Dr Pat Kelly, CONNECT Executive Director, sends us this letter from Gothenburg…
Greetings from Seat 61 in the best connected train in Europe, the Gothenburg to Stockholm express, on board a Swedish Railways SJ2000 tilting train set. This train is reputed to have the highest speed, lowest latency connection of any railway vehicle in Europe. It is certainly travel in style, with plenty of legroom and a real dining car serving Swedish meatballs and potatoes that I can sit down and eat.
I have been attending the EUCNC Summit in Gothenburg where Merim Džaferagić is demonstrating OpenRAN technology for optimising power consumption and throughput. Martin Johnsson from the CONNECT Operations team is here also, on his home territory. Also here are CONNECT Director Dan Kilper, and visiting postdoc Irene Vila Muñoz is giving a tutorial here.
Sweden is a beautiful country, green, full of lakes and forests, and with very different architecture from what we are used to in Ireland. Everything is very relaxed here.
Today is Sweden’s National Day, and Google is flying the Swedish flag so Martin and I have celebrated with a large piece of traditional Swedish cake. Gothenburg has just celebrated 400 (and 2, due to the celebration being postponed from 2021) years, and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia were in the city the day before we arrived!
We are getting great interest in CONNECT here, another step in the expansion of CONNECT’s European footprint and visibility in the EU, with a view to our playing a greater role in shaping European communications networks of the future.
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.