RTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology announce joint funding of research projects

By 7th June 2016 No Comments

WIT has expertise mobile technology, engineering, and information technology, areas which are relevant to the development of the future broadcasting industry

ArclabsRTÉ and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have today announced a two-year agreement to jointly fund a research project of significance to the Waterford area which will inform both RTÉ’s and WIT’s work in the region.

The announcement of the joint research programme was made following an RTÉ Board meeting held at Carriganore House on WIT’s West Campus, which is also the location of the RTÉ South-East Regional studios. WIT’s West Campus is also home to the NRCI and TSSG research centres and incubation hub, Arclabs.

Commenting on the announcement, Kevin Bakhurst, Acting Director-General, RTÉ said, “This announcement represents a further development of our partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology and supports our shared aim of serving the community, following the opening of regional studios on campus two years ago. Research plays an important role in helping RTÉ understand how we can make an even greater positive impact on Irish life and continue to meet the needs of our audiences throughout the country.”

RTÉ and WIT will jointly make seed funding available to support research projects of mutual interest and benefit that will directly impact on the development of broadcasting in the region.

These projects may include research on new technologies and their impact on broadcasting, on regional audiences and audience development, and on multi-lingual broadcasting, with a particular focus on the Irish language in the region. The projects will seek to inform RTÉ’s policies on the further enhancement of its regional broadcasting and WIT’s own future strategy as an innovative higher education institution.

We are delighted to support these research programmes with our partner RTÉ,” said WIT President Willie Donnelly, welcoming the initiative.

The potential exists for the south-east of Ireland to be a leader in the future development of the broadcasting industry and the expertise that exists within WIT in the areas of mobile technology and engineering, information technology, and related areas makes the fit between RTÉ—which has great and positive ambitions in this region — and WIT a very good one.”

WIT representatives met with members of the RTÉ Board to explain some of the important research initiatives being developed at WIT including conference and networking app fuseami, Wizeoni a person-centric data platform for the Internet of Things, Liquid Edge, and Immersive VR Education.