Research Centre

Connect Centre

CONNECT  is the  Science Foundation Ireland  research centre for communications networking,  services, applications and technologies. Its mission is to research, develop  and innovate solutions to the communications challenges facing society.  New broadband architectures, new cellular technologies and the Internet  of Things is at the centre of its work.

Many of  the challenges it aims to address are related to ageing  societies, the environment, energy and pollution, the  intensification of agriculture, and mass entertainment.

Whether it’s connecting small simple Things or big complex Things, we need new ways of rolling out  responsive and flexible networks. CONNECT exists to develop these new connections.

TSSG’s team of 15 researchers working within the CONNECT centre are developing solutions for resource allocation in vehicular networks, Network Functions Virtualisation, management of Internet of Things services, and nanoscale networks.

Research Areas

  • Future networks, including wireless and optical technologies
  • Network-aware services and service-aware networks
  • Responsive Things (key components of the Internet of Things)
  • Testbed-based experimentation and iterative development

Research Programmes

CONNECT’s circa 200 researchers tackle both significant long-term challenges and nearer-term problems of interest to industry. Their work includes the development of:

  • Energy-efficient ultra-low power smart sensors
  • Programmable network substrates for multi-stakeholder ecosystems
  • Extreme-sharing systems for Cloud-RAN architectures
  • Network-aware reconfigurable multiband/multimode transceiver architectures
  • Resource Allocation Solutions for vehicular networks
Academic Partners
Trinity College Dublin
Cork Institute of Technology
Dublin City University
Dublin Institute of Technology
Maynooth University
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick
Waterford Institute of Technology
Tyndall National Institute

Industry and Commercialisation

CONNECT works with its industry partners on targeted projects in the areas of Internet of Things, future cellular (5G and beyond), next-generation broadband, software-defined networks and cloud-based services. CONNECT addresses their research needs in a timely and effective manner.


Ireland’s largest public data centre Pan-Ireland network connecting research partners Indoor/outdoor wireless testbeds for cellular, Cloud-RAN and SDR Internet of Things testbeds. Operations the Pervasive Nation Internet of Things Testbed (

Industry Partners

Aeronet Global, Alcatel Lucent (Bell Labs), Analog Devices, Ampleon, Arris, Benetel, Cisco, Cork City Council, Dublin City Council, ESB, Google, Huawei, IBM, InnaLabs, Intel, MACOM,  Nonlinear Systems,  Rambus, RCNx, Real Wireless, Rivada Networks, S3, Synopsys, Taoglas, UTRC, Xilinx

Key Contacts at Connect
Prof Linda Doyle

Centre Director,

Dr Tim Forde

Executive Director,

Contacts in Connect for TSSG 
Dr. Brendan Jennings

CONNECT Principal Investigator at TSSG, WIT Head of Graduate Studies

Professor Willie Donnelly

Funded Investigator at CONNECT, President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)

Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam

Funded Investigator, Director of Research at TSSG

Michael Barros

Research Fellow

John Byabazaire

Master’s Researcher

Alan Davy

Research Fellow

Steven Davy

Funded Investigator

Mike Donohoe

Research Fellow

Sidhant Hasija

Master’s Researcher

Jerry Horgan

Research Fellow

Martin Johnsson

Management & Operations

Genaro Longia

PhD Researcher

Daniel Martins

PhD Researcher

Mohit Taneja

PhD Researcher