Since January 2017, CTVR has been folded into CONNECT, the world leading Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre for Future Networks and Communications. Find out more about CONNECT at

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The Director of CONNECT is Professor Linda Doyle. CONNECT researchers work at ten Higher Education Institutes around Ireland, viz. Trinity College Dublin (CONNECT Headquarters), Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Telecommunications and Software Systems Group at Waterford Institute of Technology, and Tyndall National Institute.


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Two PhD openings at Trinity College Dublin – mm-Wave area

CONNECT has two PhD student positions openings, starting 1st March 2016, please see here for details

Beyond Money Events with Thomas Greco


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CONNECT will host two events with economist Thomas Greco in August.

Friday August 28th 19:00 – 21:00
Talk: The Liberation of Money and Credit
Where: CONNECT (Formerly CTVR) Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
Admission: Free but booking essential at

On the evening of Friday August 28th, Thomas Greco will give a presentation on The Liberation of Money and Credit, outlining the fundamental importance of reclaiming the credit commons and showing how communities and businesses can reduce their dependence on bank borrowing and conventional, political forms of money. After the talk Thomas will join a panel with Michel Bauwens and Kevin Flanagan of the P2P Foundation, Dr Rachel O’Dwyer of Trinity College Dublin and Graham Barnes of Feasta for a Q&A session.

The event is sponsored and hosted by CONNECT (formerly CTVR –, at their Dublin city centre venue and supported by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability ( and P2P Foundation Ireland.
Saturday August 29th 10:00 – 16:00
Workshop: The Exchange Revolution: Taking Complementary Currencies and Moneyless Trading to a New Level
Where: CONNECT (Formerly CTVR) Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
Admission: Free but booking essential at

On Saturday, Thomas will run a workshop for currency activists, practitioners, researchers, and social entrepreneurs on The Exchange Revolution: Taking complementary currencies and moneyless trading to a new level, also at the CONNECT venue in Dublin. Anyone with a specific interest in developing and extending the impact of community currencies, mutual credit, and other complementary exchange mechanisms is invited to attend.

The event is sponsored and hosted by CONNECT (formerly CTVR –, at their Dublin city centre venue and supported by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability ( and P2P Foundation Ireland.
Thomas H. Greco, Jr. is a preeminent scholar, author, educator, and community economist, who for more than 30 years has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on moneyless exchange systems, community currencies, financial innovation, and community economic development, and is a sought after speaker internationally. He has traveled widely in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, lecturing, teaching, and advising. He has been a speaker at numerous conferences and has led many workshops and colloquia in 14 countries.
He is the author of numerous books and articles including The End of Money and the Future of Civilization (Chelsea Green, 2009), Money: Understanding and Creating Alternatives to Legal Tender (Chelsea Green, 2001), New Money for Healthy Communities (1994), and Money and Debt: A Solution to the Global Crisis (1990). A former college professor, he is currently Director of the non-profit Community Information Resource Center, a networking hub that provides information access and administrative support for efforts in community resilience, social justice, and sustainability.

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African Robots with Ralph Borland and Professor Linda Doyle

Thursday, August 20, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15
Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
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Professor Linda Doyle Hosts event with artist and researcher Ralph Borland.

African Robots is a project by South African artist and researcher Ralph Borland to create interactive electronic street art. ‘Street art’ in this instance means art sold by people on the street, in South Africa and Zimbabwe – usually forms of handicraft using inexpensive materials like fencing and electrical wire, beads and waste wood, plastic and metal. The project focuses particularly on wire work, where artists make three dimensional forms from wire, using a cheap material to create complex results. Basic electronic components can with the necessary know-how also be used as cheap material for creating interactive sculptures.

African Robots is a project that functions at many levels: as a social development project, sharing skills with street artists; as an art project, leading to new works; as a critical design study that imagines alternative futures through fictional artefacts; and as an exercise in friendship and skill-sharing to catalyse innovation. The project will be on exhibition at MachinesRoom, a British Council Maker Library space in London, from 13 August – 3 September 2015.

For this presentation, Ralph Borland will tell the story of the project so far, from buying cheap Chinese electronic toys in urban markets in Sao Paulo and hacking them into wire work toys for the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, to designing custom electronics to activate the ideas of wire work artists on the streets of Cape Town. He’ll describe the ideas informing the project, which seeks to recover basic principles of mechanics and computing: from identifying topological ethnomathematics in the approach wire workers take to creating forms, to looking at the history of automotons – taking in figures such as Al Jazari, the 12th century Islamic inventor whose work is thought to have influenced Leonardo da Vinci.

This event will be hosted by Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT / CTVR and Professor of Engineering and the Arts at Trinity College.

Ralph Borland is an artist, designer and curator, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His current research project is ‘Global Arenas’, an investigation of Southern contributions to global knowledge. He has curated exhibitions including SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER at Science Gallery Dublin in 2011 and is working on ‘DIY – an exhibition of South African art, design and ingenuity’. He is part-owner of a cooperative brewery and bar in Cape Town.

African Robots is supported by the SA-UK Seasons programme, a partnership between the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa, and the British Council. Additional support by Pro Helvetia’s Southern African Ant Funding programme and in Ireland through the generous support of CONNECT.



Money Talks at CTVR April 1st

Money Talks: Bitcoins and Blockchains

Venue: CTVR Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row

Date: April 1st, 2015 17:30 – 19:00


Money Talks is a series of presentations and discussions featuring research-in-progress on money, ICT networks and the codification of value. This session focuses on questions of governance and cooperation in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.

Who controls where value flows? Algorithmic control and resistance in virtual money
Rachel O‘Dwyer (Telecommunications Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin)

What are the algorithmic politics of the platforms on which we now produce and circulate value and how will they shape the future of money power, access and exclusion?

This talk looks at new forms of power and counter-power emerging around cryptocurrencies and virtual payments. New kinds of governmentality are emerging as information and communication technologies displace many of the traditional functions of the state. This is particularly significant when we look at the operation of cryptocurrencies and online payments systems.

Services such as cryptocurrencies, digital wallets and online and mobile payments systems are becoming commonplace. In some cases these position network operators and service providers not only as the managers of massive computational infrastructures, controlling information in the cloud, but as emerging financial institutions – de facto ‘banks’ of a kind set to compete with and potentially replace publicly mandated systems and state institutions. In other cases, experiments in second-generation cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies pose possibilities for algorithmic forms of resistance and counter-power in this digital space. Innovations such as Ethereum are building on the blockchain (the database architecture underpinning Bitcoin) in an attempt to design truly decentralised systems for cooperatively managing both money and information in the future.

Designing the Impossible
Gianluca Miscione (Centre for Innovation Technology and Organisation (CITO))

Contrary to physical goods, information goods are ‘non-rival’, i.e. my use does not prevent yours. Current laws and technologies have not managed to constrain the near zero replication and distribution costs of digital data and their effects. In this way, digital networks seem to be a realm of plenitude, not subject to the laws of scarcity.

In 2009 a paper written by a mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto set the specifications for a peer-to-peer network architecture that could guarantee scarcity in the digital realm without relying on any central authority. This architecture transforms scarce computational power into an authentication capacity. The blockchain, Bitcoin’s underlying technology, successfully brought into digital networks the concept of a ‘finite’ amount of data (only 21 million BTC will ever be minted), the impossibility of double-spending and (probably) the impossibility of a unique central authority.

The design of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin suggests that there is an “emerging economy” rooted in this peculiar feature. This guarantee of uniqueness, not enforced by external organizations, brings consequences that are yet to be seen. What is already apparent is that on one side both leviathans and companies do not have much control over this phenomenon, while on the other the libertarian utopia of global stealth action is not materialising.

CTVR is now hiring a post-doctoral researcher

Dr. Marco Ruffini & Prof. David Payne have a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in digital design and FPGA implementation of network protocols and algorithms. For more details see the job advertisement

Openhere 14.11-16.11 2014


Cryptocurrencies, digital sharing, 3D printed goods – just some of the disruptive online practices and technologies that are transforming and reshaping our economy. These innovative technologies have impacted the market, enabling new business models, evolving market conditions and transforming economic and social landscapes. However, the commodification and commercial adoption of these disruptive technologies has also raised concerns and questions in terms of access, control and sustainability. How can we develop these practices to not only support a digital commons, but also to support more equitable and sustainable worlds?

Openhere is a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies. The program brings together researchers, artists, engineers and activists to critically engage alternative economic models and digital currencies, open source hardware and ecology, and new forms of peer production and sharing happening at the intersection of digital and real world spaces. Sessions include talks, panel discussions, workshops and screenings. 

Participants include: Benjamin Tincq, Brett Scott, Cathal Garvey, Chelsea Rustrum, Denisa Kera, Duncan McCann, Eli Gothill, Gawin Dapper, Geraldine Juárez, Graham Barnes Kevin Flanagan, Lana Swartz, Linda Doyle, Lúí Smyth, Nigel Dodd, Nora O’ Murchú, Peter Hanappe, Rachel O’Dwyer, The Robin Hood Cooperative, Sean Cubitt, Vasilis Kostakis and more.

Topics include: Alternative Currencies | Open Sourcing Finance | Open Hardware | Distributed Manufacturing | Open Source Ecology | Peer Production | Sharing Economies

All sessions free but booking recommended. For more information, program details and to book a place

Openhere is a joint initiative of (CTVR) The Telecommunications Research Centre in collaboration with the Dublin Art and Technology Association (D.A.T.A) and is supported by the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin. 

European Seminar on Thermal Management of Electronic Systems June 18-20 Limerick, Ireland

CTVR’s thermal team are organising a seminar on the Thermal Management of Electronic Systems, to be held on June 18-20 in Limerick, Ireland. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers, academics and practitioners interested in the application area of thermal management. The seminar will feature invited lectures from recognized academic and industrial experts, and presentation of the contributed papers and posters. Scientific scope will cover technologies and tools for thermal management in applications ranging from consumer products and lighting, through computing and communications, to industrial, automotive and avionics. For more information, including details on abstract submission, visit

CTVR is now hiring

Dr. Marco Ruffini & Prof. David Payne have a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in Passive optical network protocol simulation and implementation in FPGA platform. For more details see the job advertisement