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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Research, development and innovation at a Glance
    Athlone Institute of Technology AIT was presented with a Fulbright Award in Dublin on Wednesday 4 June Read More 26th May 2015 CIT hosts 30th Space Studies Programme 2017 Strasbourg France The International Space University ISU is proud to announce that the 30th annual Space Studies Programme SSP session will be hosted by CIT from 19 June 18 August 2017 The programme includes a one week optional English refresher course Read More 12th May 2015 WIT Recruiting 15 PHD Scholars to join its Research Informed Community Waterford Institute to Technology WIT is recruiting 15 PhD scholars across a range of disciplines as part of its prioritisation of research growth at the Institute and its commitment to developing a stimulating work environment for researchers Read More 5th May 2015 1 5M Horizon 2020 Success for CIT Research Researchers from the Nimbus Centre at CIT have been successful in winning funding for two prestigious Horizon 2020 Projects in the ICT for Energy Efficient Buildings call 2015 Read More 16th April 2015 WIT Collaborative Project Ranked Number 1 in First Horizon 2020 Funding Win The Convergent Technologies Research Group CRTG within the School of Engineering at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT is part of a major research consortium that achieved the highest rank as one of Ireland s first Horizon 2020 funding wins Read More 4th December 2014 Professor at WIT helps boost the entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem of Abu Dhabi A Professor in the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT travelled to Abu Dhabi on 22 November as part of an OECD team to review processes and policies aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem in Abu Dhabi Read More 4th December 2014 Cork pioneering medical device company wins the 2014 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition Cork medical device company

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Vizi – Visual Customer Intelligence – Bringing your Data to Life
    University College Dublin UCD Hilary Kenna a lecturer in Design and Digital Media at IADT was the principal researcher from IADT on the project Her expertise in visualisation graphic design principles and usability was a direct fit for the requirements of the software development process in this project The project involved the research development commercialisation and successful market launch of an online data visualisation platform Hilary Kenna engaged with Twelve Horses and their customers to determine key user profiles ascertain requirements and prototype user interface designs and visualization applications The collaboration between Twelve Horses IADT NDRC and UCD resulted in Vizi This is a web based business application that uses the latest research in data visualisation web design and usability to enable business users to interrogate large multi dimensional datasets in real time in a visual web based user interface Vizi is currently being commercialised via Twelve Horses This partnership has resulted in a long term sustainable relationship between Twelve Horses and IADT In November 2010 the Vizi collaboration was shortlisted for and successfully awarded the Irish Software Association Award for Best Industry Collaboration with an Academic Institution In addition Twelve Horses has hired two IADT graduates from Visual Communication Design and Multimedia Programming in the last year Testimonials The Vizi project has enabled Twelve Horses to utilise internationally recognised R D practices in data visualization software design and usability to build a new product that solves an identified business need These skill sets would not have been available to us outside the scope of the project This kind of collaborative project is a great way for an SME to undertake innovative translational research in conjunction with academic institutions We have no hesitation in recommending academic collaboration as a gateway to innovation to the SME sector Gabrielle Stafford Managing Director

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Stalls Project – An Innovative Approach for Teaching Entrepreneurship
    on the Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship programme at the Institute The CoCo Markets held weekly in the People s Park in Dún Laoghaire is an initiative of the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council The markets host dozens of stalls that supply organic and artisan produce and crafts from local farmers growers and producers The market is managed by Ms Jackie Spillane who worked closely with IADT during the development and operation of this innovative project known as the Stalls project The key aim of the Stalls project is to teach business students how to experience live trading and to deal with specific business challenges Groups of IADT business students trade as a micro business at the market over a two week period During this time the groups are required to research and develop a suitable product or service concept They are then expected to acquire and sell the products or services at stalls at the markets Staff from IADT and the CoCo Markets provide mentoring to the students from the inception of their ideas to the completion of the project The students are assessed throughout the process on their abilities in marketing accounting and management This project has been run as part of the academic assessment requirement for the Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship programme at IADT for the past five years The success of this project has informed the development of the curriculum for the programme and for the development of the assessment strategy for the programme This project has encouraged staff to explore extending authentic project opportunities with other stakeholders in the community Testimonials The project is a great example of meaningful collaboration between two local public sector organisations the innovative use of public space such as the Markets to enhance the learning environment of third level

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Development of a Energy Monitoring System for a Renewable Heating Solution
    to green sustainable technologies Eurotech decided to develop a prototype remote monitoring system that would demonstrate the superior performance and cost benefits of the Smart Heating System The TEC Centre at Cork Institute of Technology CIT conducts research into the use of wireless sensor networks and optimal decision making tools in the management of energy usage in buildings TEC has completed numerous prototyping and innovation projects in partnership with industry Eurotech partnered with TEC in a project funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme During this project TEC developed a new prototype remote energy monitoring system that could be used to prove the performance of the Eurotech Smart Heating System The prototype is capable of monitoring in real time the source temperature air temperature in the case of air to water heat pumps internal building temperature flow rate flow temperatures and the electrical power consumption of the heat pump These parameters can be used to evaluate the true efficiency of the Smart Heating System In 2010 the energy monitoring system developed by TEC was deployed in a crèche in Co Meath and is currently gaining valuable data which is being recorded for further optimisations Eurotech aims to have a product ready for the global market in 2012 providing job opportunities for ten people when in production Due to the success of the Innovation Voucher project the Eurotech Group is in the process of submitting an Innovation Partnership proposal to Enterprise Ireland The proposal involves the evolution of the previous design with greatly increased functionality to a complete real time energy analyser system encompassing electrical energy and various forms of heating systems Testimonials The TEC Centre engineers allowed our mechanical engineers exploit every opportunity to expand and improve the development to achieve the best possible results This combination of academia

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | CIT supports RedMere Technology Ltd, a highly successful Irish Start-up Company
    offers access to excellent research capability and facilities Residency within The Rubicon Centre provided RedMere with the assistance and flexibility to ramp up quickly and to concentrate on the development of their product range RedMere s product range includes innovative HDMI cables that contain a self powered chip This chip technology results in cables that are ultra thin and light and are therefore easier to bend route and disguise after installation RedMere wished to develop the capability to test the integrity of the signal transmitted by these high speed cables but lacked the embedded systems expertise required The TEC Centre forms part of the NIMBUS Centre for Embedded Systems research at CIT and has experience in applied research projects in partnership with industry RedMere partnered with the TEC Centre in a research project partly funded by an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher This partnership resulted in the development of a prototype component which is now integrated in to RedMere s new V200P product This is a second generation advanced tester designed to measure the performance characteristics of the cable assembly and confirm whether they meet the signal integrity requirements The partnership between CIT and RedMere has resulted in the establishment of an investment ready company with a high technology product range In 2010 RedMere received the prestigious Irish Technology Leadership Group Irish Times Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Stanford University California The ITLG is a prominent independent organisation that supports Irish start ups and creates visibility among US technology companies RedMere has become a quality research partner for CIT and Dr Horan is actively involved as an industry advisor for CIT s NIMBUS Centre Testimonials CIT has been a very important supporter and partner for RedMere The facilities and support provided by the Rubicon Centre helped accelerate the growth

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Blackrock Castle Observatory – Engagement with the Wider Community
    The company which currently employs eight staff is responsible for the management of the science centre and aims to provide a memorable educational and outreach experience not only in science but also in art music and culture The science centre at BCO Cosmos at the Castle is a state of the art multimedia driven exhibition The main exhibition life in the universe takes visitors on a tour of the universe in a highly interactive manner using specifically designed content viewed from large interactive cinema sized screens and individual touchscreens The BCO staff also participate in regular outreach activities involving schools parents and teachers industry the general public and community groups Blackrock Castle is also home to BCOLabs staffed by researchers from the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at CIT These researchers operate the two robotic telescopes at BCO and are engaged in developing and applying new instrumentation and technologies to support astronomy research As well as collaborating with leading astronomy research groups the BCOLabs have worked with a number of companies on instrument development projects The close integration of the public exhibition and the laboratories makes BCO a unique centre for research and education Since opening its doors to the public in August 2007 BCO has welcomed over 100 000 visitors and features regularly in the top 10 visitor attractions in Munster It has hosted a huge array of events from conferences and summer schools to weddings and festivals and acts as a showcase for Cork City Council s promotion of Cork as a tourist and business destination To date the exhibit Cosmos at the Castle has received 8 national awards and is the only Irish designed and operated visitor attraction to receive a THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement from TEA the world association for themed attractions in 2008 Testimonials Engaging with

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Accelerating Development of Best Business Start-Up
    business to contract manufacture and develop products for the pharma and cosmetics industry including Laclede s unique range of oral care products called Bioténe In 2007 Europharma Concepts became a participant start up on AIT s Midlands West Enterprise Programme Based in the Midlands Innovation and Research Centre MIRC at AIT the MWEP is a business development programme run in partnership with Enterprise Ireland which accelerates the development of knowledgebased start ups through business skills development mentoring business support and access to the resources of AIT and Enterprise Ireland Europharma also collaborated with the Materials Research Institute MRI at AIT in 2008 In 2007 Europharma secured an exclusive ten year manufacturing contract with Laclede to supply their Bioténe products to the Irish and EU markets and also secured High Potential Start Up HPSU funding from Enterprise Ireland Production commenced at a premises in Clara Co Offaly In 2008 Europharma embarked on an extensive R D programme focused on developing new products to incorporate novel enzyme technologies including a collaboration with the MRI at AIT focused on investigating the physico chemical properties of sample products At its state of the art plant in Offaly Europharma has a fully automated manufacturing process which has been granted ISO accreditation The facility enables Europharma to carry out research from idea stage to batch manufacturing stage Products are supplied to markets across Europe through a network of distributors Europharma currently employs 40 people in the Midlands and exports over 95 of its products to the EU In March 2010 Europharma won Best Business Start Up in Ireland in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards Testimonials As a start up company the MWEP at AIT provided us with the support necessary to transform our business idea into a successful business In addition to mentoring training and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Supporting Innovative Baby Product Business and Technology Development
    the product This work was funded through the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher scheme The Materials Research Institute MRI at AIT focuses on materials science including design rapid prototyping fabrication polymer processing and testing In collaboration with Shasta researchers within the MRI developed a plastic prototype of Steri Ova using 3D modelling and rapid prototyping technology The germicidal effectiveness of Steri Ova also needed to be assessed The territories of the Bioscience Research Institute BRI at AIT include toxicology and decontamination technologies The BRI conducted specific microbial testing to ensure the biocidal efficacy of the product Shasta s collaborations with the MRI and the BRI at AIT brought Steri Ova from concept to reality Steri Ova by far supersedes all other sterilisation products because of its speed size convenience and reliability Steri Ova is now patented in Ireland and patent pending in 140 countries It is currently poised for launch worldwide in partnership with one of the leading names in the baby care market Shasta won the Best Consumer Brand Identity in Ireland at the Irish Design Effectiveness Awards 2008 In 2010 Shasta was awarded Most Innovative Business of the Year by Longford County Enterprise Board and also received a recognition award from Longford Women in Business Women s Link and The Longford Leader Shasta aims to continue to develop its brand as a leading international supplier of advanced innovative baby products The company has a pipeline of further innovative products that will be developed in collaboration with AIT manufactured and distributed over the next five years Testimonials The MWEP in 2008 greatly assisted Shasta by providing structured training and support in the key commercial elements of developing and running a successful business The MRI and the BRI brought Steri Ova from concept into a prototype that we could show potential

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