Instrumentation & Control
The Instrumentation & Control group focuses on the development of novel sensors and instrumentation. The group has generated almost €3M in funding since 1997 from the EU, the HEA (via PRTLI), Enterprise Ireland, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and others. The scope of the research has included development of bespoke instrumentation for evaluation of road pricing strategies, the development of FPGA based co-processors for finite element analysis, development of wireless Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) strain sensors, a new coupling of modes modelling technique for surface acoustic wave strain sensors, a vehicle based weigh-in-motion system for HGVs, delay tolerant networking systems with applications in environmental noise and air quality monitoring. In 2008, members of the group formed the campus company Sonitus Systems which specialises in environmental noise monitoring. In collaboration with the Dublin area councils, the company has recently deployed an extensive long term noise monitoring system which will provide real time noise information to the public and support the creation of city wide noise maps. The research group is currently developing a low cost air quality monitoring system to supplement the noise measurement system.
Research Staff and Students