Communicating Communication II – An Eames’ screening at the Glucksman, Cork.

CTVR_E-vite_PrimerwebLocation: The Glucksman, UCC, Cork.
Date: 25 May 2011
Time: 6pm – 8pm

This evening event is the second in a series inspired by the Eames’ film A Communications Primer (1953), inviting lively discussion about contemporary understanding of communication & design, questioning how we communicate complexity, and how we design for communication.

The unique Eames’ film A Communications Primer (1953) is particularly important for the way that it articulates an extraordinary insight into contemporary telecommunications, illustrating powerful concepts that remain important to the work of engineers and designers today. This film is relevant to anyone who uses information and communications technology in their day-to-day lives, whether professionally or otherwise.

The evening will be introduced by Jessica Foley, artist & Outreach person at CTVR, followed by short responsive and contextualizing presentations by Gary Boyd, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Architectural Education UCC, and Linda Doyle, Director CTVR and Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, TCD. The evening will be chaired by Denis Linehan, Lecturer at the College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, UCC.

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Talk by Prof. Simon Saunders of the Femto Forum


ffLocation: CTVR Headquarters – Dunlop Oriel House
Date: 02 March 2011
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm


CTVR will be hosting a talk by Prof. Simon Saunders on Wednesday March 2nd at 1pm


Prof. Simon Saunders is in Dublin next week for a variety of Femto Forum meetings. He is the Chairman of the Femto Forum.


Prof. Saunders will provide an overview of the femto cell market place and of the work of the Femto Forum.


The talk is open to all. It will be held in the CTVR Seminar Room – which is on the first floor of Dunlop Oriel House. The location of CTVR Headquarters can be found here.


Professor Simon Saunders is an independent specialist in wireless
communications, with a technical and commercial background in both
industry and academia. The former Chief Technology Officer of the Red-M consultancy, Simon has invented several novel wireless technologies. He currently serves on the technical advisory boards of
Picochip and Ubiquisys and the industrial advisory board at University College London. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Surrey.

Communicating Communications with Eames

eamesLocation: Science Gallery Trinity
Date: 17 February 2011
Time: 6pm – 8pm

CTVR with  Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture UCD, invite you to join us to generate a lively discussion about contemporary understanding of communication and design, particularly questioning how we communicate complexity, and how we design for communication.


Taking as our inspiration the work of Charles & Ray Eames, CTVR presents a cinema-style screening of the 23 min film A Communications Primer (1953), introduced by Linda Doyle & Jessica Foley, followed by an Illustrated Lecture presented by Hugh Campbell, which will explore the design thinking of the Eames’, using A Communications Primer as a starting point.


Funded PhD Opportunities

ctvrstickerLocation: Dunlop Oriel House, 1st floor Seminar Room
Date: 20 January 2011
Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Students and recent graduates of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and related areas who are considering a research PhD in the area of telecommunications can meet current students, post-doctoral researchers and academics working with CTVR the telecommunications research centre.

CTVR students and researchers will showcase some of the work they are doing in diverse fields relevant to the telecommunications industry. They will also outline some of the challenges the industry is facing in the near to long term future where research is needed.

The telecommunications research centre works closely with a range of industrial partners including Alcatel-Lucent, Xilinx, MA/Com, NXP, Eircom-Meteor, InTune Networks and Socowave and all research is industry-informed and industrially relevant.

BT Young Scientist Exhibition

017Location: RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Date: 15 January 2011
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

CTVR will be present at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition next year, as part of the Science Foundation of Ireland’s stand. Staff & researchers from CTVR will be on hand to chat with the public about the important work ongoing within CTVR from 9.30 am to 2.30pm on Saturday, January 15th.

We are presenting early outcomes from a current workshop series entitled ‘Imagining the Internet’, and will be inviting the public to get involved in making an analogue visualization of invisible digital frequencies, with the help of detektors, developed by Martin Howse & Shintaro Miyazaki.

We also be presenting The Resistors! feature film & website, an animated TV series developed by CTVR to communicate discoveries in Science & Engineering through storytelling.


Here’s what the official website says about the BT Young Scientist Exhibition:

“In its 47th year the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The exhibition itself is the final stage in the competition which is open to all second level students from Ireland, both North and South. As well as the 520 student projects on display, there are a further four exhibition halls filled with science and technology based exhibits and entertainment, making it a thrilling event for those who enter and for general visitors too.”


The Science Foundation of Ireland will have a presence at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition from the 12th to the 15th.

FP7 Meeting






Location: Dunlop House 1st Floor Seminar Room
Date: 11 January 2011
Time: 9am – 5pm daily


From January 11th to 14th CTVR will host the FP7 project group CREW (Cognitive Radio Exploration World) for a project discussion meeting and to carry out a series of experiments.


The first experiment is a collaborative sensing experiment in which we will transmit a variety of different signals such as LTE, DVB-T, Zigbee, WiFi, wireless mics as well as many others. These signals will then be detected and sensed by various sensing platforms owned by the different members of the FP7 project group and the results analysed.


The second experiment is a collaboration between CTVR and IMEC which consists of the integration of their respective test beds to achieve a series of goals related to dynamic spectrum access. Specifically, the IMEC sensing equipment will be used to sense a band of frequencies and determine whether or not specific channels in this band are busy. The CTVR test bed IRIS will then use this information to decide which of the channels would be the most suitable to transmit on at any given moment.


The remainder of the meeting will be focused on assignment of tasks for future deliverables and to discuss future goals of the project as a whole.

EM-Dublin: Exploring the Spectrum of Dublin City


  CTVR Disruptive Design Team workshop in conjunction with Dublin’s Darklight Film Festival.



Location: Grandsocial, Liffey Street (formally Pravda)
Date: 30 October 2010
Time: at 1pm

Discussions of public space often reference the physical architectonics of the city, overlooking the instrumental role of less tangible infrastructures in shaping the characteristics of a public arena. Acoustic arenas, electromagnetic spaces and their corresponding digital territories also play a role in shaping our urban environment, but the immateriality of these geographies means they are often overlooked. This workshop focuses on ‘hertzian space’, referencing the dense cloud of electromagnetic signals that traverse the urban environment, and its political role with respect to Dublin city.

This workshop will explore the role that electromagnetic spectrum and corresponding issues of ownership and access play in shaping public space in Dublin City. Following this overview we will identify, through group discussion and workshops, tactics for engaging with the electromagnetic spectrum: How can we, through data visualization or sonification, make people aware of the materiality of electromagnetic spectrum? What role might media art and design play as tactical interventions to engage with the social and political issues of spectrum allocation

Workshop Facilitators:

Professor Linda Doyle, artists Sven Anderson and Rachel O’Dwyer (CTVR- TCD), Marie Redmond (TCD) and guest artist Shintaro Miyazaki (Humboldt University Berlin).

Shintaro’s practice includes the design of custom made detektor hardware, which sonifies and records electromagnetic emissions from a diverse range of sources including WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS, mobile phones and everyday electronic devices operating in cities.


Lecture and group discussion on Spectrum with a focus on TV white space, principally lead by Linda Doyle.

Workshop exploring the electromagnetic geography of Dublin City through sonification and inviting creative innovations from participants, principally lead by visiting artist Shintaro Miyazaki.