Basil AlMukhtar received the B.Eng degree from Basra University, Iraq in 1991. He received the M.Eng from Basra University, Iraq in 1994. He received the Ph.D. from Electronics & Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland in 1998 and completed the Microelectronics postgraduate diploma, University of Bolton, UK, in 2013.
Basil is currently working as Member of Technical Staff, Applications Engineer in On Semiconductor, Raheen, Limerick, Ireland. From 1999 to 2001 he worked as a power design engineer in C&D Technologies Company, Shannon, Limerick, Ireland. From 2001 to 2007, he worked as a senior power design engineer in Power-One Company, Raheen, Limerick, Ireland. From 2007 to 2014, he worked as a senior power system architect in the department of power systems applications and design in Powervation, Blackrock, Cork, Ireland.
His research interests include switching power converters, FPGA development, advanced analog and digital control IC for power management systems. Basil has four patents and eight publications in power modeling and design.
Andrea Ancillao is currently a Post-Doc researcher at the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, IRL where he is working on inertial and wearable sensors for the performance evaluation of athletes.
He obtained his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Italy in 2010 and the professional qualification in the same year. Afterwards, his main professional interests were in the fields of measurements, sensors, motion capture and human movement analysis. He previously worked as Research Assistant at “Politecnico di Milano” University (IT). Subsequently he worked as Clinical Engineer at the “San Raffaele Pisana” Hospital of Rome (IT) and at the “Bambino Gesù”, Children Hospital of Rome (IT), where he took care of data processing, maintenance of the instrumentation and technical training of clinicians. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Biomechanics at the “Mechanical Measurements Laboratory” of “Sapienza” University of Rome (IT) in cooperation with “Bambino Gesù”, Children Hospital of Rome, IT, and “VUmc” University of Amsterdam, NL, in the year 2017.
Andrea Ancillao is currently author of several publications in the field of biomechanics and presentations to international congresses. He was appointed as Lecturer for “Biomechanics”, “Mechanical Measurements” and “Functional Evaluation” courses at “Sapienza” University of Rome, IT and “Politecnico di Milano” University of Milan, IT.
Medical Design Director
Eugene Canavan is the Director of the Design Partners Healthcare and Science team. With over 25 years product development experience, Eugene is an extremely accomplished creative director and recognised expert in Human Factors Engineering, having received a Master’s degree in Ergonomics from the University of Derby.
Throughout his career Eugene has been the recipient of numerous international awards including the prestigious IF Product and Red Dot Design Awards in Europe, the Good Design Award in Japan and the American IDEA award.
Eugene is also a regular guest lecturer at the Centre for Medical Device Design at NCAD and an external examiner for Product Design and Innovation at Carlow IT.
Lecturer in Engineering, Academic Member
Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy is an academic member of Tyndall National Institute and a lecturer in Engineering at University College Cork. He completed his undergraduate education at UCC before graduating with masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and has held visiting appointments at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London and the Institute for Image Guided Surgery in Strasbourg. He has co-founded two medical device start-ups and is a senior member of the IEEE. His current research interests are in electromagnetic tracking systems for image-guided interventions and the use of magnetic technology for minimally invasive surgery.
Medical Director/Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dr Cummings is a cataract and refractive surgeon. He has research interest in these areas and has published 2 textbooks and contributed 11 chapters to other textbooks. He has authored > 100 peer-reviewed and trade journal articles and presented > 400 lectures and courses worldwide. He serves on >12 medical advisory boards of eye-care companies and is principal investigator in a number of clinical trials. He is Past-President of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery and is ranked by The Ophthalmologist Magazine as one of the Top 100 most influential ophthalmologist world-wide.
Elaine is a Partner and Head of Business Consulting unit in Grant Thornton specialising in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector. Elaine has over 20 years’ experience provision of advisory services leading and managing a wide range of engagements for clients with operations in Ireland and abroad.
Key areas of expertise of the consulting unit include: project and programme management, change management, business process re-engineering, robotic process automation, GDPR assessments and data analysis as well as strategic planning, design and improvement.
Elaine is a member of Grant Thornton’s Global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group which facilitates collaboration and the sharing of best practice and experience between individual member firms.
Vice President Consulting
Andrew leads the advisory services organization of Hanley Energy to deliver value creating engagements for clients globally. His role is focused on unlocking value for clients by combining the technical, operational and strategic consulting capability of Hanley Energy.
Hanley Energy’s advisory services compliment an innovative portfolio developed to meet the current and future critical power, energy management and infrastructure demand of clients. By leveraging Hanley Energy services, clients can optimize their operational competitiveness.
With over 18 years client management and engagement experience brings a wealth of product and technology monetization insights from his roles in global telecommunications giants such as British Telecom, Ericsson and Telefonica.
Advisor & Former Business Group President
Caroline Dowling is currently an advisor, supporting start-ups, SME’s & large global companies wishing to expand their business nationally & internationally.
Caroline is the former Business Group President of Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX), a $26B, Fortune Global 500 company with 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. In this role, she led the Global Telecommunications, Compute, Networking, Cloud DC & Services Sectors, a $9 Billion group, comprised of a global team focused on product design, manufacturing and solutions for the telecom and infrastructure markets.
She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Lecturer, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Maeve Duffy received her B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway, (NUI Galway) in 1992 and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 2001, she was a research officer with PEI Technologies at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, where she worked on several European Union and industry-funded projects on the development of planar magnetics. Since 2001, she has been a lecturer in electrical and electronic engineering at NUI Galway. Her research is based in the Power Electronics Research Centre, where her interests include magnetic component design for power-supply-on-chip, wireless power transfer, energy harvesting, and renewable energy systems. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Mike Fitzgerald has 29 years experience in software and wireless networking companies. Originally a software engineer with Ericsson Mike entered the business arena in 1991, he was a Vice President of two NASDAQ-quoted companies (ADC Telecommunications and interWAVE Communications), he carried out a Management Buy Out (Microcellular Systems Ltd.) in 1999 (trade sale in 2000) and co-founded the Irish wireless network supplier Altobridge Ltd (2002). Between 2000 to 2015 he was a founding investor or board member of several companies including; NewBay, AMCS Group, Mobinets, Mianach Venture Capital, Propylon, Blue Ocean Wireless, Fitsul and Cross Atlantic Productions. He graduated from University College Cork in 1988 (BA Special Honours (Computers and Mathematics)) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2008 (Leadership 4 Growth). In 2009 he was named Ernst & Young’s Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging category) and in 2012 a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum.
Head of ICT for Health Strategic Programmes, Head of Life Sciences Interface Group
Paul Galvin is Head of the ICT for Health Strategic Programmes and Head of the Life Sciences Interface Group at the Tyndall National Institute, where he drives an “ABC ecosystem” through collaborations with leading academic researchers, global leaders in the medtech and pharma industries, and with clinical experts. This ensures that the Tyndall ICT for Health research programmes deliver real impact in terms of clinical utility and commercial opportunity, through novel solutions for diagnostics, connected health, drug delivery systems, cardio and neural recording and modulation, and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr Galvin has led several multidisciplinary national and international research projects which leverage nano and ICT solutions for challenges in healthcare. Dr Galvin is a funded investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland Insight Centre for Big Data Analytics, currently Chair of the Medical Devices Working Group in the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine, leader of the Working Group on Health Monitoring Sensors within the European Sensor Systems Cluster, and a member of the ESTHER (Emerging and Strategic Technologies for HEalthcaRe) Task Force. working with the European Commission and Medtech Europe, towards a new 'Industry Driven Initiative' for stimulating innovation in Healthcare in Europe. He also has an extensive track record of multidisciplinary research which has been funded by national, EC and industry programmes worth in excess of €7m.
He has published research articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals across a range of scientific disciplines.
Head of Network Deployment TEC-Network Deployment Organisation
Director of ICT Commercialization and Sector Manager for Electronic Clients
Post-Doctoral Researcher Biophotonics
Dr. Jacqueline Gunther received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the Stony Brook University, USA in 2011. In 2013 and 2015, she received a M.S. and M.Phil, respectively, both in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, USA. Her PhD work involved using diffuse optical tomography to monitor breast cancer patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy and develop methods to predict response to treatment. In 2016 she received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University. Also, in 2016 she joined the Biophotonics Group at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland as post-doctoral researcher. Her work involves fundamental research of light propagation in biological media and acousto-optical tomography.
Senior Programme Manager, ICT for Energy Efficiency
Mike Hayes (MEngSc. UCC) has a 30 year track record in industry and research promoting synergy opportunities between power electronics, energy harvesting and ICT domains incorporating publications, EU & industry studies, chairing conferences, webinars and workshops. Since 2008 for Tyndall he has secured over €9M in funding leading to over 30 jobs & helping industry partners secure €2.5M in VC/research funding. Currently work package leader on 3 EU energy efficiency projects and co-ordinator of the EU ‘Powering the Internet of Things’ infrastructure project (‘EnABLES’) giving industry access (expertise, equipment, models, feasibility studies) to 11 leading research centres/universities in Europe. Co-ordinator on the IERC ROWBUST wireless sensor deployment tool project & Enterprise Ireland funded MISCHIEF project (multi-source energy harvesting power management IC). Tyndall’s representative on the Cork Smart Gateway steering committee and president of US based PSMA (Power Sources Manufacturing Association) where has is founder and co-chair of the energy harvesting committee and ‘EnerHarv’ international workshop.
JED Hurwitz (BEng Nottingham '87). Trained at GEC Plessey, then worked on the world's first commercial video-telephone at Matra MHS, before joining VVL/Vision which was acquired by STMicroelectronics, were he became one of the pioneers of CMOS imaging and recognised as one of the world experts. He co-founded Gigle Semiconductors, a start-up in powerline communications later acquired by Broadcom, followed by Metroic Ltd a start-up in sensor monitoring, which was acquired by Analog Devices, where he is now a Fellow. He has served on the committees of ISSCC /ESSCIRC and has more than 80 granted/pending patents.
Head of Product
Dr Gearóid Hynes is Head of Product at Orreco. He leads the design and delivery of Orreco’s software solutions. Gearóid holds a PhD in Computer Science from NUI Galway and has over eight years commercial experience working in data science. Before joining Orreco, he managed the design, development and go to market of multiple analytics solutions for Hewlett Packard, including business intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning functionality.
Technical Director, Research & Development
Wynne Lewis received a first class honors degree in Chemistry from the University of Wales, Swansea (UK) in 1978 joined 3M UK in 1981 as a technical service engineer. He moved to 3M France in 1986 where he held supervisory and management posts in 3M’s European aerospace, automotive and industrial businesses. Wynne spent a two year period as R&D Manager of the Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Group in the Adhesive Technology Center in St Paul, Minnesota (USA) before returning to run the European Industrial Tapes & Adhesives Laboratory in 1999 and subsequently the Industrial Business European Laboratories in 2003.
In 2005, Wynne relocated to 3M Europe in Brussels as Senior Laboratory Manager for the WEMS (Western Europe Marketing Subsidiaries), CEE (Central Eastern Europe) and MEA (Middle East and Africa) regions of Europe.
In 2010, Wynne began his current role as Technical Director of 3M UK and Ireland Region with a remit to enhance the local product development capability of the subsidiary. During these periods Wynne has served on 3M’s West Europe Leadership Team as well as the International Technical Operations Committee and after 36 years in the company, Wynne says that he is still learning new things every day.
Dr Ronan MacLoughlin is currently Head of Science in Aerogen. Dr MacLoughlin obtained his PhD in Respiratory Medicine, with a focus on delivery of gene therapies to the lung. He has also been conferred with a Master’s in Business Practice (MBS), an Honours Degree in Biochemistry and Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering.
Dr MacLoughlin has more than 18 years’ experience in the design and development of aerosol drug delivery systems and drug device combinations. He currently has more than 120 combined articles, conference presentations and conference papers, with several patents pending. Current patent applications cover fields ranging across pharmaceutical formulation, drug/device combination, patient intervention, patient interface, aerosol generators, sensors and medical devices.
He holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin’s (Ireland) Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI), past Chairman of the Enterprise Ireland Funded Medical Engineering Technology (MET) Gateway, and current Chairman of the Industry Representative Group for CURAM, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded (€41.3m) medical device research centre. Additionally, he is currently co-chair of the Paediatric and CF working group within the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM).
He previously sat on the Gates Foundation Scientific Advisory Board for its inhaled measles vaccine program and was one of the lead developers of the nebuliser selected by the World Health Organisation for their inhaled measles vaccine trials. He also contributed to the latest revision of the international standard ISO27427 (Anaesthetic and respiratory equipment -- Nebulizing systems and components) as a member of the expert reviewer panel.
Ronan is currently involved in several device and drug/device combination development programs that include applications such as aerosol drug delivery to premature infants, inhaled insulin and inhaled vaccines and has successfully sourced more than €7million in external funding for collaborative (academic and commercial) projects over the last 5 years.
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research & Innovation at University College Cork since 2011, is the inaugural Chair of the National Forum on Research Integrity in Ireland established in 2015. Following studies at UCC (BSc Chemistry 1985, PhD 1989), and postdoctoral research experience in Namur, Belgium then at the University of Exeter, UK, Anita returned to UCC in 1991 to establish an independent research team. In 2004 Anita was appointed as the first holder of the Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCC. She is Director of an interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility in UCC, in addition to Co-PI in the national Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre. Anita leads an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally. She is actively engaged in national policy development in research and innovation, especially in relation to PhD education and the university – industry interface. She was elected as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. She is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Bergen since 2011.
Head of Research
Beth holds an MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering and Mathematics) from the Florida Institute of Technology (USA), and a PhD in Medical Image Processing from the University of Lincoln (UK). She has significant experience in project management having completed and delivered on large programs for the US Department of Defence, DARPA and NASA. She is especially interested in developing technology enablers that drive innovation for solving society’s grand challenges, providing education and options for enhanced quality of life.
Head of Products
John heads up Product Management in S3 Connected Health where he spends his days understanding customer and market needs and distilling them into compelling product offerings.
John has over 20 years experience and has run successful product teams across a variety of industries. He has delivered complex enterprise solutions to customers like AT&T, Danone, JP Morgan, DHL, Vodafone and BSkyB amongst others. When the opportunity came to work in the healthcare industry he jumped at it because he predicts ‘win-win-win-win’ solutions emerging where patients, healthcare providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies all succeed in achieving better commercial and clinical outcomes through the application of new technologies.
Chief Executive Officer
David established Bitpower in 2017 in response to the increasing demand for independent advice on power options for data centres. His background in energy technology research and sustainability provides a unique perspective from which to advise data centre developers and operators. David has supported Host In Ireland as a member of their Advisory Council since January 2016. He produces quarterly reports on the scale, growth, and sustainability of Ireland’s data hosting industry, and regularly facilitates discussions between the power and data sectors.
David is a mechanical engineer with over twenty years experience across various sectors. He represented Ireland as National Delegate at the EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 energy research programme, as well as being a leader in the development of Irish energy research and energy efficiency policies while with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He understands the Irish energy landscape and is keen to help constructively to address the energy challenges posed by Ireland’s increasing digital success.
Cian Ó Mathúna
Head of Micro Nano Systems
Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna has more than 30 years’ experience in applied research and technology transfer in microelectronics. He is currently Head of MicroNano Systems Centre at the Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Prof. Ó Mathúna received B.E. (Elec.), M.Eng.Science, and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of Ireland in 1981, 1984 and 1994, respectively.
Prof. Ó Mathúna’s research is focused on The convergence of microelectronics and microsystems whereby CMOS provides an intelligent platform for the miniaturisation and monolithic or heterogeneous integration of non-standard functions such as sensors, actuators and power management.
System integration and miniaturisation of wireless sensor modules for remote environmental monitoring, energy management in buildings, personal health based on wearable and in-the-body intelligent sensor systems for both diagnostics and therapeutics, key applications for the future and emerging Internet of Things (IoT).
Miniaturised power management systems for energy harvesting/scavenging and power supply on chip (PwrSoC) based on thin film magnetics on silicon.
Prof. Ó’Mathúna is co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, over half of which have been published in IEEE journals and has sourced research funding of over €20m over the last decade. He is c-founder of Irish industry-academic research clusters in the areas of surface mount technology (Smart Group Ireland), wireless sensor networks (WiSEN) and power electronics (PEIG).
In 2013, Prof. Ó’Mathúna was elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the field of power electronics with the citation“for leadership in the development of power supply using micromagnetics on silicon”.
Prof. O’Mathúna is founder of the successful International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (www.powersoc.org) which is run on a bi-annnual basis since 2008 and is now the global flagship conference in this space for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the PSMA.
PhD Student, MNS (Circuits and Systems), LSI (Molecular Diagnostic Systems
Suzanne is a Biomedical Engineer and currently completing a Ph.D in Tyndall National Institute. Prior to the irish recession she was an accomplished Construction Project Manager on Sustainable Energy Apartment blocks, Hotels and Shopping Centres. After returning to full time education in 2010 she graduated with BE and ME from UCD in 2015 and is due to complete her doctoral studies in 2019.
Her research topic is in Smart Woundcare and the development of Intelligent Wearable wound dressings.
Obstetrician/Gynaecologist Sub-specialist in Urogynaecology
Professor Barry O’Reilly, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Originally from Northern Ireland, Barry graduated from RCSI in 1991 and later moved to London to commence specialist registrar training based in Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. He was awarded a research fellowship to study ATP receptors in overactive bladder, which lead to the award of MD in 2000. On completion of speciality training, he moved to Melbourne, Australia to undertake subspecialty training in Urogynaecology and Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery. Barry was appointed Consultant and Senior Lecturer at the Mercy Hospital for Women and University of Melbourne in 2003.
He returned to take up a consultant post in Cork in 2004 and has set up the Centre for Urogynaecology at the Cork University Maternity Hospital. He founded the Continence Foundation of Ireland to improve multidisciplinary care and to encourage closer collaboration between healthcare providers and industry. Barry has previously sat on the public relations, scientific and education committees and is current chair of the e-learning committee of the International Urogynaecology Association. He is on the executive board of the European Urogynaecology Association and is on editorial and review boards of several ob/gyn and Urogynaecology journals. He has a keen interest in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and performed the first robotic gynaecological procedure in the British Isles.
Barry is the Director and Clinical Lead for the newly completed world-class ASSERT Centre whose vision is to become the premier Centre in Europe for medical and surgical simulation-based training over the next 5 years.
Solution Sales Manager, Western Europe, Central & Eastern Europe
Tibbs Pereira qualified as an Electrical Engineer and was an electrical engineer at London Electricity during the transition from public to private ownership. In Ireland, Tibbs set up the Digital Energy Network for small, innovative businesses offering Digital Transformation solutions to energy companies. In his role in Microsoft, Tibbs runs a team of solution specialists that engage with customers across Western Europe on Digital Transformation with Cloud Solutions across all sectors, including innovation in energy solutions through the adoption of Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
Head of International
Dr. Michael Ryan is Head of International at Science Foundation Ireland.
Previous positions held include Head of EU Affairs in coordinating SFI’s approach to European activities & EU Framework Programming; and as Scientific Programme Manager having responsibility for a broad portfolio of awards representing an investment of over €100M.
Dr Ryan received a PhD from University College Dublin on the design and characterisation of a biosensor to selectively detect brain glutamate. Prior to his time in SFI, Dr. Ryan was head of R&D for optoelectronics developer, NTERA Limited. He has significant experience in process and technology transfer having developed manufacturing facilities in Asia and the US.
Dr. Ryan is the National Delegate to the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI); the Irish representative on the EU Horizon 2020 Research Infrastructures Programme Committee; and the National Delegate to the ERIC committee (European Research Infrastructure Consortium). Dr. Ryan is also a member of the Irish Government High Level Group for Horizon 2020.
Chief Executive Officer
William has over 20 years of experience of leading and managing academic research and innovation and 10 years of industrial experience. He is a recognised pioneer in wearable and medical device communications, particularly in relation to implantable solutions.
William was Professor of Wireless Communications at Queen’s University Belfast and was Head of School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s prior to joining Tyndall. He has also held a part-time Chair in Short Range Radio at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. His industrial experience includes senior engineering roles with Nortel Networks, Siemens and GEC-Osram. He has served as keynote speaker for many international conferences in wireless communications and wearables including delivering the 2012 NATO International Lecture Series on Next Generation Communications.
Peter Smyth is Commercial Director at Tyndall. He is a CEO and CMO of thirty years' experience in the business of deep technology, translating client needs into commercial return. Before joining Tyndall he was founder and CEO of a number of technology start-ups (semiconductor and sports data markets). He was an executive of technology IP firm Ceva (NASDAQ, previously Parthus), for mixed-signal and DSP semiconductor IP licensing. A Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from DCU, Peter has held senior sales and product management positions while living in Ireland, the UK, the US and Germany.
Senior Research Engineer
Jo is a skilled energy consultant and project manager who joined the IERC in February 2017. She is a CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant, an ESOS Lead Assessor and Practitioner member of IEMA, with over 10 years’ experience of working in the energy efficiency and low carbon technology sectors and a deep understanding of the challenges associated with building services and energy management. After graduating from Cambridge with an MEng in Chemical Engineering, Jo took the decision to specialise in energy and carbon management and took part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership working with a food manufacturer and the London South bank University to gain a further MSc in Sustainable Development for SMEs. This early role gave her an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by businesses wanting to improve their environmental credentials and would be invaluable experience for her future career.
More recently Jo has worked as an energy specialist both for other consultancies and her own business. Over her career her role has involved developing climate change strategies, coordinating European collaborative projects, conducting renewable & low carbon technology feasibility studies, and carrying out energy audits for a range of clients including public sector bodies, property management companies, manufacturing facilities and retailers. At the IERC, Jo’s role is to use her commercial experience and research capabilities to develop practicable energy related solutions for industry. She is currently the project coordinator for the Horizon 2020 funded project NOVICE, which is developing enhanced energy performance contracts that combine both energy efficiency and demand side response under a single contract to improve the return on investment for deep energy efficiency retrofit projects.
Head of Computer Science
Cormac J. Sreenan is Full Professor of Computer Science at University College Cork, where he currently serves as Head of Department, having previously also served as Head from 2000-2004 inclusive. Prior to moving to Cork in 1999, he was a member of research staff at AT&T Labs in Florham Park (NJ, USA) and at Bell Labs in Murray Hill (NJ, USA).
At Cork he leads the Mobile & Internet Systems Lab, a research group of about 15 people funded by a range of Irish and international agencies and companies. He is an SFI Principal Investigator and Deputy Director of the national CONNECT Research Centre for future networks and communications. His current personal research interests include wireless media streaming and the Internet of Things. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and holds 8 patents.
Prof. Sreenan holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.
Head of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic, Chief Innovations Officer
Lee Swanström is Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University and heads the Division of GI and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Oregon Clinic. He is also a Director of the American Board of Surgery and is Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and of the Fellowship Council (FC). In 2010, he became the Chief Innovations Officer of the Institutes des Hôpitaux Universitaires (IHU-Strasbourg) of the University of Strasbourg, France, director of the Innovations Fellowship program (I-SIP) and the Scientific Director.
Professor Swanström’s clinical focus is on minimally invasive treatments of a variety of upper GI disorders, using laparoscopy and interventional flexible endoscopy. He has over 300 published papers, 73 book chapters and is the editor of 2 surgical textbooks and the journal Surgical Innovation. His research focus is in foregut physiology, human factors and technology assessment and new procedure development.
Vice President R&D
Fiachra Sweeney (FIRE1, VP R&D) has extensive background in medical device research, development, sales and marketing. FIRE1 are developing a novel remote monitoring device to improve outcomes for heart failure patients. Prior to FIRE1, he was responsible for the design and development of a connected autoinjector device for a large pharma company while working for Nypro Healthcare. Previously, he was with Medtronic in a variety of product development and engineering management roles, most recently managing an early stage innovation group and leading a team through the development, approval and commercialisation of a novel coronary angioplasty catheter. Fiachra has a Biomedical Engineering degree from NUI Galway, an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Business and is a Chartered Engineer.
Russell Vickers is a Software Architect at Jaguar Land Rover, where he leads a team focusing on new revenue opportunities that are enabled as vehicles move towards an increasing automated and connected future. Based in Shannon, he is also the lead representative for Jaguar Land Rover in CAV Ireland, who are leading the CAV Ireland Testbed Working group.
His background is in ASIC Design and Communications, and his previous companies include Parthus Technologies, Texas Instruments, Ericsson and Intel.
Russell is a graduate of D.I.T Kevin St. and obtained a BSc in Electronic Engineering in 1998.
Joe is an elite athlete, coach, and scientist. He specialises in data analytics, biomechanics, and coaching science.
Joe comes from a Sports Science background, with extensive practical experience in the S&C setting working with DCU Athletics and GAA Academy teams for a number of years. He spent some time as a high performance coach in DCU Sport, and was the Sports Science Author for Irish Runner Magazine for over 7 years. He has also worked in physiological testing services for DCU athletics, international athletes, and Athletics Ireland in the past. His focus is very much on high performance, where he has coached and currently coaches several international athletes, working as an advisor to many more. He primarily works now as a full-time Sports Science lecturer with IT Tallaght and Setanta College.
Academically, Joe has numerous publications in the area of running biomechanics and physiology. He has become recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in the transition to minimalist footwear with respect to performance and injury as a result of his PhD research. He has been the Keynote speaker at a number of international and national events, and has been featured on RTE television talking about his work. Joe continues to develop this area of research today.