SFI Principal Investigator Funding Award for DIT Researcher & RCSI Collaborators

Prof Brian Harvey (RCSI), Dr Frances Horgan (RCSI), Dr Tony Betts (DIT), Prof Frank Gannon (SFI), Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O’ Keefe, TD, Ms Louise Keating (RCSI), Dr Max Ammann (DIT)

The Dublin Institute of Technology has been awarded €424,731 to research body area communications technology in collaboration with the [external]Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

Dr. Max Ammann, Director of the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR) in the DIT School of Electronic and Communications Engineering, will use the Principal Investigator Grant on advanced computer modelling to implement improved wireless telemetry devices for physiotherapy and sporting applications. The multidisciplinary team includes Dr Frances Horgan and Ms Louise Keating of the [external]School of Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and will employ a senior researcher, a PhD student and an MSc student.

It is hoped that the cooperation will allow the researchers to explore the effects of the body on radio links and to develop new monitoring technology for real-time physiotherapy analysis. The principle tasks will include the electromagnetic modelling of designs and application trials for performance benchmarking in laboratory and clinical settings.

Professor Gerald Farrell, Head of the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering, congratulated Dr. Ammann and said he was absolutely delighted for him and for his research team. “This is a fitting tribute to the outstanding quality of Dr. Ammann’s research and to his hard work in building a fine team of researchers over many years. This multi-disciplinary collaboration is an exciting basis for ideas exchange between our institutions.”

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR) specialises in the analysis, design and measurement of RF and microwave devices for wireless communications and medical applications. With more than 12 years of applied research experience and it has built an international reputation for innovative futuristic concepts and solutions to contemporary industrial challenges.

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