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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Session B: Connecting the IoT - Bios, Talks & Abstracts


Linda Doyle
Bio: Her expertise is in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices. She has raised over €70 million in research funding in the past deca de and has published widely in her field. Prof. Doyle has a reputation as an advocate for change in spectrum management practices and has played a role in spectrum policy at the national and international level. Currently she is a member of the National Broadband Steering Committee in Ireland, and is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board in the UK.
Prof. Doyle is on the advisory board of Wireless@KTH in Sweden. She is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is on the Board of the Festival of Curiosity – a STEM outreach activity for children based on a city-centre yearly science festival. She is also a judge in the BT Young Scientist, Ireland’s premier science competition for school children. She is on the Boards of the Douglas Hyde Gallery and Pallas Studios. Prof. Doyle is a Director of Xcelerit and SRS, two CTVR/CONNECT spin-outs.
Talk Title: What’s trending in the communications world? 
Jim Somers
Eblana Photonics
Bio: Obtained a B. Eng ( Electronics ) from University of Limerick ( Ire ) and M. Sc. ( Ind. Eng ) from the University of Tennessee. Before joining Eblana Photonics as CEO, he worked at Bourns Inc, a global manufacturer of automotive electronic components, circuit protection, magnetic and resistive products as a General Manager with responsibility for a $30M Worldwide Business Unit spanning multiple product lines in the electronic component industry. For fifteen years prior to Bourns, Inc he worked at Verbatim Corp. a leading global manufacturer and distributor of Data Storage and computer related products headquartered in North Carolina, USA in a variety of roles including engineering, product development, marketing and sales management in various locations such as Ireland, Hong Kong, Japan and the US.
Talk Title: Current and future lasers for optical communications networks 
Torsten Wipiejewski
Business Development Manager
Huawei Technologies 
Bio: Dr. Torsten Wipiejewski joined Huawei Technologies in 2014 and is responsible for the European business development of Huawei’s Hardware Engineering Institute. Previously, Torsten was a partner at the venture capital firm VNT Management Oy. He was also CEO of Optogan a company based in Finland and Germany, Chief Operations Officer at Firecomms Ltd. in Cork, Ireland as well as Vice President of the Photonic Components group at ASTRI in Hong Kong and Director at Agility Communications in Santa Barbara, CA, USA.  He also held management positions at Infineon, Osram, and Siemens in Germany.
Torsten received a “summa cum laude” Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ulm, Germany in 1994. He has been an executive member of several international conferences, the General Chairman of Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) in 2008 and chaired the iNEMI Optoelectronics Chip-Level Roadmap in 2004. A senior member of IEEE LEOS and CPMT, Torsten has authored or co-authored more than 120 publications and over 30 patents and received several awards. 
Talk Title: Challenges and Opportunities for the Communication and Information Technologies

Abstract: Communication has always been important for all people’s life. Initially, the telephone provided a new service of talking to people who are far away. Then the internet provided a new platform for the exchange of data by emails and by the access to information database systems. Later the technology platforms merged and data and voice traffic are using the same platform now. Besides fixed networks, mobile communication came up and provided voice and short messages connections for people anywhere and anytime. Then the era of smart phones brought the convergence of voice and data also to the mobile world. Now mobile technology dominates the connection to the individual user through 3G, 4G or WiFi networks, whereas the fixed network infrastructure provides the high bandwidth backbone for communication. Optical technology covers almost all long distance connections and even high speed short distance interconnects. Electrical connections are only used for very short distances inside router or computer racks due to the lower cost at present. 

The high quality of voice communication over distance and the huge capacity of the optical communication network enabled new business models where service providers around the world can serve customers around the world independent of the actual location of service providers and customers. Call centers and cloud data centers are examples for this kind of new business. Distances become irrelevant. This is an important technology basis for the global economy. Also social networks are based on the low cost exchange of data in the form of text, pictures, and videos around the world. The data transfer capacity demand is fueled by the wide spread adaption of new businesses. New applications such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and technologies such as high definition (HD) movies and 3D movies will drive the demand for higher bandwidth even more. Other new applications include the Internet of Things (IOT), mobile health, and autonomous driving. For the IOT the anticipated number of nodes is huge, but the bandwidth demand for each could be small. For autonomous driving the biggest challenge will be the very low latency requirement and the redundancy and security of the connection. This is one of the important drivers for higher bandwidth 5G wireless networks.

The electronics industry has been providing components with higher performance at a lower cost for several decades. This trend must continue to enable the wide adaption of these new applications. From the technology point of view, the components must become smaller in size by shrinking dimensions and higher integration. This can be achieved on chip level, but also on package and system level by hybrid integration, high density packages, and system-in-package designs. For optical transceivers (TRX) Silicon photonics is an emerging technology that could enable hundreds of input-output channels on a relatively small integrated chip. Many technology challenges still need to be addressed such as the connection of the integrated TRX Si chip to many optical fibers on a small space. Also the number of optical channels should increase for the same transceiver cross-section area. Multiple core fibers and multi spatial transmission on multimode fibers are in discussion as well as new encoding formats.  

Paul Townsend
Head of Photonics Centre

Tyndall & Director of IPIC

Bio: Prof. Townsend has more than 25 years’ experience as a scientist and research leader. He has worked in leading international research laboratories including Bell [Paul Townsend 3]  Communications Research, British Telecom and Corning, and is currently Head of the Photonics Centre at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork in Ireland, which comprises 150 researchers who work on many key aspects of photonics spanning from materials to systems. Since June 2012 he is also Director of the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), a collaborative R&D centre with 20 international industry partners that focuses on technologies for the med-tech and communications sectors. He is an internationally-recognised expert in advanced photonic communication systems. In particular, he is known for his pioneering work on quantum key distribution in optical networks, and for world-leading demonstrations of high-capacity broadband access networks.
Talk Title: Fibre-to-the-everything networks
Mark Bannon
VT Networks
Bio: Founder and CEO of VT Networks, Irelands only nationwide IoT network dedicated to LPWAN. 
Talk Title: Building Ireland’s first nationwide IoT Network
Abstract: A discussion on how VT’s low power wide area IoT Network, powered by SIGFOX technology, is transforming business models across the world. The presentation will take a in depth look at how the network in Ireland was built in under 8 months, Research and educational programs run by VT, connectivity as a BOM cost for global OEMs, security and anti-jamming features, capacity of the network and a demo of the end to end connectivity.
Peter O'Brien
Head of Group - Photonics Packaging & Deputy Centre Director
Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC)
Bio: : Prof Peter O’Brien received a degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, Masters and PhD in Physics from University College Cork. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He also founded a photonics company specialising in bio-imaging, which he sold in 2009. Prof. O’Brien is now head of the photonics packaging group at the Tyndall Institute and Deputy Direct of the Irish Photonics Integration Centre. He is also an adjunct Professor at the College of Optical Science, University of Arizona in Tucson. Since establishing the photonic packaging group, he has built a research team who address challenges in the area of highly integrated photonic devices for applications in communications, medical devices and sensors. The group has established strategic research collaborations with institutes including UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Caltech, CERN, IMEC, CEA-LETI and Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz. Most recently, his group was selected by the European Commission to host the world’s first photonics packaging and integration Pilot Line, a 14M Euro initiative to support European industry develop advanced photonic products beyond prototypes.
Talk Title: Addressing challenges in integrated photonics manufacturing

Abstract: Europe has invested heavily in programmes to advance Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), resulting in the rapid growth of highly innovative PIC-based solutions for a wide range of applications and markets. Much of this activity has focused on the PIC device. However, significant challenges remain in the area of device integration and packaging. These challenges block users from commercialising full system solutions, and greatly limit the uptake of PIC technologies. This presentation will give an overview of optical, electronic, thermal and mechanical requirements for packaging of PIC devices.  The presentation will also describe new European and Global initiatives to accelerate the commercialisation of PIC technologies.

Anita Maguire
Vice President for Research
University College Cork
Bio: Anita undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at UCC (B.Sc. 1985, Ph.D. 1989). Following postdoctoral research first at Namur, Belgium then at the University of Exeter, UK she returned to the Department of Chemistry in UCC in 1991, initially as a College Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry in 2002, and was appointed in 2004 to the newly-established Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, jointly in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy, playing a leading role in development of the School of Pharmacy in recent years. Since her appointment at UCC she has played a strategic role in the development of teaching and learning, including the introduction of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at undergraduate level for the first time.
Over the past twenty four years at UCC she has led an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally.  She is very committed to postgraduate education, ensuring the research students gain the skills required to underpin their future careers; 40 PhD and 6 MSc students have graduated from her research team since 1997, most of whom have developed careers within the pharmaceutical industry both in Ireland and internationally.  In addition over 37 Postdoctoral Researchers have worked within the team, many of whom have progressed to careers in industry.
She is Director of the interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility established under PRTLI3 and is currently lead PI from UCC in the SFI Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre, led through University of Limerick ( ). In addition she jointly leads the Synthesis strand of the SSPC with Prof Pat Guiry, UCD. She has served as Head of the Department of Chemistry (2005-7) and Head of the School of Pharmacy (2009-10). She was elected to the Governing Body of University College Cork in December 2003 and served two terms until December 2011. She was appointed as Vice President for Research and Innovation in January 2011. She was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. She is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Bergen since 2011.
She is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, STI policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and the Irish Research Council. She chaired the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) in recent years.  She also chaired the Advisory Science Council Task Force on The Role of PhDs in the Smart Economy which reported in December 2009.
She is a member of the Boards of Tyndall National Institute, Molecular Medicine Ireland, ICHEC and the SFI Centre Governance Committees for Insight, APC, Infant, IPIC, Amber and MaREI.  Internationally she is a member of the Management Board of the National Research Network in Health and Life Sciences (Wales), one of just two international members on the board.
Liam Barry
Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, a PI for SFI & Director of  the Radio & Optical Communications Laboratory
Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC)
Bio: Liam received his BE (Electronic Engineering) and MEngSc (Optical Communications) degrees from UCD in 1991 and 1993 respectively. From 1993 until 1996 he was employed as a Research Engineer in France Telecom's Research Laboratories (now known as Orange Labs), and as a result of this work he obtained his PhD Degree from the University of Rennes. In February 1996 he joined the Applied Optics Centre in Auckland University, as a Research Fellow and in 1998 he took up a lecturing position in the School of Electronic Engineering at DCU. From 2006 to 2010 he served as Director of The Rince Institute, an interdisciplinary research centre with over 100 researchers.  He is currently a Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering, a Principal Investigator for Science Foundation Ireland, and Director of the Radio and Optical Communications Laboratory. His main research interests are; all-optical signal processing, hybrid radio/fibre communication systems, wavelength tuneable lasers for reconfigurable optical networks, and spectrally efficient optical systems. He has published over 500 articles in international peer reviewed journals and conferences, holds 10 patents in the area of optoelectronics, and is the co-founder of two start-up companies in the photonics sector.
Talk Title: Advanced photonic devices for flexible and reconfigurable optical networks

Abstract: Optical networks are traditionally designed around static point to point links which tend to be inefficient in terms of utilisation of available fibre bandwidth. The development of reconfigurable and flexible optical networks introduces the potential to dynamically (and rapidly) respond to variable traffic demands, thus significantly reducing the operating network costs and providing efficiencies in terms of bandwidth and energy consumption. This coupled with the introduction of coherent optical reception and digital signal processing into optical transmission opens up a new paradigm for flexible optical networking in which both the transmitter and receiver can be reconfigured to provide capacity on demand. This talk will outline the advanced photonic devices that are required to realise these flexible networks, and their implementation in high capacity photonic systems.

Eilís Mulcahy
HR Generalist
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Eilís is a Human Resource Generalist at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland.
Prior to this she was a HR Business Partner with Heineken Ireland based in Cork and reported to Headquarters in Amsterdam.
Having completed an M.Sc in Human Resource Management, Eilís has held a number of Human Resource operational management positions in Recruitment, Performance Management, Compensation & Benefits, Human Resource Information Systems and Training & Development during her 16+ years in the manufacturing industry. Eilís’s current role focusses on the attracting, retaining and developing key talent for Tyndall National Institute.
Eilís is also part of an internal agenda focussed on exploring programmes and actions to support the careers of female staff and students.
In support of this agenda the ‘Empowering Women at Tyndall’ programme was recently launched to create a support network for women to reach full potential, increase visibility and build confidence, a programme in which Eilís plays a key role.
Johan Baeck
Sr Sales Account Manager
Bio: Johan received an M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2001. He joined Infinera in 2001 and worked with characterization and testing of first and second generation large-scale photonic integrated circuits, from the time of first prototypes to volume production. Later, he was the product manager for Infinera’s first coherent transmission products and forays into markets such as submarine cable upgrades and low latency applications. In 2012, he repatriated to Stockholm, Sweden, to be the prime technical resource for Nordic customers. Since 2015 he is Sr Sales Account Manager, responsible for sales to one of Infinera’s strategic European customers.
Talk Title: A perspective on large-scale photonic integrated circuits, and how they let operators scale transport networks to meet capacity demands driven by IoT"

Abstract: In the past ten years, growth in Internet traffic has proven remarkably resilient despite economic booms and busts. Growth is fueled by demand from a solid stream of new applications, with the result that more users need more bandwidth than ever in their daily lives. IoT is poised to be the next growth factor, dramatically increasing the number of devices that need connectivity, thus fueling continued demands on the underlying Internet infrastructure. This talk will focus on how large scale photonics integrated circuits solve technical, commercial and operational scaling issues associated with exponential traffic growth faced by network operators

Hugo Thienpont
Brussels Photonics Team B-PHOT
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Bio: Hugo Thienpont coordinates the Brussels Photonics Team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a group of 70 researchers that focuses on photonics research and innovation. He coordinates large European networking projects and manages photonics industry projects.  Since 2012 he is Vice-Rector for Innovation and Industrial policy of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Carol Gibbons
Dept. Manager Electronics Sector & Director of ICT Commercialisation
Enterprise Ireland
Bio: Carol PhD is Director ICT Research & Innovation Commercialisation with Enterprise Ireland. Carol has considerable experience in a variety of industry sectors, most notably the ICT sector, where she has worked directly with some of Ireland's best-known ICT brands, from very early stage startup companies, right through to globally trading multi-national ICT businesses. She was a Senior EI Investment Advisor and has managed a portfolio of clients in Enterprise Ireland's commercial evaluation division and Enterprise Ireland's equity department, one of the largest equity portfolios in Europe, in terms of deal flow. Carol’s ambition is to scale Irish industry to become world leading companies, underpinned by strong research and development and ensuring that Ireland’s Research landscape in the third level sector is the driving force to this scalability.
Peter Ossieur
Senior Staff Researcher
Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC)
Bio: Dr. Ossieur received the PhD degree in electronic engineering from Ghent University in 2005. From 2005 till 2008 he was a postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium. In 2008, he became assistant professor, high-speed electronics at Ghent University, Belgium and in 2009, he joined Tyndall National Institute as a senior postdoctoral researcher. In 2011 he became a Staff Researcher at Tyndall, and in 2013 Senior Staff Researcher. His main research interest is high-speed electronics for photonic applications. He was and is active in many EU-funded projects such as PLAT4M, Fabulous, DISCUS, VISIT, C3PO, VISIT and EuroFOS. He has authored or co-authored over 80 publications and holds 2 patents in the field of high-speed electronics and fibre optics
Denis Canty
Technologist – Data Science & IoT Strategy 
Innovation Garage / Johnson Controls
Bio: Denis is the Lead Technologist for Data Science and IoT Strategy with Johnson Control’s Innovation Garage, focused at market sensing and building analytics applications to solve direct customer challenges. In the past he has worked in computer vision, energy aware computing, cloud architecture and machine learning, and has worked in both multinational and start-up environments.  In the past, Denis has worked for EMC, where he was part of their sustainability E3 group led up by Kathrin Winkler, and received the 2012 Sustainability Innovation award for an idea that achieved a patent grant. He holds a Masters in Computer Science as well as a Masters in Microelectronic Design. His research interests include the commercialisation of machine learning and artificial intelligence and the future impact of technology on sustainability. Denis is a patent holder in the area of energy efficiency optimisation of enterprise computing through cloud based data analytics solutions. Denis is also passionate about promoting STEM careers for future generations. You can find Denis on twitter @deniscanty, and read his blog at