Prof. Dirk Pesch (PhD 1999, Member IEI, IEEE, ACM) is Head of the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland. Nimbus carries out research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things with applications in energy and water resource management, health and assisted living, smart cities and the built environment. Dirk’s own research interests focus on architecture and design of low power wireless networks and services for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things and interoperability issues associated with IoT applications. He has over 25 years research and development experience in both industry and academia and has co-authored over 180 scientific articles. Dirk is involved in national research initiatives such as the CONNECT Centre and many EU funded research projects, including as coordinator. He is involved with two startups and contributes to international conference organization in his area of expertise. Dirk received a Dipl.Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Prof. John Barrett (PhD 1988, Senior Member IEEE) is Head of Academic Studies at the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Group Director of the Centre’s Smart Systems Integration Research Group.His research is focused on packaging, miniaturisation and embedding of smart systems in materials, objects and structures  with particular emphasis on challenging and harsh application environments. He has been a lecturer and researcher in CIT since 1999 and was previously Assistant Director of the Irish National Microelectronics Research Centre, now Tyndall National Institute. He has been active in Irish and European R&D projects in the areas of packaging and systems integration for almost 30 years and has made over 100 publications and presentations in topics related to his field.



Richard Linger is the Director of the Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) Gateway at the Nimbus Centre. The TEC Gateway drives industry-led research and technology-transfer programmes for new and established companies in the domain of next generation embedded software and hardware computing technologies.





Kieran DelaneyDr Kieran Delaney is the Research Development Manager of the Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research, based in Cork Institute of Technology. The Centre, which has over 70 researchers and state-of-the-art facilities for networked embedded systems research is focused upon delivering industry-relevant research.

Dr Delaney received B.E. (Elec.) and PhD. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland in 1992 and 1997, respectively. He joined the NMRC in 1996 as a Research Scientist, where his responsibilities included evaluating novel interconnection technologies. During an eight-year career at NMRC, Dr. Delaney founded the Ambient Electronics Systems (AES) Team, and built the team to 20 researchers and postgraduates. The team’s core activity is developing distributed wireless sensor network toolkits as hardware platforms for research on ambient intelligence (AmI).

In March 2005, Kieran joined Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) as Research Coordinator for the Department of Electronic Engineering. In June 2006, he was appointed to the role of Director of the TEC Gateway where in a two year period he grow the Gateway to over fifteen staff and students and completed over fifty industry contracted projects. In 2009, he was appointed to his current role in the Nimbus Centre.