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.

Science Foundation Ireland [external]Science Foundation Ireland National Development Plan [external]National Development Plan

AHFR Wins Enterprise Ireland Industrial Technologies Commercialisation Awards

Dr. Max Ammann was awarded two Enterprise Ireland Industrial Technologies Commercialisation Awards for licensing agreements with [external]Taoglas Ltd. and [external]Decawave Ltd.

The award was presented by Jim Lawlor Director, Industrial Technologies Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland and was accepted on behalf of Dr. Max Ammann by Tom Flanagan, Head of Commercialisation, DIT.
Enterprise Ireland recognised the top ten industrial technologies with awards this week. DIT picked up four of these awards for licensing technologies to companies.

[external]Read More: EI Industrial Technologies Commercialisation Awards 2009 [www.dit.ie]

AHFR Researchers Win Hothouse Commercialisation Award

Dr. Max Ammann, Dr. Matthias John and Dr. Giuseppe Ruvio have been presented with the Hothouse Commercialisation Award for licensing agreements with [external]Taoglas Ltd. The award was presented by Minister of State for Science Conor Lenihan and Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, DIT Director of Research & Enterprise at a DIT Hothouse Showcase Event in Croke Park on November 3rd 2009.

The license agreement covers DIT’s highly efficient antenna solutions for the WiMAx and LTE standards. The [external]FXP100 WiMax and [external]FXP400 and FXP401 LTE antennas are now available from Taoglas.

“With the FXP100 and FXP400, our new ultra wideband antenna series, and the external LTEA.4000 antenna, we are looking to meet future requirements of the LTE and WiMax market by using very efficient antennas based on current M2M market requirements,” said Dermot O’Shea, Director, Taoglas. “For M2M manufacturers designing devices for LTE and WiMax networks, they now have highly efficient antennas to use in their test and proof-of-concept designs.”

Dr Ammann, who leads the research at DIT’s Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre, commented, “Taoglas are an exciting company work with. They have a track record of delivering high performance solutions at affordable price. This allows us to channel our research ideas towards applied solutions required in the market place.”

[external]Read More: Taoglas Launch First LTE Antenna [www.taoglas.com]
[external]Read More: DIT Hothouse Researcher Commercialisation Awards 2009 [update.dit.ie]

SFI Supports DIT Antenna Research

Dr Max Ammann, DIT; Mr Conor Lenihan, TD, Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources; Dr Xiulong Bao, DIT; Prof Frank Gannon, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland; Dr Tony Betts, DIT
Dr Xiulong Bao of the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre is one of the fifteen inaugural recipients of Science Foundation Ireland’s Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG).

Dr Xiulong Bao has been working with Dr Max Ammann on novel techniques to enhance the bandwidth of circularly polarised antennas. His solutions are paving the way for smaller integrated packaging of multiple radio devices. Preliminary results indicate that Dr Bao’s novel methods will support the bandwidth necessary for improved wireless multimedia links.

Announcing the awards, Minister of State for Science Conor Lenihan recognised SFI’s strategic role in developing new academic foundations for the Smart Economy. “These 15 outstanding individuals are among the brightest working in Irish laboratories today, and SIRG provides them with the necessary support to enable the transition from team member to independent and accomplished innovators in their respective fields. It will also allow them recruit 15 postgraduate students”.

The group were selected from over 100 applicants from across the Universities and Technology Institutes. The awardees work in diverse areas such as renewable energy, cancer research, genetics and telecommunications. Professor Frank Gannon, the Director General of SFI, highlighted the relevance of each of the subject areas to solving real and imminent challenges facing society and the economy.

Congratulating him, Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research & Enterprise at DIT, commented that “Dr Bao’s research is building upon DIT’s reputation for solving technological challenges through applied research. His patents have become the basis of international industrial collaboration and are helping to sustain innovation in the Irish telecommunications sector.”

Dr Bao joined the DIT’s Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR) in 2005 from The Southest University in China. His post-doctoral researcher post was supported by SFI’s acclaimed (external)Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research – a multi-institutional Irish research network on communications engineering. He will continue his research within the AHFR with Dr Ammann as his mentor and he will employ a PhD student as part of the €484,450 research programme.

AHFR Researchers Win CST University Publication Award 2008

Dr. Giuseppe Ruvio and Dr. Max Ammann of the DIT Antenna & High Frequency Research Group received the CST University Publication Award 2008. The winning paper titled "Wideband Reconfigurable Rolled Planar Monopole Antenna" was prepared in collaboration with Prof. Zhi Ning Chen of the [external]Institute for Infocomm Research I2R, Singapore. The paper was one of four journal papers choosen by the committee for this years award.
The CST University Publication Award is an annual award to university institutes and researchers for their work in the application of 3D EM field simulation. Prerequisites for participation are that the papers are authored or co-authored by academic researchers, published either in scientific journals or conference proceedings, and the numerical results are entirely or in part obtained through simulation using CST software products.
For further information please see [external]CST Press Release [pdf].

COST Action IC0603 4th Management Committee Meeting & Workshop

The (external)DITs Antenna & High Frequency Research Group (AHFR) and the (external)Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR) are co-organising this years COST Action IC0603 'ASSIST' 4th Management Committee Meeting & Workshop on "Antenna Systems & Sensors for Information Society Technologies".

The workshop will cover the topics of the different Working Groups of COST IC0603, along with guest presentations on related matters. The meeting and workshop will be held on 1-3 October 2008 at the CTVR headquarters in Trinity College, University of Dublin.

A website has been set up at http://cost.ahfr.dit.ie to help organise the meeting and workshop.

DIT PhD researcher accepts invitation to study 'Cancer Therapy Hyperthermia Applicators' in Singapore

Zhi Ning Chen and Sergio Curto at I2R
Mr Sergio Curto, a PhD student from the Antenna & High Frequency Research Group at the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering has been invited to visit the laboratories at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore to complete specialist measurements on a novel cancer therapy applicator that he is researching. The deployment of temperature raising radiowaves in tumour regions of the body, as an adjunctive therapy, requires an antenna that will operate efficiently when in close proximity to human tissue. The I2R have a shared interest in these antenna applicators and have extensive experience in the measurement of SAR, the parameter that defines the rate of radiowave energy absorbed into the human body. Their measurement equipment, known as a Dosimetric Assessment System, employs fluids with the equivalent electrical properties of human tissue to estimate the exposed energy pattern due to a nearby radiator.

The two institutes are following on successful collaboration between Dr Max Ammann, DIT’s School of Electronic & Communications Engineering and Professor Zhi Ning Chen, the [external]Institute for Infocomm Research I2R, Singapore. During a three month period it is hoped that an exchange of ideas will improve the understanding of how to optimise such devices. It is a complementary approach to research that has resulted in lowered emission exposure to users of mobile telephones.

The Dublin Institute of Technology’s Antenna & High Frequency Research Group has particular expertise in antenna designs suited to handheld communications terminals. The small dimensions of these antennas and their susceptance to performance changes when near people has led to size reductions and efficiency enhancements in cancer therapy applicators. The modelling work will benefit from measurement experiments and validation in I2R This work is funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology under the Embark Initiative, which supports PhD studies ([external]http://www.ircset.ie).

PhD Student Wins Best Poster Award at the CTVR 2007 Annual Plenary Meeting

Best PosterMr Matthias John, who is researching novel Spline shaped antennas, was awarded a CTVR gift certificate in recognition of The Best Poster Award at the 2007 (external)CTVR Annual Plenary Meeting. In the presentation, Prof Donal O’Mahony of Trinity College Dublin and chairman of the CTVR, acknowledged the very high standard of engineering research exhibited in the 45 posters at the event. Matthias is in the third year of his PhD research on "Evolutionary Design Methodologies for Small Ultra Wideband Antennas."

DIT Antenna Research Expands

With continued growth in requirements for consumer electronics, the Antennas & High Frequency Research Group, within the (external)DIT School of Electronic & Communications Engineering, has capitalised on recent successes to expand their investigative portfolio.

While advancing design principles for antennas in portable communications and medical applications, the group has recruited new personnel with funding for antenna technologies in multimedia consumer electronics and renewable energy systems.

Their recent technology transfer initiative, supported by [external]Enterprise Ireland's Commercialisation Fund for proof-of-concept prototyping, is focused on high performance, low cost Ultra Wideband [external](UWB) antennas. These enabling components are fundamental to an emerging standard for multimedia wireless communication between items in modern life, such as digital cameras, high definition screens, DVD players, mobile phones and computer printers. UWB will both eliminate the need for interconnecting cables and reduce data transfer times over short distances within living spaces at home or in the office.

Strengthened to three research associates and nine research students, the group has a range of simulation and measurement tools to facilitate solutions in wireless communications design. The group's work is aligned to the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research [external](CTVR) and benefits from collaboration with other academic groups and industrial partners.

[external]Read story on [www.siliconrepublic.com]
[external]Read story on [www.electronicsweekly.com]

PhD Student Wins Best Poster at International Conference

Mr Giuseppe Ruvio received a best paper/poster award by popular vote and committee approval at the Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference in April 2006. The conference had more than 100 papers from more than 25 countries across the world. His work focuses on novel miniature high performance antennas for emerging wireless systems, such as Ultra Wideband systems. Giuseppe, received his master's degree from the University of Siena, Italy, before coming to work in Ireland on a European Space Agency funded antenna project in industry. He has since joined the Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain-driven Research ([external]www.ctvr.ie) antenna group, based in the School of Electronic & Communications Engineering, Kevin St. He is currently reading for PhD in the field of metamaterial enhanced antenna technology.

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