Science Foundation Ireland

CONNECT researchers will digitise biodiversity

CONNECT researchers Dr Adam Narbudowicz and Prof Nicola Marchetti are supervising an interdisciplinary PhD student as part of the Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 awards.

The winning project, “Digitising Biodiversity: Landscape-Animal-Digital-Human Translations”, will develop a smart environmental monitoring system that will bring about a revolution in biodiversity quantification by delivering and interpreting dynamic high resolution biodiversity data in real time.  They will develop and integrate acoustic, visual and mm-wave all-weather radar sensors, with processing and interpretation using AI species-recognition and functional diversity tools, to address translation of information from landscapes and animals via digital means to human understanding. The project will bring about a step-change in environmental monitoring, transforming data resolution and quality, while addressing explicitly what is lost and gained through digital translation from animal to human understanding. 

Four innovative multi-disciplinary research projects at Trinity College Dublin will share a total of €2 million in funding in the inaugural Kinsella Challenge-Based E3 Multi-Disciplinary Project Awards.

The awards are made possible through the generous philanthropic support of Eric and Barbara Kinsella. Mr Kinsella is Executive Chairman of Jones Engineering Group, a Trinity engineering graduate and a long-time benefactor of Trinity who, with his wife, recently donated €30 million to the Trinity East project, the largest individual philanthropic donation to an Irish university in the history of the state.

The awards strive to foster excellent and innovative cross-disciplinary research that is inspired by the E3 global challenges or perspectives.

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.