Science Foundation Ireland

CONNECT researchers lead team to develop disruptive solutions for Irish Defence forces

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, announced €2.4 million in funding to develop disruptive solutions to challenges facing the Irish Defence Forces.

Project MISTRAL, led by Prof Holger Claussen, CONNECT Principal Investigator at Tyndall National Institute, Dr Boris Galkin, CONNECT Research fellow at Trinity College Dublin and DefOrg Liaison Capt Ken Lyons, CIS Corps, aims to develop a network of flying, automated drones to provide reliable communications for humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.

10 research teams have been shortlisted for the SFI-Defence Organisation Innovation Challenge. These teams will collaborate with the Defence Forces and compete for funding to develop disruptive solutions to a number of challenges identified by the Defence Organisation that are of broad relevance to society.

You can read the full press release here. 

You can also check out Boris’s A-Z of CONNECT research piece on drones here. 



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 and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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