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What is CONNECT?

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres programme, which has established a network of SFI Research Centres focusing on key research areas in Ireland.

CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation. We engage with over 40 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups.

Read our ‘Catalysing Impact‘ booklet (pdf) describing CONNECT’s outputs.
Read the CONNECT snapshot (pdf) outlining CONNECT’s research offering.
Read “5G & Future Connectivity: An emerging framework for Irish cities and towns” co-authored by team CONNECT team.

The CONNECT project code is 13/RC/2077_P2.

The CONNECT Governance Committee is chaired by John Travers. Members are: Helena Acheson (C3 Solutions), Sarah Bowman (Ignite, Trinity College Dublin), Leo Clancy (IDA), Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology), Carol Gibbons (Enterprise Ireland), Isolde Goggin (Competition and Consumer Protection Commission), Cian Ó Mathúna (Deputy Director, CONNECT), Ray O’Neill (Vice President for Research and Innovation, Maynooth University), Cormac Sreenan (Deputy Director, CONNECT), Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin.

The members of the CONNECT Scientific Advisory Board are: Gerhard Fettweis (Professor, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications Systems, TU Dresden), Manfred Hauswirth (Professor, TU Berlin, and managing director of Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Germany), Danny Raz (Professor, Technion, Israel, and first Director of Bell Labs Israel), Jan Rebaey (Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA), Jeff Reed (Willis G. Worcester Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA), Dominique Schreurs (Professor, KU Leuven, and chair of Leuven Centre on Information and Communication Technology, Belgium), Dimitra Simeonidou (Professor of High Performance Networks, and Director of Smart Internet Lab, University of Bristol, UK).

The members of the CONNECT Industry Advisory Board are: Martin Curley (Chief Information Officer, HSE), Declan Ganley (Chairman and CEO, Rivada Networks), Zelia Madigan (Deputy CEO and CCO, Equiendo), Deirdre Mortell (CEO, Social Innovation Fund Ireland), Simon Saunders (Access Technology Principal, Google), Frank Smyth (Co-founder and CEO, Pilot Photonics).

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