Seminar Series

Seminar Series

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Our spring series has now concluded. We look forward to releasing the schedule for Autumn seminars.

A large variety of topics from multiple fields relevant to the work ongoing in the centre as well as industry supports are covered. These free events offer opportunities to learn about the subject matter and network with experts in each particular field.

Location : The Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology (021) 433 5560


Registration is not required unless specified. Further details on timings etc are released closer to each event and there will be events on Energy, Water & more in early 2015.




14/10/2014 Bluemix : IBM’s new cloud development platform
28/10/2014 Fuzzy Models applied to Predictive Control can change your life:
Control based on models. Practical examples.
Formulation of Fuzzy Models and its application.
Reducing complexity on modelling and control.Three-Factor, Non-textual Authentication ( Or ‘High Security Biometric login – no passwords’):
Overcoming the limitations of passwords in authentication.
Biometric and Gestural Authentication.
Exploring the issues around non textual authentication.
7/11/2014 Optimising Irish and International funding for your business [with special focus on H2020 SME instrument : €79Bn]8.45          Registration and Tea/Coffee9.00          Non EU sources of Funding       (Paul Healy ….Rubicon Centre)10.00        Case Study of Irish company on accessing H2020 funding10.30        General Overview of Horizon 2020 (Sean Burke…. Enterprise Ireland)11.00.       The SME Instrument (Sean Burke …. Enterprise Ireland)11.30.       Coffee Break11.45.       Fast Track to Innovation. (Sean Burke….. Enterprise Ireland)12.15.       H2020 Innovation Vouchers (Sean Burke … Enterprise Ireland)1.00.         Q&A1.15          Lunch

Accessing the UK market : on-site seminar + live webinar

8.00-8.30 Registration
8.30-8.40 Welcome & Opening Remarks
8.40-9.10 Overview of export and investment opportunities in the UK. Focus on:

•      ICT sector •      Food & Drink sector
9.10-9.40 Public Procurement in the UK
9.40-10.00 UK Market Access Programme
10.00-10.20 Coffee Break
10.20-10.40 Enterprise Europe Network- Supports available to Irish companies
10.40-11.00 TESLA Supports
11.00-11.20 10 Top tips for selling in the UK
11.20-11.45 Case Study: Irish SME
11.45-12.00 Q&A


€3.9M Mobile App Development Grant

FrontierCities is one of a number of Accelerators that are the ‘gatekeepers’ for distributing €80m of funds under the EUs ‘FIWARE’ programme. This programme aims to develop and deploy mobile apps using the EU-developed Open Source ‘‘FIWARE’, in various economic sectors. frontierCities targets transport & mobility applications; there are 15 other accelerators for covering various sectors including energy, ehealth, elearning, environment, smart cities and many more.

frontierCities will have only 1 call under this programme, with a simple Stage 1 application closing on 16/2/2015. The programme targets SMEs / Startups / App-developers in the transport & mobility area; funding of €50-150k over 12 months is available.

Who should attend: Local Authority personnel with an interest in Smart Cities & Communities; Individuals and Companies with interest in Mobile App development generally, as well as in transport & mobility in particular; relevant Researchers and App developers.

A seminar explaining the Grants & simple application procedure will take place in the Nimbus Centre on Monday 19/1.

For additional information follow these links :

leaflet frontierCities


Invitation 2015-01-19


Turning your ideas into tomorrow

Individuals were given the opportunity to present ideas in private to a panel of Nimbus’ technical experts who provided guidance on whether the technology exists to make their idea real, and where they can obtain technical and financial assistance.
Nimbus engineers Barry Gettings, John Sheehy and Stuart Elder were on hand to meet with potential entrepreneurs to offer advice.

24th March, 11am-1pm ‘Innovation in Energy’
Hear 3-minute pitches on exciting new Energy developments. Speakers will describe the intial phases of innovative projects and the commercialisation potential. This event will provide insight into new ideas and what is involved in implementation. Refreshments will be served at 11am and there will be an opportunity to review the projects and speak with the indivudual project managers after the presentations.
27th March, 2-3pm Solving Europe’s energy issues
Two leading researchers discuss their projects and describe the positive impact the outcomes will have on Europe.

  1. DEWI : Over the past decades wireless communication technology has made life for citizens more convenient, be it in private, in public, or in business. However, wireless connections can reach far beyond mere communication needs for citizens, in particular in combination with information retrieval from the close environment via wireless sensor networks. This will significantly increase the level of flexibility for citizens including professional users in their environments. Here wired technologies are still dominant, mainly due to the lack of dependability, security, safety, privacy, or auto-configuration for wireless networks. Furthermore, current wireless solutions do not have a common reference design and service oriented architecture that is needed to build a market environment where competition enables attractive prices for citizens.
  2. Energy in Time will develop a Smart Energy Simulation Based Control method which will reduce the energy consumption in the operational stage of existing non-residential buildings, resulting in energy savings of up to 20%.

Simulation-based control for Energy Efficient building operation and maintenance – develop a smart energy simulation based control method to reduce the energy consumption and energy bill in the operational stage of existing non-residential buildings.


14th April, 12pm

The design behind your technology experience

The session commences with a lively discussion on how behavioural science improves our interaction with technology. The second speaker presents a real-world example on how the user experience was designed for an international marine safety training program.

1. How behavioural science can enhance technology (30 mins)

In recent years a mind shift away from purely ICT based approaches towards more integrated solutions is happening across the European research landscape. With the rise of “smart” equipment almost every technical development is meant to cause some interaction between appliances and users. Therefore it seems indicated not just to consider for example controlling technical equipment alone, but also move the focus towards carefully designed strategies taking the social and behavioural context into account.

For this reason it is helpful to take a closer look at the users themselves and to understand their motives, intentions, attitudes, and knowledge? Why/ or why not are they using a particular device? What are their expectations? And how can it help to positively influence their behaviour?

This talk will give a brief overview on how behavioural science can help to reveal possible underlying issues with the development and introduction of new technology. Taking the focus of the Nimbus Centre into account, the presentation will be giving examples on environmental and energy saving behaviour as well as from the eHealth sector, to give a short impression in which fields behavioural science could benefit future developments and research projects.

2. Case study : UX design for online training (20 mins)

SMACS – ‘Small Craft Emergency Response and Survival Training for Arctic Conditions‘ is a major international training programme developed in conjunction with CIT.

There were a lot of considerations to take on board when creating the SMACS online training programme. One of the main hurdles was creating a programme that was easily navigated. With so much content and such a diverse target audience, an approach was needed to suit all user needs. The project began with a design thinking workshop and developed from the there. User testing was a huge part of the process and helped to evaluate the design decisions. The outcome of the project was an easy to use, engaging training programme.

This is a free event, to register please email

27th April, 12pm (30 mins)

Managing Wireless Sensor Networks in the Internet of Things: An Agent-Oriented Approach

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) are a key enabler for realising the Internet of Things (IoT), with expectations of systems consisting of 10’s of 1000s of connect devices. WSN provide a level of freedom that has driven their popularity across many application domains such as building & industrial automation, healthcare, transport, security. They are relatively low cost, avoid the need for expensive wiring and are flexible in their deployment.

While these benefits are attractive, to achieve a reliable wireless network is a complex task that requires the installer to consider many influencing factors such as, the physical obstructions of a building, and interfering signals from other system, network topology, system architecture, protocol, lifetime. These fundamental complexities are further exacerbated when WSN are used within the context of the IoT, where additional requirements need to be considered such as availability, interoperability, multi-tenancy and cloud integration.

This talk will present the concept and initial realisation of an agent-based framework that supports the integration of WSN to an IoT architecture with specific focus on tools and services to support the autonomous management of connected smart objects.

This is a free event, to register please email