WIT is rapidly establishing an international reputation in a number of key areas of research such as telecommunications software, pharmaceutical and Molecular biotechnology, eco-innovation and applied materials.
WIT's dedicated research centres have proven track records in assisting industry to innovate, enhancing processes, products or services, which increases competitiveness within the region. Further information on our research centres and research groups can be found below:
Telecommunication Software and Systems Group
TSSG is one of Ireland’s leading advanced software ICT research centres and is a prominent player in Europe in the areas of Future Internet (through its funded research and significant participation in EU Technology Platforms). The core focus of TSSG’s research is the “Service”, thus TSSG researches software defined networking (SDN) from the perspective of the new services it enables; and TSSG researches data mining and analytics from the perspective of data driven services – i.e. new services that are possible as a result of big data research.
TSSG also leads the FAME Strategic Research Cluster; funded through Science Foundation Ireland and involving multi-national industrial partners such as Intel, Cisco, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent and EMC. Research in communications software is characterized by the convergence of a number of industries including: Internet technologies, telecommunications, broadcasting and home entertainment in the use of TCP/IP networks to deliver services over wireline and wireless networks.
The TSSG's industry engagement activities are managed through the Mobile Services Technology Gateway (MSTG - http://mstg.tssg.org/), an applied research centre, funded through Enterprise Ireland. The centre has broad collaborations with Enterprise Ireland clients, both nationally and internationally and has engaged in over 130 projects with industry in Ireland on over the past 5 years.The TSSG employs over 110 research and support staff and received over €47million in research funding from 2006 to date. TSSG has also created a number of high profile spin-off companies including FeedHenry Ltd. (http://www.feedhenry.com) and ZolkC (http://www.zolkC.com).
|Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
Director of Research
Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre
The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBrc) is one of Irelands funded Technology Gateways, and aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the South East of Ireland, by allowing companies to embed R&D into their activities.
The PMBrc consists of a 700m2 state-of-the-art facility with 34 highly-trained research personnel. The PMBrc has established links with national and international partners in industry, academia and medical care institutions.
|Dr. Niall O'Reilly
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM)
SEAM is an industry focused applied research centre, providing innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors, including bio-medical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering and industrial technologies.
SEAM offers direct consultancy, characterisation, failure analysis and strategic research partnership programs (short, medium and long term) to support industries throughout Ireland.
|Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra
Research in Innovation, Knowledge Transfer and Organisational Networks (RIKON)
RIKON is Irelands leading applied Service Innovation Centre, located in the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). RIKON’s expertise centre around business innovation and development. RIKON has significant experience working with firms of all sizes and from numerous industry sectors including Retail, IT, Tourism, Financial, Food and Beverage, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Service Providers and many more. Innovation consultants collaboratively work with companies to design, define and implement new business will models, innovative strategies, and processes which allow organisations to differentiate offerings and deliver and add real value by:
- Creating a growth strategy for business to ensure sustainability going forward
- Removing complexity and cost triggers
- Optimising the process efficiency of the business
- Designing innovative services according to customer needs
- Differentiating service offerings from competitors
- Developing actionable market strategies and plans for execution to maximise the full potential of the marketplace
|Dr. Pat Lynch
Our other areas of specialist expertise include: optics, eco-innovation, food & forestry, vision health, connected health and engineering. Further information on our research groups can be found here.