Linda Doyle
Centre Director
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CONNECT - The Centre for Future Networks and Communications - Dublin

CONNECT is the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. Its mission is to research and develop innovative solutions for the communications challenges facing society today. The Internet of Things, 5G networks and new broadband architectures are the Centre’s main areas of focus.

CONNECT brings together world-class expertise across 10 Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation. CONNECT is supported by €50 million of funding from the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme, the European Regional Development Fund and industry partners.

Current networks are proving a roadblock to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. We all want faster and richer data but networks are currently overwhelmed by this traffic. CONNECT is developing networks that automatically respond to the needs of the services that run on them, networks that enable multiple service providers to share network resources to satisfy the diverse demands of end users.

CONNECT works with a wide range of industry partners on targeted projects in the areas of Internet of Things, future cellular (5G and beyond), next-generation broadband, software-defined networks and cloud-based services. CONNECT’s expert researchers are dedicated to delivering outstanding results at the pace and standard demanded by industry.

Research areas:

CONNECT researches future networks, Internet of Things, 5G and beyond from the following perspectives;

  • Converged networks
  • Dense networks
  • Low Energy networks
  • Moving networks
  • Nano networks
  • Shared networks

CONNECT researchers have vast experience in test and experimentation in these areas.

CONNECT testbeds are key in translating ideas to reality, and helping CONNECT researchers to imaging the future. CONNECT’s Pervasive Nation is a national-scale Internet of Things research and innovation infrastructure; the Software Defined Testbed in the CONNECT Centre is a cognitive radio testbed based on software-defined radio (SDR) system and allows the construction of a broad range of radio systems; the CONNECT Data Centre supports network-based research in telecommunications networking and cloud computing.

Research performed by:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • University College Cork
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Limerick
  • Telecommunications Software and Systems Group in Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Tyndall National Institute

Funded by:

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