Filling the White Spaces: Wednesday, 26th September 2012

TVWSLogoLocation: Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
Date: 26 September 2012
Time: 10am – 5pm

A spectrum opportunity awaits both consumers and the communications industry when the Irish analogue TV signals are switched off at the end of October 2012. The unused White Spaces that will surround the new digital signals of the Saorview system will be up for grabs.

But, who will use this spectrum? What will they use this new spectrum for? How will they access it?
Some of these questions have already been addressed by both industry and regulators in the USA and the UK where the digital TV switchover has already advanced. Suggested uses of this spectrum range from new WiFi-like devices for increased broadband connectivity, to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, to new mobile network operator deployments.

The Filling the White Spaces workshop aims to inform an Irish audience as to these opportunities by sharing the experiences of companies that have already conducted trials in the UK and USA. We will also be looking to identify opportunities for Irish exploitation of this new spectrum resource in the context of on-going global developments.

Workshop Agenda:

10.00 Whitespaces introduction – Studios 1+2

This session is for those who feel they would like more background. They may want to know about the origins of the TV White Spaces or get a broad overview of what is happening around the world. There will also be a brief intro to some of the emerging ideas around spectrum sharing in general including Authorised Shared Access (ASA), the recommendations in the latest PCAST report in the USA on Realizing the Full Potential of Government Held Spectrum to Spur Economic Growth and the latest EU documents.

OFFICIAL START 11.15 TV White Space Networks in Action Abroad – Paccar theatre

This session marks the official start of the workshop and has a very practical focus. We will hear from those who have been involved in TV White Space Trials. There will be an opportunity to hear about the different target applications, the equipment used, the outcomes and the overall experience.

Microsoft – Jim Beveridge (UK) / Spectrum Bridge – Peter Stanforth (USA) /Adaptrum – Darrin Mylet (USA) / Neul – Paul Egan (UK) / FairSpectrum – Heikki Kokkinen (Finland) / BSKYB – Rafael Cepeda (UK)

13.30 Demonstrations in Studios 1+2 & Lunch

14.30 Ireland and White Space – where to next? – Paccar theatre

The purpose of this session is to determine what to do in Ireland. The first part of the session will take the form of a moderated panel. The questions which will frame the panel and subsequent audience discussion are –
1) What worth do ‘me-too’ trials have, i.e. replicating a trial that has been successful in another jurisdiction? Buy-in from local regulator, industry?
2) Are there new applications that can be trialled using the existing FCC/Ofcom rules?
3) What kind of TVWS applications could be trialled with new speculative rules that go beyond the
current FCC/Ofcom rules?

Discussion Topics – new applications for TV White Space bands, regulatory issues, economic challenges and opportunities, attitudes to sharing of spectrum in general, testing and trialling challenges, availability of equipment, opportunities for different players, the role of traditional media entities, the implications for mobile operators, the barriers to progress, the opportunities for intervention, funding etc. We are particularly interested in hearing from a wider range of voices outside of the purely technical and regulatory domain in discussing the opportunities for White Spaces.
16.30 Wrap-up

The final session will summarise the key conclusions of the day and identify a set of next steps.

17.00 Session closes in Paccar theatre + demonstrations continue in Studios 1+2


Registration has closed, thank you for your interest and for in attending.


Please inspect here for an Irish Times interview with Professor Linda Doyle regarding Filling the White Spaces

Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Telecommunications & Sensor Networks: WAITS

Location: Montpellier (France)
Date: 27 August 2012
Time: All day

CTVR academics Ken Browne, Barry O’Sullivan, Cormac Sreenan will co-chair the WAITS 2012 workshop on August 27th 2012.

The workshop will run alongside ECAI 2012, the leading European conference on Artificial Intelligence, and aims to bring together researchers and technologists from academia and industry to explore the applications of artificial intelligence to the most pertinent technical challenges in telecommunications and sensor networks.


Workshop participation will be by invitation only. If you would like to participate, submit either a full paper of no more than 6 pages (or 6,000 words); a position statement, short paper, or problem instance (at most 3 pages or 3,000 words); or a position statement (1 page). Short papers may address an important problem for further research or describe a practical problem or an interesting lesson learned. In addition, we solicit proposals for short demonstrations (at most 3 pages with demonstrations taking at most 15 minutes).

All submissions should conform to ECAI’s formatting guidelines, to be available soon on the conference website.

Professor Marc Hodes is welcomed to CTVR Thermal team in UL

MarcHodes  12 August 2012




Professor Marc Hodes from Tufts University has joined CTVR Thermal team in the University of Limerick. Professor Hodes’ area of interest is heat and mass transfer, often in the context of the thermal management of electronics or efficient use or generation of energy.

Currently, his research concentrates four major areas. First, experiments are being performed to measure the rate of conversion of alcogels to aerogels (for use as “super” thermal insulators) by supercritical CO2-based extraction. Secondly, theoretical studies of convection heat transfer in microchannels containing superhydrophobic nanostructured surfaces are underway. Thirdly, several technologies and theories are being developed to increase the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric modules operating in precision temperature control and power generation modes. Lastly, liquid metal (Galinstan®)-based heat sinks are being investigated. CV

Professor Allen Mackenzie joins the Wireless team at CTVR, TCD

MacKenzie08212009 We welcome Professor Allen Mackenzie from Virginia Tech to the Wireless team at CTVR, Trinity College Dublin.

His interests are in the areas of Wireless Communications, Multihop Wireless Networks, Applications of Game Theory and Decision Theory, Sensor Networks, Mobility Modeling.

Professor MacKenzie was awarded an E.T.S. Walton Visitor Award from the Science Foundation of Ireland for the 2012-2013 academic year. This award will enable him to spend the 2012-2013 academic year on study-research leave from Virginia Tech. During the year, he will be based at CTVR: the telecommunications research centre at Trinity College Dublin. Professor MacKenzie will be working, broadly, on technology and policy solutions for dynamic spectrum sharing in wireless networks and economic models of such solutions. More specifically, he will be studying automated spectrum negotiation between autonomous radio systems. CV

EU_pic3-(1) 12 August 2012

Keith Nolan, CTVR Funded Researcher and colleague, is acting as the scientific advisor to the new ZOO Digital balloon project. ZOO Digital, in collaboration with the EU Commission, will launch a weather balloon into the stratosphere. Met Eireann are helping to facilitate the balloon launch.

The weather balloon will be launched into the stratosphere above Cahersiveen at the end of August. The experiment will examine balloon dynamics, and importantly, help promote science activities! The weather balloon will be filmed it as it expands, and it will eventually burst as Boyle’s Law predicts.

 As well as doing some science to investigate the expansion of gasses, the experiment will display some tweets as it reaches the edge of space, making them the highest tweets ever sent in Ireland.

If you’d like to have your tweet sent into space, please send your message using the #tweetsinspace.

For all of the latest information and if you wish to follow the experiment, you can do so here on facebook and twitter (@talktoeu) and here

Stay tuned as we share our scientific findings and prepare our countdown to launch!

In photo: From a roof top somewhere in Dublin EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, scientist Keith Nolan and RTE Science Squad presenter, Kathriona Deveraux launch “That’s Gas”.

Barry O’Sullivan elected ECCAI Fellow

30 July 2012

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, the Director of 4C, and CTVR Funded Researcher has been elected Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI Fellow).

ECCAI describes the program thusly:
“The ECCAI Fellows program has been started in 1999 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. Fellows’ accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of AI, to unusual accomplishments in AI technology and applications. Usually only individuals who have made contributions to AI for a decade or more after receiving their Ph.D. (or are at an equivalent career stage) will be selected. Leadership in ECCAI or ECCAI member societies, support of forums for the exchange of ideas, and extended service for the international AI community also play a role in the selection process. Evidence of technical contribution will often be in the form of publications, but other evidence will also be considered, such as patent awards or statements of longstanding contribution to an industrial group effort. The ECCAI Fellows Program honors only a very small percentage of the total membership of all ECCAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%).”

In 2011 only four people were elected Fellows and in 2010 only three

Open Here Festival

Open-HereLocation: CTVR & TCD Science Gallery
Date: 28 June 2012
Time: 10am – 4pm

This four day festival that addresses social, technological and cultural issues surrounding the digital commons,will take the form of talks, presentations, workshops, discussions and screenings. It will be held in The Science Gallery and in CTVR headquarters in Trinity College.

What does it mean to be open today?

If we speak of ‘the commons’ today as a general phenomenon, this has a lot to do with the modes of production, consumption and distribution that have emerged over the last two decades around information and communication technologies. This period has seen a growing emphasis on the social and juridical implications of sharing in the online domain, where a range of nonmarket and non-proprietary activities such as open source software, remix culture and commons-based peer production have lead some to propose the advent of a ‘digital socialism’. However, as sharing and openness become the watchwords of the new corporation – as the commons is increasingly central to capitalism, such positions are no longer straightforward.


Open Here will bring together a transdisciplinary community of critical theorists, engineers, artists, designers and industry professionals to expand debates surrounding the digital commons.  Key points of discussion will include the conflictive spaces of the digital commons, tactical media, net-art, digital policy, disruptive wireless practices, alternative spectrum ownership models, next-generation networks and the political economy of infrastructure.


Participants include: Michel Bauwens (BE), Ralph Borland, (ZA) Sarah Browne (IE), CTVR (IE), Marika Dermineur (FR), Fairwaves (RU), Jessica Foley (IE), Tim Forde (IE) Benjamin Gaulon (FR/IE), Robert Horvitz (US), Dmytri Kleiner (UA/CA), Franco Lacomella (AR), Sascha Meinrath (US), Rachel O’Dwyer (IE), Julian Oliver (NZ), Nora O’Murchu (IE) Jussi Parikka (FI), Paul Sutton (IE), Tom Rondeau (US), Steve Song (ZA), Danja Vasiliev (RU), Martin Weiss (USA), Mick Wilson and Thomas Wilson (IE).


 This series of events is curated by Linda Doyle, Benjamin Gaulon and Rachel O’Dwyer and supported by ESOF2012, CTVR,  & Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.

CTVR Plenary 2012

Plenary 2012 image

Location: Hotel Kilkenny
Date: 14 June 2012
Time: 9.30am – 5pm

CTVR will host its 2012 Plenary meeting in Kilkenny. This year’s meeting will focus primarily on the work of students and feature a series of short presentations covering all facets of the CTVR research programme.

Research staff from each of the participating universities and the programme’s industry partners will attend.

CTVR at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition

BTYS12-4  30 January 2012



CTVR researchers were on hand at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition to help aspiring network engineers of the future to design their own telecommunications network. Every student is connected to the telecommunications network in multiple ways – through their school broadband service and their home network, via their phones and games consoles – and uses the connections to access many different types of applications. The telecommunications research centre gave the engineers and designers of the future an insight into how a network is built, and how coverage black spots arise.

CTVR is an SFI-funded centre and was hosted at the SFI stand on Saturday 21st January,.

Alcatel-Lucent: UL Collaboration paper wins best paper 2011

ECTC2012  08 May 2012


The Editors of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology have selected a  CTVR paper as the 2011 Best Paper in the Components: Characterization and Modeling category in the journal IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology.

 The award will be presented at the 62nd Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC, 29 May – 1 June 2012, San Diego, California, USA) on Thursday, 31 May.

The paper is 
“Phenomenological Study of the Effect of Microstructural Evolution on the Thermal Fatigue Resistance of Pb-Free Solder Joints”  by J Richard Coyle, John Osenbach, Maurice N. Collins, Heather McCormick, Peter Read, Debra Fleming, Richard Popowich, Jeff Punch, Michael Reid, and Steven Kummerl, VOL.1, NO. 10, October 2011