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. The centre is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund.

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 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups.

The CONNECT project code is 13/RC/2077.

The CONNECT Governance Committee is chaired by John Travers. Members are: Helena Acheson (C3 Solutions), Julie Byrne (Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent), Leo Clancy (IDA), Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology), Linda Doyle (Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin), 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).

The members of the CONNECT Scientific Advisory Board are: Gerhard Fettwies (Professor and Vodafone Chair Mobile Communications, 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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