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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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Dirk Pesch

Principal Investigator
 
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Dirk Pesch

Principal Investigator
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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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Ken Brown

Principal Investigator
 
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Ken Brown

Principal Investigator
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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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Noel O’Connor

Deputy Director & Principal Investigator
 
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Noel O’Connor

Deputy Director & Principal Investigator
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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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Siobhán Clarke

Director & Principal Investigator
 
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Siobhán Clarke

Director & Principal Investigator
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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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Announcement

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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