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20091015 TSSG Overview



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This slide set is designed to give a brief overview of the TSSG (Telecommunications Software & Systems Group) for the IdeaGen event on 15th October 2009. The aim of the event is to link researchers and entrepreneurs in the filed of Telecommunications & Internet to help support regional innovation. The TSSG has a 13 year track record as a regional catalyst for software innovation.

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20091015 TSSG Overview

  1. 2. TSSG Executive Management <ul><li>Willie Donnelly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director, TSSG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also Head of Research in WIT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Mícheál Ó Foghlú </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Director Research, TSSG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also director of Irish IPv6 Centre </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Barry Downes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Director Innovation & Commercialisation, TSSG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also director of 3CS - Converged Communications Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Eamonn de Leastar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CTO, TSSG </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. TSSG is in ArcLabs <ul><li>ArcLabs: building, centre, idea - a catalyst for innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combines R&D and Innovation in WIT under one roof </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A formal structure in WIT to link research and innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But it’s really about the people (and our track record) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Willie Donnelly et al (Director TSSG - 150 staff/students, 125 projects, 14 companies, 60 jobs in the companies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kathryn Kiely (WIT Manager Industry Services) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tom Corcoran (Centre Manager, ArcLabs - 21 companies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill O’Gorman (Centre for Entrepreneurship) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eugene Crehan (SEEPP - 18 participants, historically 130 companies creating 320 jobs regionally) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TSSG/SEEPP co-location since 2001 in Confederation House “Research & Innovation Centre” opened </li></ul>
  3. 4. TSSG Research & Innovation <ul><li>Teaching and Learning (WIT) </li></ul><ul><li>Taught Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Research -The Science (HEA & SFI) </li></ul><ul><li>Postdocs, PhD students, Journal papers </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Research -The Engineering (EUFP7) </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial partners, Prototypes, Conference papers </li></ul><ul><li>Commercialisation -The Entrepreneur (EI) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality-driven software, Patents, Licensing , Spin-out, Spin-in companies </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Activity - (Separate from TSSG) </li></ul><ul><li>Customers, VC Investment, Revenue </li></ul>
  4. 5. TSSG Macro Model TT ILO Companies Commercial Experimental Development Funding of projects Institutional support and internal links Spin-out, Spin-in, and Licencing Incubation &Training Enterprise Ireland RSU CFM CFE
  5. 6. TSSG Organisational Structure Other Company EI Client or Multinational SEEPP Basic and Applied Research Centre for Converged Services Validation Mícheál Ó Foghlú Barry Downes (3CS) Funding CIM Miguel Ponce de Leon PCS Kevin Doolin CSG IMIS ETA IP TSSG Knowledge Management CF-POC CF-POC CORD / Feasibility Operations Infrastructure & Design
  6. 7. TSSG Funded Project Stats Average project = €450k, Total = €60 Million 1996-2009 Staff number = 140 (20 PhDs, 5 Faculty, 12 Postdocs) Spin-in/Spin-Out company job number = 60 Partners = 150 academic & industrial partners working on funded projects projects 78 Completed Projects Jan 2009 projects 37 Active Projects Jan 2009 % 75 of which TSSG led projects 125 Total Projects
  7. 8. TSSG Funding Mix: All Projects Total: €60 M Funding (1996 – 2009) Total: 125 Projects <ul><li>A Balanced Portfolio: </li></ul><ul><li>Basic: HEA & SFI (39%) </li></ul><ul><li>Applied: EU (31%) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-product: EI (29%) </li></ul><ul><li>(Basic includes capital expenditure i.e. buildings) </li></ul>
  8. 9. TSSG Positioning <ul><li>Basic Research (HEA, SFI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of TOP 3 academic centre's in Ireland in telecommunications: WIT (TSSG), TCD (CTVR), DCU (RINCE) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Applied Research (EU FP7) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Irish winner of EU FP7 funding - twice nearest competitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ranked Top 10 institute in Europe in Future Internet research (i.e. on a par with Nokia, Ericsson, FhG FOKUS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged in many EU Technology Platforms at board level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(eMobility, NEM, NESSI) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. TSSG Positioning Contd… <ul><li>Commercialisation (EI) </li></ul><ul><li>One of the top research groups for commercialisation </li></ul><ul><li>Leading edge innovation & technology development in: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IMS </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial ‘Spin-offs’ (Separate from TSSG) </li></ul><ul><li>Early stage technology clusters emerging based around TSSG work </li></ul><ul><li>60 jobs created in ‘Spin-Off’ companies linked to TSSG </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop other companies in the marketplace </li></ul>
  10. 11. TSSG Research & Innovation Philosophy <ul><li>Research and innovation is non-linear: </li></ul><ul><li>good ideas come from ALL parts of an ecosystem - requiring a balance of funding to maintain the flow of the ecosystem </li></ul><ul><li>Equal value across all parts of ecosystem: </li></ul><ul><li>basic research , applied research , and commercialisation, build expertise in VC funding and following stages </li></ul><ul><li>Build research teams: </li></ul><ul><li>utilise non-traditional staff ( professional researchers ) in applied and commercial research - fight academic norms/assumptions </li></ul>
  11. 12. Stokes’ Pasteur’s Quadrant <ul><li>A detailed Analysis of Vannevar Bush, NSF, OECD Frascati and other ways in which basic and applied research have been split by funding mechanisms, to the detriment of technological innovation. </li></ul>Stokes, Donald E. [1997] Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation. Washington D.C., USA: Brookings Institution Press.
  12. 13. Stokes’ Pasteur’s Quadrant Quest for Fundamental understanding? Considerations for Use ? No Yes No Yes (Adapted from Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation , Stokes 1997, p. 73). Pure Applied Research (Edison) Taxonomies and Tools Researchers are the users Use-Inspired Basic Research (Pasteur) Pure Basic Research (Bohr)
  13. 14. TSSG Industrial Engagement <ul><li>Multi-national (examples) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ericsson, IBM, Cisco - partners SFI SRC FAME </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intel - partners EU FP7 projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Irish Indigenous (examples) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eircom, Rococo, Mobile Aware - partners EI ILRP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meteor, Druid - partners IMS Testbed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TSSG Spin-out (examples - see next slides) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Headway, Zolk C, Feedhenry </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TSSG Spin-in (examples - see next slides) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MUZU </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Headway Wins ‘Jolt Award’ The 'Oscars” of Software Development Industry Honor Innovation & Technological Achievement Winner: Structure101 for Java JOLT Award San Francisco
  15. 16. Zolk C
  16. 17. MUZU
  17. 18. Feedhenry Carrier SDP & Web services Layer
  18. 19. Contact Details <ul><li>TSSG Offices: </li></ul><ul><li>TSSG (Waterford, Ireland) Headquarters </li></ul><ul><li>ArcLabs Research & Innovation Building </li></ul><ul><li>WIT West Campus, Carriganore </li></ul><ul><li>Co. Waterford, Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>TSSG (California, USA) Investment/VC Network </li></ul><ul><li>101 California Street </li></ul><ul><li>Suite 2450 </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>CA 94111 , USA </li></ul><ul><li>TSSG (Dublin, Ireland) Customer Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Depot, Roe Lane </li></ul><ul><li>The Digital Hub </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin 8, Ireland </li></ul>Mícheál Ó Foghlú Executive Director Research TSSG, WIT [email_address] +353 51 302963 (w) +353 86 8044640 (m) Barry Downes Executive Director 3CS TSSG, WIT [email_address] +353 51 302932 (w) +353 87 9075535 (m)