A number of WIT/TSSG researchers will join up to eighty senior researchers from Brazil this week at the first ever Brazil-Ireland Science Week, to be held in Dublin Castle. Presidents of Brazilian funding agencies will also attend the conference entitled ‘Collaborative Research for a Better Future’. WIT/TSSG has a number of ongoing research collaborations with leading Brazilian universities, for example:
• TSSG researchers Dr Brendan Jennings, Dr Lei Shi and PhD student Runxin Wang collaborates with Prof. Lisandro Granville Zambenedetti from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) on techniques for managing data traffic in cloud computing data centres. The collaboration was initiated when Runxin spend a month in UFRGS last year and is continuing at the moment with TSSG hosting one of Prof. Granville’s PhD students, Juliano Wickboldt. The work has already result in the publication of a paper in the proceedings of the CNSM 2014 conference, with more jointly authored papers in preparation;
• School of Engineering lecturer Dr Paul O’Leary is collaborating with Professor Luiz Alberto Jermolovicius, Professor José Thomaz Senise and Professor E.V.S. Pouzada of the Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia, Sao Paulo, in a microwave study of electrical permittivity changes during chemical reactions.
• TSSG researcher Dr Ruairí de Fréin is collaborating with Prof. Michele Nogueira from the Federal University of Paraná on the development of bio-inspired methods for management of Cognitive Radio. Dr de Fréin and Prof. Nogueira have co-presented a tutorial on the topic at the IEEE DSN 2014 conference in Atlanta, USA and at the IEEE CCNC 2015 conference in Las Vegas, USA.
• Mr. Jim Clarke, program manager at the TSSG is leading an Research Brazil Ireland working group (WG) under the ICT Theme dedicated to examining research and innovation challenges related to Trustworthy ICT, including trust and security in cloud computing, privacy protection and cyber security. Brazilian researchers in the WG include Prof. Priscila Solís Mendéz of University of Brasilia, Prof. Lisandro Granville Zambenedetti from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Prof. Ricardo Dahab of University of Campinas, Prof. Antônio Augusto Fröhlich of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Prof. Antonio Marcos Alberti of INATEL, and Prof. Flávio de Oliveira Silva of Federal University of Uberlândia, amongst others.
Dr Brendan Jennings, WIT Head of Graduate Studies and a senior researcher with the TSSG, commented that funding provided by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) via the Research Brazil Ireland project, “offered a fantastic opportunity to initiate collaborations with Prof. Granville and Prof. Nogueira, two of the leading experts in the network and service management research area, who I had known for many years, but was never able to work with directly.”
Mr Jim Clarke, the RBI project coordinator for WIT, said that “Our work in the Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Brazil Ireland project (http://rbi.ie) has been instrumental in making WIT one of the first choices for Brazilian students in the last two academic years, due to the close coordination between the RBI funded WIT-TSSG research and innovation collaborations in Brazil and the well established connections of the WIT International Office. We are looking forward to welcoming our Brazilian collaborators to the upcoming RBI Science week in Dublin.”
Dr. Willie Donnelly, Founder, Director, Chair of Executive Board at TSSG and Vice President of Research and Innovation in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is chairing an afternoon session on Day 2 of the event entitled: Opportunities to pitch research and industry links in the RBI thematic areas, including Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials, Environmental Science, Information & Communication Technology, Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Health, and Sustainable Energy & Agri-production. The session is dedicated to matching the research and innovation competencies of the Brazilian and Irish participants together.
As well as Brazilian and Irish researchers, participants in the conference will include representatives from Irish research institutes, government bodies such as Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Brazil will participate in group discussions, along with industry representatives and European Union personnel.
Research Brazil Ireland (RBI), funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is a strategic cooperation initiative that brings together a consortium of eleven Irish third-level institutions and research centres to drive a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland’s scientific and technological reputation in Brazil and to highlight Ireland’s attractiveness as an international research partner.
Ireland is recognised as a world-class location for research, development and innovation with a proven track record of aligning activity to the current and emerging needs of industry.
Brazil is an emerging economy with the ambition, capacity and resources to become a world leader in high-level scientific research. Both countries have a well-established and respected profile amongst the global science community and are increasingly focused on looking outwards and internationalising their research activities.
The RBI programme was created to develop research and educational links between Ireland and Brazil across five thematic areas: Information and Communication Technologies; Environmental Science and Technologies; Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology; Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Health; and Sustainable Energy and Agroproduction.
During Brazil-Ireland Science Week, SFI will sign Memorandums of Understanding with FAPERJ, the Rio de Janeiro State funding agency for scientific research; with Confap, the national council for state funding agencies in Brazil. These agreements will enable future collaborations between Irish researchers and their Brazilian counterparts. This adds to existing understandings already in place between SFI and FAPESP, the Sao Paulo Science funding agency, and CAPES, and CNPq, two federal funding agencies from Brazil.
In the last two years alone, the Brazilian government has funded more than two thousand science students to study for one year in Irish universities and Institutes of Technology, under a programme called Science without Borders. Next September, a further 1,123 students will arrive to Irish higher education institutes.
The Brazilian government, through its funding agencies, has commended Ireland for the reception offered to these students, and had to adjust the amount of places available to Ireland in the most recent scholarship process, due to unprecedented demand from the Brazilian students.
Brazil-Ireland Science Week is an important opportunity to deepen existing relationships and identify new partnership possibilities that are relevant in a constantly evolving global landscape, by bringing together researchers, higher education institutions, funding agencies, industry representatives and policy decision makers.
Research Brazil Ireland is coordinated by Dublin City University and has a local office in Rio de Janeiro.
For further information on the RBI conference, Collaborative Research for a Better Future, please visit: http://rbi.ie/science-week/