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  

PhD paper wins award

EMCSR12   08 May 2012

Jessica Dylan-Foley, first year PhD student of CTVR at Trinity College, won the prestigeous Ludwig Bertalanffy Young Scientist Award at the PhD colloquium of the 21st meeting of the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems research held in Vienna, 10 – 13 April 2012.

The organizing committee of the EMCSR 2012 encourages scientists of pre doctorate and early post-doctorate stage to present and discuss interdisciplinary research papers within a special EMCSR 2012 PhD Colloquium & Award scheme. The EMCSR 2012 PhD Colloquium & Award (EMCSR PhD-Day) is designed to facilitate the distribution and discussion of interdisciplinary research work of pre-doctorate and early post-doctorate scientists in all fields within the scope of the EMCSR 2012. The maximum number of participants of the EMCSR 2012 PhD Colloquium & Award is six; each participant has to pass a thorough review about quality and the interdisciplinary relevance of the submitted paper.


Artificial Intelligence for Telecommunications & Sensor Networks Workshop on

20 February 2012

CTVR academics will co-chair an international workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Telecommunications and Sensor Networks  on August 27th 2012. The workshop will run alongside ECAI, the leading conference on Artificial Intelligence in Europe.

Further details on the CTVR workshop are available here.

Further details on ECAI 2012 are available here.

Art, Activism & Economics

qr-web  14 February 2012





CTVR invites Alessandro Ludovico (editor of Neural), Paolo Cirio (artist) and Tatiana Bazzichelli (artist/theorist) to explore the links between art, activism and economics.

Data 51.0 brings together an international selection of media artists and theorists to explore the links between activism, art and business. Where open source, hactivism, and media art are still presented as ideologically opposed to the logics of information capitalism, the reality is that many hackerspaces receive corporate funding, open source platforms and user-generated content for the basis for many commercially oriented applications and much of the dominant media art of today is to varying degrees reliant on the financial trajectories of technological R&D.


Rather than denying this relationship or refusing to engage with the corporation, we want to ask how artsists and activists might use their position in the market and their creative tools to critique, disrupt, or even potentially reshape commercial spaces from within.

Thursday February 16th, 18:00 – 20:00

Studios 1 & 2, Science Gallery, Trinity College

E.T.S. Walton Awards for CTVR

Glode image replacement

09 December 2011

Two high-calibre international scientists will join CTVR for 2012, supported by E.T.S. Walton awards from SFI.

Dr Marc Hodes from Tufts University will join the CTVR Thermal team in UL. Dr. 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.

Allen Mackenzie from Virginia Tech will join the Wireless team at TCD. His interests are in the areas of Wireless Communications, Multihop Wireless Networks, Applications of Game Theory and Decision Theory, Sensor Networks, Mobility Modeling.

Marc and Allen will strengthen CTVR’s collaborations with Virginia Tech and will initiate a new collaboration with Tufts, as well as enhancing the CTVR research programme.

Matthias John wins CST University Publication Award 2011

CST  09 December 2011




A CTVR paper authored by researchers at DIT has been awarded a prestigious top university short paper award for 2011 by CST. The paper is titled “Miniature Ceramic Dual-PIFA Antenna to Support Band Group 1 UWB Functionality in Mobile Handset” and was published in IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, January 2011.


The Antenna team at DIT also won this award in 2008 when the winning paper was “Wideband Reconfigurable Rolled Planar Monopole Antenna”, prepared in collaboration with Prof. Zhi Ning Chen of the Institute for Infocomm Research I2R, Singapore.


The CST University Publication Award is an annual grant to university institutes and researchers for their work in the application of 3D EM field simulation. Submissions are evaluated on a number of criteria including originality of the application or the theory, clarity of presentation, as well as the skilful usage of CST software features. There is a special award for short papers which acknowledges the importance of short conference papers in promoting the practical application of simulation. Papers must be authored or co-authored by university researchers, published either in scientific journals or conference proceedings, and the numerical results are entirely or in part obtained through simulation using CST software products.


For more information on the CST award see here:

CTVR strong competitors in Thesis in 3


Clarity UCD  29 November 2011




CTVR’s Alexandre Papadopoulos (UCC) and Ahmed Selim (TCD) were strong competitors in the 2011 Thesis in 3 competition on November 9th in the Mansion House. The competition is an ‘elevator pitch’ for PhD work. Each presenter has three slides and only one minute per slide to present what may be four year’s of their work. Ahmed and Alexandre were selected from the Centre’s 23 PhD students to compete for CTVR and their excellent presentations can be found here:

Ahmed Selim

Alexandre Papadopoulos

Both did an excellent job of explaining their very complex work in telecommunications to a scientific, though not domain-expert, audience. Speaking after the event Ahmed said “I really enjoyed the event. The competition was not easy, and I’ve learned how to make my ideas clear and simple so that the people can understand my work easily.” For Alexandre, it “was really an eye-opening experience that set a tough intellectual challenge. I surely want to work on this.”

The standard of the presentations from all speakers was very high. Congratulations to Alex and Ahmed and to the winning presentation from Eva Szekely.

For more information see the Thesis in 3 website.

CTVR: Building the Networks of the Future

26 August 2011

We are increasingly dependent on the infrastructure of our information networks, but to get the most out of them we will need novel ideas to maximise their capabilities. An Irish research centre is leading some innovative approaches to do just that

Imagine never being held up in traffic again because of a hole in the road dug by a telecoms company. Given the almost continuous excavation activity of the companies and their contractors this might appear to be an impossible dream.

But it could be a reality thanks to the work of the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTVR) which specialises in designing the wireless and optical networks for the future.


Irish Times: 26 August 2011

Successful Secondary School Summer Internships

25 August 2011

CTVR hosted two Secondary School students on a 3 week internship during July/August. Daragh and Robert were tasked with finding creative ways to investigate, measure and visualize the digital city – which they did with gusto! They used detekordevices (which make audible the radio signals around us) to generate audio recordings around the trinity campus, mapping the signals strength according to the strength of the audio. They used Prezi to collate diagramatic maps, audio, video and text of their findings. Daragh & Robert also created a Prezi of their version of a History of Telecommunications.



Daragh and Robert presenting their Prezi’s

The students made presentations of their findings to the CTVR researchers at the end of their final week with us in August. We would like to thank Dara and Robert for engaging so fully & enthusiastically with the project, and for sharing their research with the wider CTVR team.

CTVR Partner announces boradband investment

29 July 2011

CTVR Partner Eircom has announced a €100M investment in its broadband network. For full article see: