CAV Ireland held its first Irish research showcase event and exhibition in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Electronomous – Car Tech summit in Killarney on 2nd May 2018.
The morning event highlighted the leading research centres in Ireland which are focused on the next generation technologies to support the development of the connected and autonomous vehicles. All of these research centres are actively collaborating with industry in areas of advanced sensors, data analytics, deep learning, future networks and communications, microelectronics, security and vision systems.
John Davis, ITS Ireland and Steering group member of CAV Ireland welcomed the guests and speakers to the first CAV Ireland R&D showcase and exhibition. CAV Ireland is cross agency forum which brings together a number of groups and government agencies with an interest in CAV including IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, SFI, ITS Ireland, Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS), LERO (The Irish Software Research Centre) and Insight (Data Analytics Research Centre). John spoke of the purpose of the CAV forum to establish a platform for key stakeholders to share information and explore the business opportunities of this technology for Ireland.
Darrin Morrisey, Director of programmes and investments at SFI gave an overview of the role of SFI as the Irish government’s largest competitive funder of scientific research in Ireland. SFI supports world-leading, large scale SFI Research Centres focus on thematic areas of research that are considered to be of major economic impact for Ireland. These areas include, software, digital content, big data, telecommunications, photonics, nanotechnology, marine and advanced and Smart manufacturing, areas which are of critical importance to CAV. A call relating to Research Infrastructure is currently open, and Darrin noted a new Disruptive Funding programme call which will launch during the year.
Joe Gibbs, Business Development Manager, LERO The Irish software research centre moderated the presentations from the various research centres.
Martin Glavin, of LERO, The Irish software research centre, based at NUI Galway spoke of the group’s work with Valeo Vision Systems, Tuam which specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced Driver Assistance Systems and cameras. The group at NUIG has a long relationship with Valeo Vision Systems and in February 2018 both parties signed an R&D partnership on autonomous vehicles development. As part of the research programme a semi-autonomous car will be equipped to navigate every day hazards on the NUI Galway campus.
Noel O’Connor, of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics based in DCU outlined the scale of Insight as Ireland’s largest research centre with over 400 researchers employed across four universities. He spoke of the work in the area of media analytics for ADAS and deep learning to enable human recognition from video. Noel highlighted the new ENABLE SFI spoke which was launched in January 2018 which will examine how the Internet of Things can be used to improve the quality of life for ordinary citizens living in urban environments. The spoke involves the collaboration of three research centres of CONNECT, Insight and LERO with plans to take its research outside the lab by using test-beds.
Noel highlighted the Insight@DCU: Deep Learning Workshop which is taking place on 21-22 May 2018.
Martin Johnsson of CONNECT – Research centre for future networks and communications spoke of the CONNECT centre being the most distributed of SFI centres with 300 researchers across ten universities and colleges. The objective of CONNECT is to help design open communication systems that enable multiple service providers to share network resources. Research focuses on various types of networks including dense, shared, moving and the low energy networks, all of which will capture network infrastructure on the move (multiple network switchovers) and make massive machine-type communication (including V2V and V2I communication) possible.
The Applied Internet of Things cluster is a consortium of five of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways, providing a single point of contact for companies looking to access technical capabilities for internet of things research. Located across institutes of Technology in Cork, Tralee, Letterkenny, Waterford and Athlone, the cluster works with companies and other larger research centres on collaborative research.
Frances Cleary from the TSSG gateway in Waterford spoke on projects relevant to CAV including its collaboration with eDrive, a Waterford based company to deliver a cutting edge solution called Mysafedrive. This solution will enable consumers to have full control of their driving data and control what is collected and with whom it is shared. It is envisaged this will give consumers, significant savings and benefits in their vehicle operating costs.
Other examples include the work of WiSAR at Letterkenny IT with Cargo Defenders, a Lifford based company, to develop an RFID solution for tracking truck security curtains.
In February 2018 Waterford IT joined a new EU project: TransSec: Autonomous emergency maneuvering and movement monitoring for road transport security. The project is led by Daimler AG and addresses a recent danger in European countries, with the increasing number of terror attacks with trucks.
Donnacha O’Riordan, Centre Director of MCCI (Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland) gave an overview of the work of the centre which was established in April 2010 under the Enterprise Ireland and IDA Technology Centres Programme. It is established as an industry led centre with the research program driven by its industry members. The centre is hosted by the Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with the University of Limerick.
The focus of MCCI is on Analogue, RF and Mixed-Signal circuit research. The theme and core competence of the centre is Digitally-Assisted-Analogue circuit research. The centre works with multiple sensors which provide the interface between the real world and digital work. The research delivers real world application impact, in future communications networks, medical devices and smart agriculture.
After hearing from the various centers, Joe Gibbs brought together an industry panel comprising Jonathon Horgan of Valeo Vision Systems; Russell Vickers of Jaguar Land Rover, Cristian Olariu, IBM Ireland Lab and Frank McCrum InnaLabs. The panel spoke of the importance of a world leading R&D environment to support the future development of next generation products for their enterprises and their experience in working with the R&D centers in Ireland.