Funding announcement for CTVR

ctvr-research-boost_web  26 May 2011



Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock T.D., announced Government funding of €19.5million, together with an industry contribution of almost €4.8 million, for the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTVR).

The state funding, provided via Science Foundation Ireland, will directly support 76 high-quality research positions in Ireland’s largest telecommunications research centre.

Making the announcement, Minister Sherlock said “CTVR has been at the forefront of telecommunications network design over the past seven years.” “The involvement and direct contribution of leading industry partners is a strong visible commitment of the value, quality and strategic relevance of the research being undertaken by CTVR. It shows that Ireland continues to be an internationally-recognised location for top-class research allied to the needs of industry.”

Minister Sherlock concluded “CTVR, comprising a diverse range of top-class academic and leading industry partners, is equipped with the necessary expertise and foresight to deliver on the vision of flexible and sustainable networks – and make Ireland one of the world-leaders in this field.”

Welcoming the announcement, Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CTVR, said “We are in a time of unprecedented change, be it in relation to hardware, software, consumer demand levels or user patterns. Developing flexible and adaptable networks that take full account of resources constraints such as energy, bandwidth and manpower, is a key principle of CTVR. The allocation of additional SFI funding from Government will enable the Centre to continue to have significant impact on how the networks of the future are designed, and to tackle key research problems in an area of strategic relevance for Ireland – namely the telecommunications sector.”

News of the announcement was covered by RCR WirelessTech CentralSilicon RepublicThe Irish Times and Irish Examiner

CTVR Plenary 2011

Plenary_GroupILocation: River Lee Hotel, Cork
Date: 26 May 2011
Time: 9am – 6pm

The 2011 meeting took place in Cork. Guest speakers included Minister Sean Sherlock TD – Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation – and Mr John Travers – Director General of SFI, who formally launched CTVR’s second phase of funding.

CTVR alumni profiled the entrepreneurial culture etsablished in the first phase of CTVR funding through presentations from recent (Xcelerit) and pending start-ups.

Director Prof. Linda Doyle Plenary address outlined the Centre’s ambitions and near term scientific challenges.

Prof. Dave Payne, Professor on Telecommunications at TCD, detailed the basis of the strawman architecture at the heart of the CTVR scientific programme.

Communicating Communication II – An Eames’ screening at the Glucksman, Cork.

CTVR_E-vite_PrimerwebLocation: The Glucksman, UCC, Cork.
Date: 25 May 2011
Time: 6pm – 8pm

This evening event is the second in a series inspired by the Eames’ film A Communications Primer (1953), inviting lively discussion about contemporary understanding of communication & design, questioning how we communicate complexity, and how we design for communication.

The unique Eames’ film A Communications Primer (1953) is particularly important for the way that it articulates an extraordinary insight into contemporary telecommunications, illustrating powerful concepts that remain important to the work of engineers and designers today. This film is relevant to anyone who uses information and communications technology in their day-to-day lives, whether professionally or otherwise.

The evening will be introduced by Jessica Foley, artist & Outreach person at CTVR, followed by short responsive and contextualizing presentations by Gary Boyd, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Architectural Education UCC, and Linda Doyle, Director CTVR and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, TCD. The evening will be chaired by Denis Linehan, Lecturer at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, UCC.

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