A Showcase of Leading-Edge Technologies Developed by TCD Researchers in Information & Communications Technology

Posted on: 10 November 2008

A sample of the latest technologies developed by Trinity College’s  researchers in Information & Communications Technology were showcased and demonstrated at an event hosted by Trinity Research & Innovation last week in the Science Gallery at TCD. The aim of the event was to showcase leading-edge research in ICT that is ready for commercialisation at Trinity and to promote collaboration with industry and the investment community.

Commenting on the importance of the event, Trinity Research & Innovation, Associate Director, James Callaghan said: “The event showcased a sample of the cutting-edge technologies that we have at Trinity. We’re looking for people to help us take these to market and we ran the event in an interesting way. No slides, no lectures, just exciting people and exciting technologies.”

 Examples of some of the ICT Projects on display were:

1. MetakallPay-as-you-go electronic payment architecture: Most WiFi hotspots today are closed and require a monthly subscription or a costly day pass to obtain access to the Internet. Metakall on the other hand is a low-cost pay-as-you-go electronic payment architecture for next generation mobile networks which pays the network operator for small access periods (e.g. a few minutes). It allows a user to access Internet services through any Metakall affiliated Wireless ISP (WISP) using a Zero Interaction Authentication (ZIA) mechanism which is ideal for small form factor devices such as smartphones.  The system is not dependent on the underlying radio technology and can easily migrate to WiMAX when it becomes more mainstream.

Researchers – Hitesh Tewari and Donal O’Mahony, Department of Computer Science & Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research CTVR

2. Anamates – Animating with ease

Anamates is a new web based service making it possible for anyone to create animations with ease. The software combines simplicity of use with powerful functionality, allowing users to create sophisticated and professional looking animations. It provides a library of images tailored for animations and the library is constantly growing, the more users create images and animations, the more the library grows.

Researcher  Brendan Tangney, Department of Computer Science, Centre for Research in IT in Education

3. CITU – Automatic Image Annotation

Human annotation of images in laboratories or a large body of work in an art gallery is tedious and slow.  By combining the skill of world leaders in language analysis and experts in image analysis CITU manages to automate the process of annotating or indexing images. The CITU system has been developed in a collaborative effort between the School of Computer Science, the School of Medicine and St James’s Hospital.

Researcher: Khurshid Ahmad, Department of Computer Science

*About Trinity Research and Innovation

Trinity Research and Innovation is the first point of contact for companies seeking to find opportunities to collaborate with leading research groups in Trinity College Dublin. Trinity Research & Innovation promotes and manages the interaction between TCD researchers, funding agencies and industry. It is also responsible for managing TCD’s Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship.