Research

A goal of the Nimbus Centre is to develop Ireland as a recognised international centre of research, education and innovation in networked embedded systems research and applications.

The Centre boasts a range of complementary research and development expertise. The research focus includes wireless sensor and actuator network design and analysis, vehicular and mobile network protocol design and analysis, sensor data fusion, radio localisation systems, embedded hardware design, miniaturisation, reliability analysis, embedded software systems, embedded interaction based user interfaces, cloud based software platforms, and system integration and optimisation tools.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the Nimbus Centre focuses the research expertise on the following industrial application areas:

  • Energy Management – building energy management, demand side management, intermittency analysis and control, smart micro-grids;
  • Water Systems Management – remote sensing and monitoring, water network management systems, waste water management;
  • Smart Systems – embedding of electronics in everyday objects, materials and structures to create aware environments that their occupants can interact with intuitively – the Internet of Things.
  • Applications in Tourism, Agriculture and Health
  • People Behaviour & Technology Integration - By bringing together a team of researchers from the engineering, social and information sciences, we are addressing the challenges of the future where the ever closer integration of technology  into almost all areas of life can be used to create many novel and useful applications.

Nimbus hosts Masters and PhD research students, and funds them through our projects and other means. Over 30 Masters and PhD students have graduated since 2006.

Academic collaborators in Ireland include University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute, Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, UCD’s Clarity Centre, NUI Galway, and Queens University Belfast’s ECIT.  International academic collaborators include University of Bremen, RWTH Aachen University, TU Dresden, Fraunhofer Institute (IIS), TU Hamburg-Harburg in Germany; TU Eindhoven and TNO in the Netherlands; Czech Technical University in Prague; CEA LETI in France, CSEM in Switzerland, University of Manchester in the UK, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, and several others.

Embedded systems have become a pervasive part of almost every aspect of working and living – 90% of the world’s microprocessors are embedded – and almost every modern convenience, industry and business would grind to a halt without them. Global research is now focusing on networking of embedded systems to create an internet of co-operating intelligent objects – the “internet of things” – and, just as the internet has transformed our lives beyond recognition, the internet of things is forecast to have the same effect over the next two decades.

This is because they enable fine-grain sensing, monitoring and control and information gathering/delivery in science, engineering, manufacturing, energy, environment/ecology, daily living, healthcare, agriculture, traffic, security and many other applications at scales from the personal to the national and international.

This offers a significant opportunity for Ireland, and the Nimbus Centre is leading the agenda & developing the technologies to address the societal challenges of today and tomorrow.