Money Talks at CTVR April 1st

Money Talks: Bitcoins and Blockchains

Venue: CTVR Dunlop Oriel House, 34 Westland Row http://bit.ly/1BSft7U

Date: April 1st, 2015 17:30 – 19:00

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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.

Openhere 14.11-16.11 2014

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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 www.openhere.data.ie

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 www.eurothermseminar102.com.

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

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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
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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

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.