Funded PhD Opportunities

ctvrstickerLocation: Dunlop Oriel House, 1st floor Seminar Room
Date: 20 January 2011
Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Students and recent graduates of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and related areas who are considering a research PhD in the area of telecommunications can meet current students, post-doctoral researchers and academics working with CTVR the telecommunications research centre.

CTVR students and researchers will showcase some of the work they are doing in diverse fields relevant to the telecommunications industry. They will also outline some of the challenges the industry is facing in the near to long term future where research is needed.

The telecommunications research centre works closely with a range of industrial partners including Alcatel-Lucent, Xilinx, MA/Com, NXP, Eircom-Meteor, InTune Networks and Socowave and all research is industry-informed and industrially relevant.

Imaginations swarm at BTYS 2011

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CTVR were very much present at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition over the weekend, and drew much attention to the Science Foundation of Ireland stall. The key attraction was an ‘action poll’ of sorts: we asked the BTYS visitors & exhibitors ‘How do you Imagine the Internet?‘ and it turns out that this is a question people are very willing to answer… through drawing at that.

Hundreds of people took part & made drawings of their personal impressions of the Internet, what it is, how it works, how it’s used…


Linda Doyle (CTVR’s Director) teasing out the question with a couple of visitors to the SFI stall..

CTVR is now working to assimilate all of the drawings into a representative visualisation of how the internet is imagined by the BTYS 2011 audience.








BT Young Scientist Exhibition

017Location: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Date: 15 January 2011
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

CTVR will be present at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition next year, as part of the Science Foundation of Ireland’s stand. Staff & researchers from CTVR will be on hand to chat with the public about the important work ongoing within CTVR from 9.30 am to 2.30pm on Saturday, January 15th.

We are presenting early outcomes from a current workshop series entitled ‘Imagining the Internet’, and will be inviting the public to get involved in making an analogue visualization of invisible digital frequencies, with the help of detektors, developed by Martin Howse & Shintaro Miyazaki.

We also be presenting The Resistors! feature film & website, an animated TV series developed by CTVR to communicate discoveries in Science & Engineering through storytelling.


Here’s what the official website says about the BT Young Scientist Exhibition:

“In its 47th year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South. As well as the 520 student projects on display, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors too.”


The Science Foundation of Ireland will have a presence at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition from the 12th to the 15th.

FP7 Meeting






Location: Dunlop House 1st Floor Seminar Room
Date: 11 January 2011
Time: 9am – 5pm daily


From January 11th to 14th CTVR will host the FP7 project group CREW (Cognitive Radio Exploration World) for a project discussion meeting and to carry out a series of experiments.


The first experiment is a collaborative sensing experiment in which we will transmit a variety of different signals such as LTE, DVB-T, Zigbee, WiFi, wireless mics as well as many others. These signals will then be detected and sensed by various sensing platforms owned by the different members of the FP7 project group and the results analysed.


The second experiment is a collaboration between CTVR and IMEC which consists of the integration of their respective test beds to achieve a series of goals related to dynamic spectrum access. Specifically, the IMEC sensing equipment will be used to sense a band of frequencies and determine whether or not specific channels in this band are busy. The CTVR test bed IRIS will then use this information to decide which of the channels would be the most suitable to transmit on at any given moment.


The remainder of the meeting will be focused on assignment of tasks for future deliverables and to discuss future goals of the project as a whole.

Iris Workshop

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Iris Workshop in CTVR – Iris is the software radio platform we use for all our experimentation. It is a modular system that allows radios to be constructed in a lego like fashion from software or hardware components. The radios are reconfigurable in runtime. We typically use the USRP as the hardware frontend.

On Tuesday the 11th of January we held a workshop on Iris in CTVR. It was attended by some of our collaborators from the European projects in which we are involved.

Anyone who is interested can use Iris for research purposes. It is ideally suited to exploring new concepts in cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access.  All our experimental work is based on Iris. A good overview can be found in the September 2010 IEEE Communications Magazine. It is entitled, ‘Iris: An Architecture for Cognitive Radio Networking Testbeds’. The workshop is been given by Paul Sutton from CTVR.