Science Foundation Ireland

Three TIDA wins for CONNECT

Prof. Saibal Roy, CONNECT Funded Investigator at Tyndall National Institute, Dr Aleksandra Kaszubowska-Anandarajah, CONNECT Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, and Prof. Anthony Robinson, Funded Investigator at Trinity College Dublin, have been awarded Technology Innovation Development Awards (TIDA) by Science Foundation Ireland.

Saibal will work on ‘Low-cost, Wideband Electromagnetic Vibration Energy Harvesters for Powering Internet of Things’ (EMPOWER).

Tony will lead a project entitled “Copper-Diamond Composite Heat Spreaders using Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing Technique”.

Aleksandra heads up the REFLEXTION project (Real-time Flexible Transmitters for Optical Networks). The increase in bandwidth intensive applications, cloud based services and mobile communications places huge pressure on current telecommunication networks. In addition, the Internet of Things era will see  bandwidth demands escalate in the coming years, particularly in sectors such as business, entertainment and health. Working in the area of next generation optical communications, Aleksandra aims to develop an optical transmitter capable of addressing the huge demands being placed on today’s communications infrastructures.

Aleksandra’s research work will focus on developing a multi-carrier optical transmitter, which replaces the need for several independent laser sources, delivering cost and energy efficiency. The transmitter, developed within REFLEXTION, will be programmable, allowing for the dynamic optimization of the transmission parameters to best fit the bandwidth demands at any given moment and allowing the software defined networking to be extended to the transport layer of the optical network.

Prof. Saibal Roy

Prof. Saibal Roy

The SFI Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme is run in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and supports researchers undertaking applied research projects that demonstrate potential for strong economic impact. Running since 2009, the SFI TIDA programme provides project development funding and training in entrepreneurship skills to third-level researchers, to support them in exploring commercial opportunities associated with their research.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has announced €4.6 million in funding for 37 Science Foundation Ireland-funded research projects, which will facilitate the commercialisation of research across a range of disciplines in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The SFI TIDA programme is designed to enable researchers to focus on the initial stages of an applied research project, facilitating researchers with the opportunity to demonstrate the technical feasibility of their project, directed toward the development of a new or innovative technology, product, process or service that has potential for further commercial development.

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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