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New industry partners for CONNECT!

Industry partnership continues to be a strong focus for CONNECT. In recent months we have completed contract negotiations with Arris, IBM, Non Linear Systems and Synopsys. The combined total of the four new research packages will be worth in excess of €800,000.

David Malone (Maynooth University) and Alan Davy (TSSG in Waterford) will work on a targeted project with IBM; Cormac Sreenan (UCC) and Dirk Pesch (CIT) will work with Arris; Ronan Farrell (Maynooth University) will work with Non Linear Systems, and Anding Zhu (UCD) will work with Synopsys.

These four companies will join several other industry partners who have already commenced targeted research projects with Connect researchers.

“There is a very attractive package of benefits for a company who works with Connect on a targeted research project,” according to Mark Cooney, CONNECT Industry Programme Manager.

“Firstly, a company will see its financial contribution to the project matched by funding from Science Foundation Ireland. This allows research projects to operate at scale and to create IP specified by the company. In addition, the industry partner also has access to a wide range of expertise among CONNECT’s world leading team of researchers.

“A wide spectrum of industry interests can benefit from CONNECT research,” he added. “This new wave of industry partners includes a household name multinational company and a small, Irish SME.”

If you are interested in discussing collaboration with us, please visit the Industry section of this website and contact our Industry Programme Managers, Mark Cooney ( and Martin Johnsson (


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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