Communications and Intelligent Systems research at Trinity College Dublin is investigating the science underpinning the construction of networked computer systems that are capable of understanding and reacting to the world in which they are deployed.
Our research on telecommunications and networking focuses on the integration of fixed and wireless networks concentrating on networks that are distributed and disaggregated and seeking to design unified architectures that support both fixed and mobile communications. Our work in this area has three focal points:
- The development of a range of architectures and architectural principles for future telecommunications systems integrating optical core, cellular edge and wireless ad-hoc networks that will underpin the future Internet.
- Dynamic spectrum access and management techniques enabling new and very dynamic methods for managing spectrum that move away from this traditional centralised means of regulation.
- Distributed systems middleware architectures supporting the development of mobile, real-time and embedded networked applications in areas such as intelligent transportation systems and global business systems.
Parallel research in Intelligent Systems addresses the ability of computer systems to perceive what is going on in the world, cogitate (think and reason) about real-world situations, represent knowledge and make decisions about appropriate actions and activities to be carried out, and interact with humans and other systems to achieve some goal. Our work in this area also has three major focal points:
- Investigation of novel techniques for perceptually-adaptive computer graphics and perception of virtual environments with multi-sensory input based on a multidisciplinary combination of computer graphics, engineering and cognitive neuroscience research.
- The design of novel methods for the construction of knowledge-driven adaptive systems enabling new approaches to eLearning personalisation, community-based policy management, and workflow management.
- Analysis of natural language syntax, semantics and pragmatics from the perspective of cognitive science and formal logic including event semantics as well as text classification and sentiment analysis.
This research will contribute to the development of the future Internet as well as of computer systems that can adapt intelligently to the behaviour of their human users delivering, for example, enhanced visual experiences for users of virtual environments such as games.