EU_pic3-(1) 12 August 2012

Keith Nolan, CTVR Funded Researcher and colleague, is acting as the scientific advisor to the new ZOO Digital balloon project. ZOO Digital, in collaboration with the EU Commission, will launch a weather balloon into the stratosphere. Met Eireann are helping to facilitate the balloon launch.

The weather balloon will be launched into the stratosphere above Cahersiveen at the end of August. The experiment will examine balloon dynamics, and importantly, help promote science activities! The weather balloon will be filmed it as it expands, and it will eventually burst as Boyle’s Law predicts.

 As well as doing some science to investigate the expansion of gasses, the experiment will display some tweets as it reaches the edge of space, making them the highest tweets ever sent in Ireland.

If you’d like to have your tweet sent into space, please send your message using the #tweetsinspace.

For all of the latest information and if you wish to follow the experiment, you can do so here on facebook and twitter (@talktoeu) and here

Stay tuned as we share our scientific findings and prepare our countdown to launch!

In photo: From a roof top somewhere in Dublin EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, scientist Keith Nolan and RTE Science Squad presenter, Kathriona Deveraux launch “That’s Gas”.

Barry O’Sullivan elected ECCAI Fellow

30 July 2012

Professor Barry O’Sullivan, the Director of 4C, and CTVR Funded Researcher has been elected Fellow of the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI Fellow).

ECCAI describes the program thusly:
“The ECCAI Fellows program has been started in 1999 to recognize individuals who have made significant, sustained contributions to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe. Fellows’ accomplishments range from pioneering advances in the theory of AI, to unusual accomplishments in AI technology and applications. Usually only individuals who have made contributions to AI for a decade or more after receiving their Ph.D. (or are at an equivalent career stage) will be selected. Leadership in ECCAI or ECCAI member societies, support of forums for the exchange of ideas, and extended service for the international AI community also play a role in the selection process. Evidence of technical contribution will often be in the form of publications, but other evidence will also be considered, such as patent awards or statements of longstanding contribution to an industrial group effort. The ECCAI Fellows Program honors only a very small percentage of the total membership of all ECCAI member societies (up to a maximum of 3%).”

In 2011 only four people were elected Fellows and in 2010 only three

CTVR at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition

BTYS12-4  30 January 2012



CTVR researchers were on hand at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition to help aspiring network engineers of the future to design their own telecommunications network. Every student is connected to the telecommunications network in multiple ways – through their school broadband service and their home network, via their phones and games consoles – and uses the connections to access many different types of applications. The telecommunications research centre gave the engineers and designers of the future an insight into how a network is built, and how coverage black spots arise.

CTVR is an SFI-funded centre and was hosted at the SFI stand on Saturday 21st January,.

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