dublin
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Emma Leahy is the Executive Director of the ENABLE research programme, headquartered at Trinity College Dublin.

She has over ten years’ research management experience and holds a Primary Degree in Public Administration, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business, and a Master’s Degree in Business Management. She has experience of grant preparation and management for national, international and European funding applications for a vast number of international funding agencies. Over the last three years Emma has supported over 280 research funding applications for researchers at different levels from project concept, budgeting, award negotiation, project management and final reporting. The funding applications ranged from €10,000 to €13m, engaging with multiple partners from industry and academia. 

Emma joined the Enable team from the AMBER research centre, a Science Foundation Ireland research centre in Trinity College Dublin, where she was involved in securing over €40m in research funding mainly from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 (FP8) and Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Coordinated Projects. She supported proposals across a number of fields including ICT, Energy, NMBP, Health, Factories of the Future and the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Awards and Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA).

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Suzanne Little

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Suzanne Little

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Dublin City University
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Dr Suzanne Little is an assistant professor (lecturer) in the School of Computing at Dublin City University and a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics working in the area of media analytics, information access and retrieval across a variety of application domains. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia (2006) in the analysis and management of scientific multimedia data. She has worked on a number of EU projects in the areas of multimedia, technology enhanced education, security, autonomous vehicles and big data. Dr Little is a Principal Investigator in the SFI ENABLE Smart Communities Spoke and the technical lead for the Smart Stadium for Smarter Living project with Intel, Microsoft, Croke Park and Arizona State University developing an Internet of Things testbed. She is also part of the EU H2020 funded Cloud-LSVA and VI-DAS projects in utilising big video and sensor data from instrumented vehicles. Her expertise is in video analysis, semantic search and data integration.

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Kevin McGuinness

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Kevin McGuinness

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Dublin City University
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Dr Kevin McGuinness is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University and SFI Funded Investigator in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.  He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Applications and Software Engineering (2005) from Dublin City University and a PhD in Computer Vision (2009). He has subsequently been a postdoctoral researcher at the CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, a Research Fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, and is currently teaching graduate-level machine learning for the School of Electronic Engineering. His research is currently focused on deep semi-supervised and multi-task learning in computer vision. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications including 11 journal articles and 2 book chapters. His research is currently focused on deep semi-supervised and multi-task learning in computer vision.

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Alessandra Mileo

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Alessandra Mileo

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Dublin City University
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Dr. Alessandra Mileo is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the School of Computing, and a Funded Investigator in the INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics and a Funded Investigator in the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Dublin City University. Before moving to Dublin City University (DCU), she was a Senior Research Fellow in the NUIG site of INSIGHT, where she has acquired funding from both the EU and Industry to built and led a team of post-doctoral researchers and postgraduate students. She has been a co-PI in the EU FP7 project CityPulse (www.ict-citypulse.eu<http://www.ict-citypulse.eu>) and  a PI in several Targeted Projects funded by Cisco Systems around semantic stream processing of IoT data in Enterprise Communication Systems.

Dr. Mileo joined the School of Computing in DCU in 2016, where she continues to be part of INSIGHT, bringing in complementary expertise and opening up new opportunities for synergies across the Centre’s sites and across different scientific communities. As part of her engagement within the Centre, she has been actively involved as a Funded Investigator in preparing the proposal for a second phase, ‘Insight-2’, which builds up the achievement of Insight-1 across research, industry collaboration, education and public engagement.

Dr. Mileo has advanced the state-of-the-art in designing and implementing techniques to handle the variety and velocity aspects of Big Data, becoming a pioneer researcher in the areas of Stream Reasoning. Her expertise and contribution focuses on investigating the trade-off between scalability and expressivity of stream reasoning for Big Data and proposing new solutions which, among others, rely on the combination of qualitative (knowledge-driven) and quantitative (data-drive) approaches to reasoning and learning. In 2018 she received a direct research donation from Nokia Bell-Labs for exploring new methods to enhance deep neural representations with external knowledge.

She is currently an active PC member of more than 40 conferenes including AAAI, IJCAI, KR, ISWC, ESWC, ICDE and EKAW among others, and high impact Journals including the SEmantic Web Journa (IOS), the Journal of Web Semantcs (Elsevier), Internet of Things Journal (IEEE) and Theory and Practice of Logic Programming (Cambridge University Press). She is a steering committee member of the Web REasoning and Rule Systems Associatin (RRA), member of the Assiciation of Logic Programming (ALP) and member of the Italian AI Associatin (AI*IA).

In the last 5 years, Dr. Mileo has been involved as Program Chair, organiser, panelist and PC Member of several conferences, tutorials, workshops, Doctoral Consortium tracks and summer schools in the are aof Stream Reasoning and Semantic Data Analytics. Recent relevant events include: ESWC 2015 where she chaired the RDF Stram Processing Workshop and organised the tutorial on Semantics for Smart Cities; RR2015 (Int’l Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems) where she acted as a chair and lecturer and the co-located Summer School; ISWC 2015 and ISWC 2017 where she has co-chaired a series of tutorials on Stream Reasoning; EU ERA conference 2015 where she acted as a panelist at the Open Science and Society panel session. Dr. Mileo is also registered to the EC Research and Innovation participants portal as an expert (ID: EX2015D232419), acting as an Evaluator to assist the Commission in the implementation of Horizon 2020 across several programmes.

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Bashar Nuseibeh

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Bashar Nuseibeh

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University of Limerick
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Professor Bashar Nuseibeh is Professor of Software Engineering in the University of Limerick and is the centre’s Chief Scientist. He was also Director of Research in Computing at The Open University (OU), where he continues to supervise students and assist with research direction. His research interests are in software requirements and design, security and privacy, process modelling and technology, and technology transfer.

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Noel O’Connor

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Dublin City University
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Noel E. O’Connor is Deputy Director of Enable. He is a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering at Dublin City University and Academic Director of the Research and Enterprise Hub on Information Technology and the Digital Society. He is a Principal Investigator (PI) in Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland’s largest SFI-funded research centre.

He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications, made 11 standards submissions, filed 6 patents, spun off one company and mentored two others. He is an Area Editor for Signal Processing: Image Communication (Elsevier) and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Image and Video Processing (Springer).

He was awarded the DCU President’s Research Award for Science and Engineering in 2010. Also in 2010, he was awarded Enterprise Ireland’s National Commercialisation Award for ICT. He is a member of the IEEE, Engineers Ireland and the IET.

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Donna O’Shea

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Cork Institute of Technology
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Donna is a Funded Investigator at CONNECT in Cork Institute of Technology.

She graduated with a BSc in Software Development & Computer Networking (2002), a Master of Engineering by research (2004) and a PhD (2007) from Cork Institute of Technology.

Her current position is lecturer in Computer Science and she is also Principal Investigator of Ríomh – Intelligent Secure Systems research group and member of Nimbus Research Centre. Donna’s research expertise lies in the area of enterprise security and network and service management with a specific focus on the design, analysis and optimisation of wired and wireless communication systems, networks and services.

During her PhD she made a significant contribution in the area of service provisioning for Beyond 3rd Generation (B3G) networks. On completion of her PhD she spent five years working for IBM and this work exposed her to the rigorous design discipline that is a prerequisite for the successful development of large, complex systems across several sites, multiple design teams and various target platforms. The work in IBM also deepened her technical knowledge in the area of network and service management for mobile and Cloud based services. Aligned to her area of expertise she is currently research fellow in the SFI research centre and funded investigator in the SFI Enable spoke.

As part of Donna’s role as lecturer she is also programme director for the fully online programmes, MSc in Cloud Computing, MSc Artificial Intelligence, MSc Software Architecture & Design and MSc in Information Design & Development and also teaches a number of online modules across a range of academic programmes. She is chair of the Computing Department’s research studies committee and is a committee member of IEEE UK Ireland Women in Engineering and is a IEEE Senior Member.

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Dirk Pesch

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Cork Institute of Technology
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Dr Dirk Pesch, is a Funded Investigator and member of the Steering Committee of Enable. He is a Principal Investigator at CONNECT, is Professor and Head of the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology.

Dirk’s research interests focus on design and performance characterisation of algorithms, protocols, and services for wireless and mobile networks and low power wireless network design for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. He has over 25 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has co-authored over 200 scientific publications including three edited books/paper collections. He is also an SFI-funded Investigator.

He is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Distributed Sensor NetworksSpringer Wireless Networks and Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC) journals and served previously on the editorial board of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. He is also involved in conference organisation through membership of several technical programme committees of conferences such as IEEE VTCIEEE PIMRCIEEE GlobecomIEEE ICCIEEE World Forum for the IoT, and several workshops co-located with IEEE PerCom. He was the TPC chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Spring 2007 in Dublin and the TPC- co-chair of ACM Buildsys 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The research centre he leads at Cork Institute of Technology, the Nimbus Centre, focuses on research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things with major applications in energy and water resource management, smart cities and the built environment, future manufacturing and Industry 4.0. Dirk is also involved as advisor to startups spun-out of Nimbus.

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Fiona Regan

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Fiona Regan

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Dublin City University
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Fiona Regan is Professor of Chemistry at Dublin City University and Director of the DCU Water Institute. Fiona studied Environmental Science and Technology and later completed a PhD in analytical chemistry in 1994. Following postdoctoral research in optical sensing in DCU, in 1996 she took up a lecturing position at Limerick Institute of Technology. In 2002 Fiona joined the School of Chemical Sciences, DCU as a lecturer in analytical chemistry, in 2008 she became senior lecturer and in 2009 became the Beaufort Principal Investigator in Marine and Environmental Sensing. Fiona’s research focuses on environmental monitoring and she has a special interest in priority and emerging contaminants as well as the establishment of decision support tools for environmental monitoring using novel technologies and data management tools. Her work includes the areas of separations and sensors (including microfluidics), materials for sensing and antifouling applications on aquatic deployed systems.

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Marco Ruffini

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Trinity College Dublin
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Marco Ruffini is a CONNECT Principal Investigator at Trinity College Dublin.

He received his MEng in telecommunications in 2002 from Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy) and, after working as a research scientist for Philips in Germany, he undertook studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2005, where he received his PhD in 2007. Since 2010 he has been Assistant Professor (tenured 2014) at Trinity.

He is currently technical coordinator of O’SHARE, and previously served as technical coordinator of the FP7 DISCUS project. He is also a holder of a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator award.

He has authored more than 60 international journal and conference publications and 10 patents. His research focuses on flexible high-capacity fiber broadband architectures, next generation PON testbeds, Software Defined Access Networks, and access network virtualization.

Marco is also a member (via Trinity College Dublin) of the Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks.

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Alan Smeaton

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Alan Smeaton

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Dublin City University
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Alan Smeaton is Professor of Computing at Dublin City University.

He joined DCU (then NIHED) in 1987 having completed his PhD in UCD under the supervision of Prof. Keith van Rijsbergen. He also completed an MSc and  BSc at UCD.

Alan has published over 300 book chapters, journal and refereed conference papers as well as dozens of other presentations, seminars and posters and he has a Google Scholar h-index of 35. He was an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Information Systems for 8 years, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Document and Text Management, and is presently a member of the Editorial Boards of Information Retrieval, Information Processing and Management, Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval, the Journal on Digital Libraries and the ACM Journal on Computers and Cultural Heritage. Since 1989 he has served on over 170 separate program committees for conferences or international workshops and has also refereed papers for 29 different journals, many of them on numerous occasions, and in a range of disciplines.

Alan has graduated nearly thirty MSc and PhD research students since 1991. He has acted as examiner for PhD theses in other Universities on 30 occasions, and has assisted the European Commission since 1990 in dozens of advisory and consultative roles, both as an evaluator or reviewer of project proposals and as a reviewer of ongoing projects. His full CV lists 35 separate “missions” in which he reviews either on-going projects, project proposals, or proposals for research programmes for the European Commission in programmes such as ESPRIT, LRE, Language Engineering, Information Engineering, MLAP, LTR, INCO-Copernicus and IST FP5, FP6 and FP7. He has also carried out reviews for 11 different research councils throughout 4 continents.

Alan has received best paper awards for papers at STAIRS2002 Lyon, France, and IMVIP1998. In 2002 he was awarded the DCU President’s award for “outstanding research carried out in the field of Science and Engineering” and in 2009 he received the DCU Leadership Circle award.

In the late 1990s Alan was founding Director of the Centre for Digital Video Processing, a University-designated research centre which was a predecessor of CLARITY, and he led to where it has a compliment of 45 full-time researchers and a world-class reputation. He was Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences from 1998 to 2004 and was Head of the School of Computing (a School with 45 Faculty) from January 1999 to December 2001 during which he led and managed the growth of the School to where it doubled its student intake.

Alan holds six patents and has three invention disclosures. In 2001 he, with colleagues from DCU, formed a campus company, Aliope Ltd., in order to commercialise some of the research of his group. Aliope grew to have 11 employees at its height before being bought out by another company.

Apart from his publication, his involvement in conference and workshop organization and his international collaborations, Alan is probably best-known internationally for his involvement in TREC and in TRECVid. TREC is an annual international benchmarking exercise for text retrieval related applications which has been on-going since 1991. Alan was part of the founding program committee of TREC and was involved in organizing TREC until the emergence of a spin-off activity, TRECVid, in 2001. TRECVid completed its 10th annual cycle in 2010 and involved over 100 research groups and collaborations with more than 1,000 individual researchers worldwide in benchmarking and evaluating performance of video analysis and video retrieval tasks. Alan is founding coordinator of TRECVid, which is supported by the US Disruptive Technology Office (DTO) (formerly ARDA/DARPA), who fund the operation of the program though the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), while Alan, with colleague Wessel Kraiij from TNL (NL), coordinates the activity.  Alan Smeaton is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society.

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Prof. Anna Davies is Researcher of the Year

12 Dec 2018
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Prof. Anna Davies is Researcher of the Year

12 Dec 2018

Prof. Anna Davies, a member of the ENABLE research team, has won the prestigious Irish Research Council (IRC) Researcher of the Year award in recognition of her work in environmental governance and sustainability. Professor Davies is a CONNECT Funded Investigator and is Professor of Geography, Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin.

Director of CONNECT, Prof. Luiz DaSilva, said: “On behalf of everyone in the Centre, I congratulate Anna on this award. The calibre of her research, which addresses grand societal challenges, has previously been acknowledged with a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Award. We are delighted to have her on our smart cities research team, particularly as her work includes engaged research – an area of growing importance in CONNECT.”

Professor Davies said: “I was delighted and honoured to receive the Irish Researcher of the Year award. The Irish Research Council has supported my research in so many ways, from small seed funding to large grants. They have also been absolutely pivotal in supporting the internationalisation of my research profile, supporting me to secure a prestigious grant from the European Research Council. I am eternally gratefully for this.”

Read more about Anna’s career path and research interests here.

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Vacancy: ENABLE Project Manager

26 Jul 2018
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Vacancy: ENABLE Project Manager

26 Jul 2018
Vacancy: ENABLE Project Manager

We have a vacancy on our team for a project manager working as the coordinator between ENABLE and the Dublin City Council’s Smart City Team to support the delivery of the next phase of the Smart Docklands initiative.

Full details here (pdf)
Deadline 28 August 2018

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Postdoc positions in ENABLE

12 Jul 2018
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Postdoc positions in ENABLE

12 Jul 2018

We are seeking four Research Fellows (Postdoctoral Researchers) to work on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems with Professor Siobhbán Clarke’s team in Trinity College Dublin. Full details here (pdf)

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Welcome Tiffany and Shelby

25 Jun 2018
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Welcome Tiffany and Shelby

25 Jun 2018

We are delighted to welcome our two summer interns, Tiffany Meng and Shelby Slotter. They will work at ENABLE in Trinity College Dublin helping with our communications work and industry liaison initiatives:

Tiffany is majoring in Urban Studies and Planning at University of California, Berkeley.

Shelby is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies of Public Policy, Computer Science and Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

 

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ENABLE workshop in Trinity College Dublin

08 Mar 2018
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ENABLE workshop in Trinity College Dublin

08 Mar 2018

ENABLE researchers from several colleges and universities gathered at Trinity College Dublin on 1 May to provide research updates, and explore potential research opportunities.

Several companies are now exploring collaborative research agreements with ENABLE investigators, and new PhD and postdoc researchers are being hired by a number of ENABLE investigators.

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Minister Humphreys launches Enable

31 Jan 2018
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Minister Humphreys launches Enable

31 Jan 2018

ENABLE will engage the public in developing Internet of Things solutions for urban environments

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D., together with Minister of State for Training, Skills, Research, and Development, John Halligan, T.D., have launched ENABLE – a new €14.5 million Science Foundation Ireland research programme which will examine how the Internet of Things can be used to improve the quality of life for ordinary citizens living in urban environments.

ENABLE’s academic researchers will work in partnership with over 25 companies including large multinationals such as Intel and Huawei, and SMEs such as Cork-based Accuflow.

Co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the ENABLE research programme will address a wide range of topics including water management, air pollution, transport congestion, data privacy and cyber security. It will receive €10 million from Science Foundation Ireland and a further €4.5 million through collaborative research agreements with industry partners.

ENABLE will be led by Professor Siobhán Clarke at Trinity College Dublin and will include 60 researchers in three existing Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres – CONNECT, Insight and Lero.  The researchers will be based in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, Cork Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, University College Cork and University of Limerick.

The Director of ENABLE is Prof. Siobhán Clarke, Trinity College Dublin. The Deputy Director is Prof. Noel O’Connor, Dublin City University. Prof. Dirk Pesch (Cork Institute of Technology) and Prof. Ken Brown (University College Cork) are members of the Steering Committee.

Speaking at the launch of ENABLE, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D., said: ENABLE’s research focus is strategically important. Up to 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050: this will increase pressure on resources and infrastructure in our towns and cities. Innovative, technology-based solutions will be part of how we address this global challenge and I am glad that this new Science Foundation Ireland funded programme, ENABLE, will explore creative solutions to issues such as air pollution, energy management, flooding, traffic congestion, and data security.

ENABLE will involve significant collaboration with multiple industry partners ranging from large multinationals to SMEs. This engagement will ensure that the research outcomes will have industrial relevance.

I also welcome ENABLE’s ambitious plans to take its research outside the lab by using test-beds such as Croke Park and the Mallow Urban Rural Community Testbed, so ensuring that the research outcomes will find practical applications.”

Also speaking at the launch of ENABLE, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, T.D., said:

ENABLE is building on the success of three world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres: CONNECT Centre for Networks and Communications, Insight Centre for Data Analytics and Lero Software Research Centre. These three Centres are world leaders in their respective fields. Between them they have won over €47 million in highly competitive EU Horizon 2020 research funding over recent years, as well as attracting investments in excess of €22 million from industry partners who have collaborated with the Centres on more than 210 targeted research projects. 

SFI programmes such as ENABLE are of critical importance to Ireland’s economy. In addition to world-class scientific research, they also contribute to job creation and the development of a vibrant ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

They also provide us with a competitive edge as we seek to win further international funding, attract new research talent into the country, and expand our industry-academia partnerships.”

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland, said: “ENABLE is funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Spokes Programme. The Spokes Programme allows existing SFI Research Centres to focus on new research priorities, and to expand further by involving new industry partners and new academic researchers.

The high industry cost-share component of ENABLE’s funding reflects the importance and urgency of its research programme to industry.  We expect ENABLE to deliver excellent research results and, through its collaboration with its industry partners, to deliver significant economic and societal impact during its lifetime.

I am particularly pleased to see that ENABLE has included citizen engagement as a core activity. The involvement of the public in academic research will result in solutions which are relevant to solving ordinary, everyday challenges. This ensures that the technology of the future will be placed at the service of the citizen.”

Commenting at the launch, Professor Siobhán Clarke, Director of ENABLE, said: ENABLE will work with our industry partners and via citizen engagement to address the challenges that currently limit the potential benefits of the Internet of Things for communities. Our research aims to enable smarter buildings, more efficient transportation, better handling of environmental issues, and enhanced cyber security and data privacy. These challenges align with our industry partners’ priorities ensuring economic as well as social impact.

Current solutions for smart cities tend to be siloed and do not share data. This limits the ability to exploit the connectedness of our environments.

ENABLE’s academic-industry consortium will focus on the scientific and engineering problems of developing innovative software services for smarter buildings, smart mobility, and improved environments in urban and community areas.”

Welcoming the announcement, Trinity’s Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, said:

“The launch of ENABLE is a significant development for the Internet of Things research landscape in Ireland. Its leadership by the CONNECT Centre at Trinity is testament to our team of exceptional researchers working in the fields of computer science and telecommunications. In addition to excellent scientific output, they are also supporting innovation in this critically important area. The calibre of industry partners who have already committed to working on targeted projects with ENABLE is indicative of the world class research taking place here in the smart cities domain. I wish Professor Clarke well as Director of ENABLE. Her previous work as Director of the Trinity Centre for Smart and Sustainable Cities has contributed to Trinity’s reputation in this field.”

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