A global communications conference with over 2,000 virtual delegates and 1,100 academic papers is being coordinated and run from a kitchen table in Tramore.
Dr. Brendan Jennings, senior researcher in Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is chairing the world’s flagship conference for communications engineers this week from his kitchen.
The conference, with 22 workshop presentations, 14 tutorials and 5 keynotes, which was due to be held in Dublin’s Convention Centre, was moved online due to the COVID-19 crisis. Attracting over 2,000 virtual delegates, the conference addresses topics such as driverless cars, drones and next generation mobile networks. A last minute addition to the keynote line up is Eric Schmidt, former Chairman and CEO of Google.
The International Conference on Communications (ICC) is organised each year by IEEE – the world’s largest technical professional organisation.
Brendan, who is the interim director of CONNECT, said, “Since the COVID-19 restrictions started, I think we have all developed a new appreciation for the importance of our communications networks.
“Conference organisers have been working on this event for three years and, in just three months, we have reformatted the conference to host it online, it’s amazing to discover what can be achieved with just a few laptops,” he continued.
“This conference brings together the world’s leading minds to discuss how communications technology can be developed even further.”
The conference runs until Thursday the 11th of June.