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University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led university that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. It is one of the best-funded research universities and the most successful in terms of FP7 success rates (23.7%) in Ireland. In 2010-2011, UCC had a total research income of €82 million.

Two UCC research centres are involved as work package leaders in the COMMON SENSE project: the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) and Tyndall National Institute.

CMRC Logo 2010The Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) is a key research centre within UCC. It is part of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) and the Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC). CMRC carries out applied and basic research and also works on commercial contracts with government agencies and industry. The centre specialises in specific key thematic areas in order to enhance the knowledge of marine and coastal issues in Ireland and abroad. These areas are: Coastal Processes and Seabed Mapping, Marine Geomatics, Marine Ecology, Coastal Governance, and Applied Remote Sensing and GIS.

The Marine Geomatics group of CMRC has taken a lead role in several Irish national and EU FP6 and FP7 projects, in the fields of geospatial and sensor data management, integration, and standards, interoperability of geospatial information systems, and semantic web. Website: www.cmrc.ucc.ie


Tyndall logoThe Tyndall National Institute was founded in 1982 as the NMRC (National Microelectronics Research Centre). In 2004 at the initiative of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment and NUIC, Tyndall was asked to bring together complementary activities in photonics, electronics and networking research across several UCC academic departments as well as the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). The objective was to create an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research institute in Ireland, to support industry and academia nationally. It employs more than 450 staff and students. The strengths of the institute at the present time lie in the areas of Microsystems, Photonics, Micro/Nanoelectronics, Materials, Theory, and Modelling & Design.The participants in this proposal are working within the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) group in the Microsystems centre of the institute.The Tyndall WSN team has more than 10 years of experience and knowhow in designing hardware and has also developed a WSN mote platform ('the Tyndall mote') that has been successfully deployed in more than 40 technology applications. These range from water quality monitoring and building metering to wearable sensing systems for fitness and health. Website: www.tyndall.ie


Contact Person: Yassine Lassoued (y.lassoued@ucc.ie)

Role of UCC in COMMON SENSE: CMRC is leading WP3 (Common Sensor Web Platform), while Tyndall is leading WP2 (Integrated basis for cost-effective sensors development).

Profile of Staff Engaged in the Project:
Yassine Lassoued,
PhD, Computer Science Research Fellow, CMRC. Interest and experience: interoperability, data integration and management, semantic web, metadata, and geospatial standards. Yassine has eight years of post doctoral research experience in distributed information systems, covering the conceptual design and implementation of data integration and interoperability systems based on semantic web and information integration technologies. Yassine has taken a lead role in several national, EU, and international R&D projects, such as the EU FP6 InterRisk project, the Irish Geoscientific Data Integration (GeoDI) project, the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN), and the FP7 NETMAR project.

Declan Dunne, MSc, Team leader and Computer Science Research Fellow, CMRC. Interest and experience: Data integration and GIS data delivery and visualisation. Over the past 10 years in CMRC, Declan has worked on a wide range of national and EU research projects involving GIS and computer science expertise applied to marine and coastal environmental information systems. Main interests include Spatial Data Infrastructures (including INSPIRE), OGC standards, web mapping, and data modelling. Key projects include visualisation of Irish National Seabed Survey multibeam data, Marine Irish Digital Atlas (MIDA) website middleware and database, and Spatial Data Infrastructure development in projects including Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe (InterRisk), European Coastal-shelf sea Operational observing and Forecasting system (ECOOP), Open service network for marine environmental data (NETMAR), Griffith Geomatics for GeoScience, and ESA storm surge (eSurge).

John Barton, M Eng Sc, senior staff researcher, Tyndall. John joined the Interconnection and Packaging Group of the National Microelectronics Research Centre (now Tyndall National Institute) as a Research Engineer in 1993. Currently, a Senior Staff Researcher in the Wireless Sensor Networks team where his recent research interests include ambient systems research, wearable computing and deployment of wireless sensor networks for personalised health applications. As PI on the Enterprise Ireland funded D-Systems project John has been the leader of the development of the Tyndall-UCC Wireless Sensor Mote platform. He has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers. He is Tyndall Project Manager for the €12 million CLARITY CSET, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. He was also the project manager on the ArrowHead Project for ballistic inertial measurement, which is being commercialised as Velocitip – www.velocitip.com. He has previously had vast experience in EU projects such as STAMPEDE, SIR, MULTIPLEYE, SOCIAL, PLANTS.

Brendan O’Flynn received his BE Hons in 1993, and in 1995 his M Eng Sc degree from University College Cork, National Microelectronics Research Centre. Brendan is a senior staff researcher at Tyndall and is Research Activity leader for the WSN group, directing the research activities of the group in a variety of industry funded, nationally funded and European projects. During his years of research at NMRC/Tyndall, Brendan has been institute PI or project leader in a number of nationally and internationally funded research projects. Brendan was one of the founders of Inpact Microelectronics Ireland Ltd. and has significant expertise in the commercialisation of technology. Inpact (a spin off from the National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC) specialised in the development of “System in a Package” (SiP) solutions for customers. Inpact offered a complete solution to customers enabling the development of a product concept through to volume product supply; specialising in radio frequency (RF) system development and product miniaturisation. Currently Brendan is a collaborator in the CLARITY CSET funded by SFI, is Tyndall PI on the FP7 project Genesi looking at structural monitoring using WSN technologies, is Tyndall PI on the Enterprise Ireland (EI) funded innovation partnership with Disney, and was part of the team driving the EI funded innovation partnership with Wirelite. He has secured significant funding for Tyndall in the area of development and deployment of WSN technologies for energy monitoring over the past five years. He holds the secretariat for the industry grouping WISEN investigating the industry requirements associated with wireless sensor networks development and deployment. Brendan is co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed papers has supervised a number of research students, both at MEngSc and PhD level.

Ashad Mustufa, MSc, graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has been in the field of RD&D since 2003. Ashad joined Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork as a Researcher in 2014 and has since been involved in design and development of electronics systems for industry focused research projects. He has hands-on experience of Mix-Signal System and Power-converter design for Industrial, Commercial, Defence and Aerospace sectors. During his years of experience, he worked with different reputable research organizations nationally and internationally such as NESCOM (National Engineering Scientific Commission) Pakistan, University of Pehang Malaysia, Satellite Engineering Centre Singapore, Royal Commission Yanbu Saudi Arabia, Fondazione Bruno Kessler Italia and E.On energy research centre RWTH Aachen university Germany. He cofounded and led the technical consultancy firm “eLab Solution Provider” for 4 years (www.elabsp.com). During his stay in eLabsp, he provided technical support for functional replacement of obsolete navigation system, designed testing jigs for mission critical system and provided customized real-time embedded solutions particularly for Naval-and-Maritime defence sector. He was an active team member and integration in-charge of four subsystems (X-Band, S-Band, Payload and Power supply) of Singapore’s first historical satellite mission XSAT-1, launched in April 2011. He has supervised a number of undergrad and postgrad research students and received research grants from National ICT R&D funds from HEC (Higher Education Commission) Pakistan for his supervised undergrad thesis. One of his supervised postgrad thesis received a Gold-medal in a project competition arranged by MARS Expo 2011 (Malaysian Association of Research Scientist) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

EC flag The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 614155. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.