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.