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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Support for the development and testing of new lighting products
    development of CIMSS provided an excellent opportunity for the school to further engage in world class research The CIMSS research agenda created a critical mass of coordinated mechatronic and sensor research activity and commanded a strongly positioned application niche within industries such as agriculture manufacturing health and renewable energy In 2013 the CIMSS CIDS Centre for Innovation in Distributed Systems research centres merged to establish the IMaR Gateway Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID funded by Enterprise Ireland as part of the Technology Gateway network This Gateway is actively involved in a range of collaborative research projects including the co ordination of an FP7 project and several Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnerships in the fields of mechatronic and sensor development and RFID expertise with both national and multinational companies These include BorgWarner BERU Systems Dairymaster Fraunhofer IPA in Germany IRIS in Spain Bolton Electronics UK Kostal Ecolight Liebherr Group Altobridge Universal Trace and Central Solutions As a result of the relationship established in 2008 between Ecolight and the CIMSS research group Ecolight requested that CIMSS engage in collaborative activity around new product development which included the development of electronic control and automation systems embedded software development electronic hardware design manufacture Printed Circuit Board layout and system test From 2009 to date grant support has been critical in facilitating on going research collaboration between Ecolight and CIMSS to foster the growth and development of the start up company through R D This has included a range of Enterprise Ireland funding supports with innovation vouchers in 2009 2010 and 2011 contributing to the costs of the development and testing work In 2012 an IT Tralee President s Masters Bursary worth e22 000 with an Ecolight in kind contribution of e5 000 provided dedicated postgraduate support for the company Further support to help the Ecolight business

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3494-2014-support-for-the-development-and-testing-of-new-lighting-products (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Research into support of food tourism networks
    also provides continuous professional development programmes of specific practical application to the industry it serves e g the IAHT is the sole provider of the national trainee hotel manager programme delivered through an innovative blended learning approach incorporating traditional classroom learning with work based learning and on line classes and tutorials Fáilte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority with a remit to support the tourism industry and work to sustain Ireland as a high quality and competitive tourism destination Fáilte Ireland identified food tourism as a growing market segment and is working towards the goal that Ireland is recognized by visitors for the availability quality and value of our local and regional food experiences which evoke a unique sense of place culture and hospitality Food tourism networks are key facilitators in developing food tourism in Ireland Optimally performing food tourism networks play a major role in the establishment of reputable food tourism destinations which in turn attract increasing numbers of food tourists annually The IAHT applied for funding under the Fáilte Ireland Applied Research Scheme in 2011 12 to examine how food tourism networks can be supported The application was successful and the IAHT was funded to complete the collaborative research project Managing Food Tourism Networks A Practical Manual The primary objective of this research project was to develop a tool which captured best practice in supporting the development of food tourism networks and optimising their performance The IAHT researchers collaborated with a number of networks in the hospitality and tourism sector in order to complete this project The resultant manual produced disseminates best practice in managing food tourism networks to the wider hospitality and tourism sector It is available at www iaht eu As a result of the expertise established in the area of Food Tourism Networks the

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: IT Tralee receives UNESCO Chair in Inclusive P.E., Sport, Fitness and Recreation
    has an esteemed international reputation for leadership in inclusion and adapted physical activity This includes development of the APA Adapted Physical Activity Honours Degree Masters programmes the European Fitness Inclusion Training for Work EFITW Leader the Cara Centre the National Centre for APA Campabilities a residential camp for visually impaired children and the Surf to Heal Kerry project In May 2013 it signed an agreement with UNESCO establishing the Chair for Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities through Physical Education Sport Fitness and Recreation Some of the major challenges of modern times are addressed by the Chair activities including healthy and active aging and tackling societal challenges such as inclusion and wellbeing The Chair activities extend across such disciplines as education and training adapted physical activity social sciences the arts music and dance social entrepreneurship health pedagogy assistive technologies ICT policy and development work The UNESCO Chair activity in the IT Tralee is facilitating the inclusion of people with disabilities in PE and Sport with the view to influencing both policy and practice A range of activities are currently being progressed including Actively engaging with governments to advance their investment in and policies around PE and sport Working closely with UNESCO to shape future resources in PE Sport Fitness and Recreation to facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities Promoting an integrated system of research training information and documentation in the fields of inclusive physical education adapted physical activity sports and fitness for social inclusion of people with disabilities Advancing the research agenda and developing a suite of postgraduate educational and training programmes IT Tralee s UNESCO Chair has contributed to MINEPSV UNESCO World Sport Ministers Senior Officials Conference Berlin in May 2013 which resulted in the Berlin Declaration a blueprint for global policy and practice for the coming

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3496-2014-it-tralee-receives-unesco-chair-in-inclusive-p-e-sport-fitness-and-recreation (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Materials analysis to resolve cable installation issues for an energy company
    looking for Finite Element Analysis capability as a means to resolve cable installation related issues The South East Applied Materials SEAM Technology Gateway at Waterford Institute of Technology possesses a commercial licence for the ANSYS FEA software package and the necessary expertise required to resolve issues such as those posed by ESBI SEAM led by Dr Ramesh Raghavendra believes strongly in the importance of communication with clients during the course of the project in order to achieve a successful outcome With this principle SEAM worked closely with the ESBI during the project duration with four on site meetings at predetermined milestones Each meeting had comprehensive presentations on the work that had been completed up to that date to ensure the project was proceeding to the satisfaction of ESBI The completed project was then presented at the ESBI headquarters in Dublin to a wider audience involving a large group of engineers Finally an eighty page report containing all the results and the project methodology was submitted to the ESBI for their records This work which was fully funded by the company aided ESBI in the continued upgrading and maintenance of the electricity distribution system in Ireland providing energy security to the country This project also forged a strong relationship between SEAM and ESBI which continues to grow with the former taking on cable qualification and analysis projects for the company One example of this is the validation testing of high tension power cables sourced from outside the country Japan It was an expensive process sending representatives so far afield for the duration of the testing For this reason SEAM was tasked with developing suitable testing methodologies and equipment infrastructure to undertake these qualification tests in Ireland These tests range in complexity from standard tensile tests to electrical performance tests to ensure

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3497-2014-materials-analysis-to-resolve-cable-installation-issues-for-an-energy-company (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Improving the design and usability of a customer feedback application
    be optimised and did not allow for easy management of questions in a fluid and real time fashion Instant Opinion also wished to improve the functionality of their mobile input site The company recognized the need to access expertise in this field and wanted to apply cutting edge design to improve their overall product offering which resulted in their contact with Telecommunications Software Systems Group TSSG TSSG is an advanced R D centre hosted at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT with a current head count of over 110 staff Over the last five years TSSG has completed more than 120 industrial projects It has an enviable track record in accessing European Framework Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland funding TSSG s research areas lie in services platforms services applications web based networks service enabling service management policy performance and monitoring and network services QoS communications and IPTV The key activities in this project required two teams Design and Usability and Mobile Services in TSSG to work with the company The Mobile Services unit assisted the company in identifying the improved usage and intuitive functionality of their mobile inputs site The design service offered by the TSSG helped in redesigning the user interface and modifying and simplifying the moderator s workflow The team in TSSG also created the necessary graphical resources and helped to ensure that the new interface was not only simpler to use but also had a stronger visual appeal This project was funded through an open call for Innovation Vouchers through Enterprise Ireland The work undertaken by WIT resulted in a redesigned interface for Instant Opinion s customers It solved a number of problems including adaptability to a wide range of potential display devices and intuitive control functionality The redesigned interfaces moved the product up the value chain

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3498-2014-improving-the-design-and-usability-of-a-customer-feedback-application (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile: Dr. Thomaé Kakouli-Duarte: Biotechnological methods to provide environmental solutions.
    such as the EPA the DAFM IRCSET and the HEA TSR This enabled her to establish the Molecular Ecology and Nematode Research Group which in turn was catalytic for the founding of EnviroCORE the most active and productive centre for research and innovation in IT Carlow which focuses on the wider area of environmental research In progressing her group s research agenda 2 PhD and 2 MSc scientists have graduated while a further 6 postgraduate students are currently being supervised Dr Kakouli Duarte s group has so far produced 7 peer reviewed publications in international journals 43 oral and poster presentations in specialist national and international conferences and 2 technical reports In addition she has been the main motivator and chief scientific organizer of 2 international symposia on nematodes as environmental indicators in 2007 in Heriot Watt University Edinburgh UK and in 2012 in Ghent University Belgium She has been invited to organize chair and convene many thematic sessions in international congresses and has participated in numerous national and international committees and working groups She is a reviewer in 7 specialist international journals and acts as PhD external examiner in NUIM NUIG Ghent University Belgium and King s College London UK Dr Kakouli Duarte s international reputation was greatly enhanced in 2009 when she co edited the first volume on nematodes as environment indicators This was a landmark publication in the field and the only textbook available in this niche area internationally In addition to raising her own profile as a leading international expert this achievement also helped to promote the wider EnviroCore research centre and IT Carlow to potential funders and collaborators worldwide Dr Kakouli Duarte aims to continue and further the research work she has initiated in IT Carlow Her long term goal is to establish the first

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile: Dr. Fergal McCaffery - World class leader in medical device software process development
    Lero Fergal obtained EU FP7 Artemis funding for the CHARTER project which was cited as an exemplar flagship project by the European Commission He is active and committed to commercialising his research work having been involved in 3 Enterprise Ireland commercialisation projects serving as Principle Investigator for 2 of these He is also currently progressing an Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund feasibility project and anticipates spinning out several companies from his research Company collaboration is a further key priority and Dr McCaffery has recently completed an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership feasibility study with Escher Ltd As a result of this success Fergal is recognized as a world class leader in medical device software process development His team is currently developing process assessment models for ISO IEC 62304 ISO IEC 330XX IEC 80001 1 and IEC 80001 2 2 He is an Irish expert for both international software process standards and international medical device software standards Indeed he was selected as a member of the SPICE Academy consisting of 17 of the world s leading software process improvement researchers Computing and Mathematics at DKIT in 2008 it became possible for students there to embark upon PhD studies for the first time Consequently 3 students have now successfully completed PhDs with another 8 currently being supervised Dr McCaffery has published over 150 peer reviewed publications and presented a number of high profi le national and international keynotes in relation to medical device software processes His research has featured in a number of national media articles as well as in the RTE Science Squad series of 2012 Dr Mc Caffery has built very strong links with the international medical device standards community and large US based multinational medical device companies Indeed he plans to grow his research and team to a level that will

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3500-2014-researcher-profile-dr-fergal-mccaffery-world-class-leader-in-medical-device-software-process-development (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014 Researcher Profile - Dr. Liam Morris: Developing experimental test systems to simulate cardiovascular disease
    new innovative procedures for the treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms under the guidance of Dr Patrick Delassus Liam completed a PhD at the University of Limerick under the supervision of Prof Tim McGloughlin in the Biomedical Engineering field and secured an Enterprise Ireland Proof of Concept grant to continue this research as a postdoctoral researcher 2004 2005 Liam joined GMIT in 2005 and co founded the GMedTech centre with Dr Delassus To date Liam has been involved in securing over 4 million in research funds Grant sources have included Enterprise Ireland funding for commercialisation projects and an applied research enhancement centre with a proposal ranked 1st out of all submissions in 2005 HEA Technological Sector Research funding under Strand I ranked 9th of 180 applicants in 2007 and Strand III Ranked 1st out of all of the IOTs in 2008 and funding from international bodies e g National Institutes of Health in the USA Currently Liam is involved in a research partnership with Professor Don Giddens Georgia Tech USA in a submission for an NIH Exploratory Development Research grant award This is focused on developing accurate algorithms which would provide clinicians with much improved visualisation of an implantable 3D stent structure for the treatment of coronary artery bifurcating lesions Also the GMedTech group is in discussions regarding possible NRB grant opportunities with three hospitals UHG Merlin Park Hospital and Beaumont Hospital To date Liam has graduated two PhD students and has vivas scheduled for two further candidates within the next 6 months Liam is currently supervising two PhD candidates and a Masters by research student Liam s work has generated much interest and has been published in international peer reviewed journals Furthermore some of this work has been cited by other leading researchers with over 300 citations to date based

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