Research plays a fundamental role in the Department of Computing and Mathematics. The research centres and groups are summarised below.
- Telecommunications and Software Systems Group (TSSG)
- The Centre for INformation SYstems and TEchno-culture (INSYTE)
- Automotive Control Group (ACG)
- Game-Based Learning Research
- Mathematics Research
Founded in 1996, TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. It carries out a wide spectrum of industry-informed research in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), particularly technologies enabling communications and information services. TSSG teams comprise some of Ireland’s leading telecommunications and software researchers, experts, and engineers, working with with academic and industry leaders from around the globe. Industry collaborators include Nokia, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, as well as Tier 1 operators including Telefonica/O2, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Telenor Group, Portugal Telecom and many more. Ranked as one of the top 10 research organisations in Europe by the European Commission, the TSSG has approximately 40 active projects per calendar year, undertaken across core Research Units (RU) relating to a range of research themes.
Currently, the centre consists of
- 14 academic research staff including faculty members and postdoctoral researchers
- 20 postgraduate students registered in the Department of Computing and Maths
- 80 software researchers and engineers, adminstrative and support staff
Over the past five years TSSG has delivered innovative solutions to over 110 Irish companies, and has created 16 spin out companies in Ireland including the award winning
- FeedHenry, a groundbreaking mobile cloud platform company
- ZolkC, a leading provider of mobile technology for international visitor attractions
- KodaCall, a new ‘Click to Call’ Technology.
Since 1996, TSSG has become an important catalyst for driving economic change in the South-East region, transforming brilliant research ideas into start-up companies. TSSG, the ICT centre of excellence, currently consists of over 100 research scientists and engineers, and manages an active international network in excess of 450 partners from industry, academic and research institutes spread across 35 countries worldwide. It creates economic impact by translating its knowledge base and innovation into leading edge products and services by continuing its engagement with Industry in collaborative R&D, knowledge generation and transfer.
Further information is available at https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/tssg.
INSYTE was established in 2001 based upon research stretching back to 1991. INSYTE operates at the edge of digital system paradigms, exploring how they can be best deployed in emerging organisational settings and contexts. INSYTE looks at how to make new waves of digital systems useful for modern organisations,how social systems ideas can enlighten technical developments, and how technical developments can inspire new forms of effective social interaction. The Centre offers insights into how technological and social systems can be codesigned to deliver great solutions that benefit all stakeholders, and the impact these systems have on societies.
INSYTE has published new frameworks by which these systems can become drivers for development and growth. The Centre produces methodologies, tools and techniques for driving excellence in systems management, design and delivery.
INSYTE has published in well over one hundred peer-reviewed academic papers regularly appearing in conferences, international journals, book chapters and books, as well as dozens of government and international agency reports. INSYTE has organised two special issues of international journals and has agreed a third for 2017. INSYTE research involves highly complex settings including large-scale ERP deployments, supply-chain systems, systemic risk in financial services systems, e-agriculture knowledge networks, community-informatics, micro-finance services in developing countries and telemedicine deployment frameworks for post-war regions.
INSYTE has an established post-graduate research programme at both MSc level and PhD level which has produced over 25 graduates. The Centre developed the MSc in Information Systems Processes which has produced approximately 200 graduates. INSYTE has partners in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Africa and Asia, and has attracted funding from the EU, national and other bodies. In the past four years INSYTE has hosted two international conferences in the School (SWIIS 2012 and EUTIC 2013), and in 2016 will host the World Peace Congress (WPC 16) at WIT and co-sponsor the IFAC Conference for Technology, Culture and International Stability in the Western Balkans (TECIS 2016). INSYTE currently involves
- 6 members of academic staff
- 3 postgraduate students
Ongoing Research Projects
- Information Systems through a Socio-Technical Lens: A Soft Systems Engineering Approach to Systems Risk
- Complex Information Systems Development and Deployment Processes: A GT Study of TCK
- Information Software Systems and Technology Development Methodology for Agriculture and Knowledge Management (ISTRAK)
Further information is available at https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/science/insyte.
WIT’s Automotive Control Group (ACG) has been at the forefront of applied research in automotive software and electronics since 2000. Since that time, the group has built up an international reputation for high calibre graduates through its industry–oriented research programmes and undergraduate embedded systems curriculum. Graduates of the group are employed by many of the leading international automotive manufacturers and suppliers such as Jaguar Land Rover, Red Bull Racing, Peugeot Citroen, Ford, Continental, SAIC and many others. Systems developed by the group’s graduates can be found in many current-model road vehicles around the world.
ACG currently involves
- 2 members of academic staff
- 1 postgraduate student
Futher information is available at https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/science/automotive_control_group.
Game-based Learning (GBL) Research: The group aims to facilitate the design and integration of games for learning and training purposes. It conducts research in the field in an attempt to:
- 1. Collect and analyse data pertaining to the challenges and opportunities for this medium in formal education (including vocational training),
- 2. Analyse how the design underlying game-based educational solutions can be tailored to improve both educational and motivational outcomes,
- 3. Diffuse information and knowledge pertaining to this field, including organising training and workshops.
Further information is available at https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/research_groups/science/game_based_learning1.
There currently are five research–active mathematics lecturers who are supervising (wholly or in part) four PhD students. There are two researchers in the TSSG with mathematics backgrounds and the challenge for the Department will be to form a cohesive research group around these two cohorts. The Maths and Physics Seminar Series is the longest running seminar series in WIT. It affords an opportunity for researchers within the Institute and invited guests to present their latest work.