2014 at CTVR

The team at CTVR have returned after a well deserved break following an
intense lead up to Christmas which saw us prepare and submit a
pre-proposal for the new SFI Research Centres Programme, and undergo an
SFI site visit and review.
Our SFI Research Centres proposal fits nicely within one of the themes
of the call – Future Networks and Communications. We are really excited
about this new opportunity, we’ve put together a great expanded
consortium and we expect to hear the result of the pre-proposal stage in
early February.
Our mid-stage SFI review was carried out by six international experts
and was held over two days in December. The whole team put in a great
effort and it was nice to once again see the scale of what we’re doing
here. We look forward to receiving the feedback some time this month.

Now that we’re back, the SFI Census, and Annual Report are in
preparation, while we’re not letting up on the preparations for the new bid.

Fun times!

CTVR is now hiring

Prof. Luiz DaSilva has a position available for a post‐doctoral researcher in small cells and future wireless networks. For more details see the job advertisement

CTVR communications showcase 2013.. a great success!

This years CTVR Technology Showcase was held in the Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield and a great morning was had by all. The CTVR team displayed their work in impressive fashion and wowed the attendants with their ideas for future networks. Here are some images captured on the day.

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CTVR Communications Showcase 2013

The CTVR Showcase is fast approaching.Ros Kavanagh Pics of Light House named 103

We are delighted to announce that the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources,

Pat Rabbitte, TD, will be joining us to open the event at the Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield.

The agenda is as follows:

8:30am – 9:30am Registration and Breakfast Lobby
9:30am – 10:30am Formal Presentations

  • Opening Remarks – Linda Doyle
  • Minister’s Address and Q&A – Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD
  • Panel Discussion: Guests include Prof. Mark Ferguson, Director General SFI and Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Provost TCD, Gearoid Mooney, Director of ICT Commercialisation, EI
  • Showcase Overview – Linda Doyle
Cinema 1
10:30am – 12:30pm Opportunity to Explore the CTVR ExhibitsNetworking and Tea & Coffee All three floors of the cinema
12:30 Prizes for best Exhibits Lower Floor

There will be over 50 Exhibits spanning the CTVR research topics. The titles of the exhibits are:

  • Integrated photonic chips for high speed Internet communications
  • Long Reach Passive Optical Networks: An Energy- and Cost-Efficient Architecture for Future Broadband Connectivity
  • Data Transmission using optical comb source in radio over fibre scenario
  • Long Reach PONs Rural Urban ultra-high speed broadband coverage of Ireland (network planning)  Interaction between LR-PON and Upper-layer Protocols
  • Clock recovery of super channels
  • Network Dimensioning / Cooperative Code-sharing for UMTS Femtocells
  • Augmenting Performance of LTE Handover on LR-PON Backhauls, Through The Use Of Caching
  • Optical and Wireless Integrated Architectures: a paradigm shift
  • Patterns in spectrum activity and modern art
  • How small can a cell be?
  • Cellular Traffic Dynamics
  • Multiuser-MIMO Load Balancing Optimisation
  • Virtual Network Embedding: bridging the wired and wireless networks
  • Ephemeral Virtual Wireless Network
  • Network Resource Sharing
  • Digital Pre-distortion for RF Power Amplifiers
  • Uplink Signal Detection for OFDMA-based Systems
  • Multiple Access Interference Reduction using cancellation carriers
  • Enabling Systematic Approach to Spectrum Sharing using an Enhanced Form of Carrier Aggregation Adaptive Compression Techniques for Cloud Gaming
  • Filterless Blocker Cancellation for RF Receivers
  • FP7 FORGE project: Forging Online Education through FIRE
  • Spectrum Wars
  • Receiver-driven handover between independent networks
  • Antennas for Emerging Terminal Systems
  • Converging paths toward capacity and coverage increases in future cellular networks
  • Fast, wideband detection technique for network discovery and control channel setup
  • Opportunistic Sensor Data Collection Through Smartphones
  • Network repair for disaster response
  • Improved understanding of wireless communication via simulation
  • Explaining Wireless Networking and Optimisation Research
  • Techniques for Efficient Delivery of Scalable Video
  • How Cool are you?
  • Ambient intelligence Using Machine Communications and Whitespace Spectrum
  • Impressions of Cellular Networks
  • Open BTS: the mobile commons
  • What CTVR does for its researchers
  • Modelling Telecommunications problems using Numberjack
  • Combinatory approaches to optimisation
  • Postcards from the Near Future
  • Engineering Fictions
  • Horizon 2020
  • FP7 DISCUS
  • CTVR SpinoutsOverview of FAME by TSSG/WIT

All are welcome, just register at http://www.eventbrite.ie/org/4199746871.

We look forward to seeing you there.

CTVR Communications Showcase 2013

The CTVR Communications Showcase

  • Location: Light House Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin.
  • Date: 12th Sept 2013
  • Time: 8:30am

ALL WELCOME

It will be a short, half-day event (8:30 to 13:00) focused on the very vibrant telecoms and communications sector in Ireland and exhibiting a range of the CTVR outputs.

We will have over 50 CTVR exhibits at the event. For those of you who are interested in the bigger picture it will be an opportunity to get an overview both of the key trends & challenges in the communications sector as well as the solutions being delivered in Ireland; solutions for Ireland and solutions with international scope.

For those of you more interested in the technical details, we will have exhibits that range from the physical layer to the network layer to applications and services. You will have the chance to see the latest advances in antenna design, thermal solutions for telecoms, new components and systems  from the photonics and the RF worlds and cognitive radio technologies. On the network side we will be showcasing optical network solutions for Ireland as well as future wireless networking concepts and spectrum access mechanisms. On the services and applications front we will showcase some of our work on smart environments and on white space applications.

A detailed agenda will appear nearer the date.

REGISTER HERE

New Testbed under construction

Testbed 2009-2013

The hard, dirty work of renovating space to house the CTVR testbed is finally underway. Since moving in to the listed Dunlop Oriel House, the wireless testbed along with the students and researchers that use it have been operating in a cramped, dark, hot corner of the building. The builders are here and the Soviet-era panelling that had divided the room into 4.5 offices, a corridor and a lab is being removed this week.

CTVR is motivated by the ethos ‘theorise, simulate and build’. The upgraded testbed will provide a state-of-the-art experimental setting in which to test theories and concepts and move CTVR’s results beyond simulation and evaluation. The facility will be available to CTVR partners and affiliates – both academic and industrial.

Talk by Andrea Zanella – When bits get wet: introduction to microfluidic networking

Microfluidic is a multidisciplinary field with practical applications to the design of systems, called Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC), where tiny volumes of fluids are circulated through channels with millimeter size and driven into structures where precise chemical/physical processes take place. One subcategory of microfluidic is droplet-based microfluidic, which disperse discrete volumes of fluids into a continuous stream of another immiscible fluid, which act as droplet carrier. Droplets can then be moved, merged, split, or processed in many other ways by suitably managing the hydrodynamic parameters of the LoC…….

  • Location: Seminar Room CTVR Trinity College Dublin, Dunlop Oriel House, Fenian Street, Dublin
  • Date: 8th June 2013
  • Time: 15:30pm

About Andrea Zanella:

Andrea Zanella is Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Engineering (DEI), University of Padova (ITALY), where he got the PhD degree in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering in 2001. Prior of that, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Computer Science of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he worked with Prof. Mario Gerla on Wireless Networks and Wireless Access to Internet.

Andrea Zanella is one of the coordinators of the SIGnals and NETworking (SIGNET) research lab. His long-established research activities are in the field of protocol design and performance evaluation of wired and wireless networks. More recently, his interest has been attracted by the molecular and nano communication networks, with specific reference to microfluidic systems.

Talk by Jarko Paavola, White Space Trials in Finland

The summer sees two students from Turku in Finland spending time at CTVR working on a PMSE database for the White Spaces Initiative. Their supervisor Jarko Paavola will give a talk on the PMSE database developed in Finland and the white spaces trials there.

  • Location: CTVR Trinity College Dublin, Dunlop Oriel House, Fenian Street, Dublin
  • Date: 24th May 2013
  • Time: 12:00pm

Simon Saunders – Small Cells and Much More

Simon Saunders, founding President of the Small Cell Forum, Adjunct Professor at Trinity/CTVR will give a talk on various aspects of his Real Wireless work in CTVR .

  • Location: CTVR Trinity College Dublin, Dunlop Oriel House, Fenian Street, Dublin
  • Date: 14th May 2013
  • Time: 12:00pm

International Ph.D. Course: “Cognitive Radios and Networks: Theory and Practice”

CTVR in cooperation with Aalborg University hosted an international course for Telecomms PhD students on 13 May 2013 in Dublin.
Demand for mobile services is increasing fast, and current wireless network technologies will soon be bottlenecks to the growth of both services and market. Furthermore, the apparent spectrum scarcity does not provide enough space for future wireless communications systems. Cognitive Radio (CR) has developed as a possible solution for coping with such problems, giving the possibility of efficiently using/re-using the spectrum resources in an autonomous and opportunistic way. This topic is much current interest by academia and industry, as demonstrated by ongoing activities in standardization bodies such as ETSI and IEEE.
This course provided an overview of the possibilities but also the issues that such a powerful concept offers, ranging from theoretical and algorithmic design to practical implementation on research-oriented software-defined radio platforms like Iris and ASGARD.
Instructors : Luiz DaSilva, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and Virginia Tech, USA; Linda Doyle, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Nicola Marchetti, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Andrea F. Cattoni, Aalborg University, Denmark; Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark; Hamed Ahmadi, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
International Ph.D. Course Sponsored by the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative (TGI), which is funded by the Higher Education Authority under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.
Program: available here.
Lecture notes:
Overview of cognitive radio concept and applications [Andrea F. Cattoni]
Techniques for determining spectrum availability [Nicola Marchetti]
Dynamic spectrum access: regulatory aspects [Linda Doyle]
Information theoretic aspects of cognitive radio (part 1) [Petar Popovski]