Dundalk Institute of Technology

www.dkit.ie
Dublin, Ireland

Dundalk Institute of Technology formerly Regional Technical College, Dundalk is a 90-acre campus situated in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, halfway between Dublin and Belfast . The campus is 800 metres from the main Dublin Belfast road and 3 minutes drive from the M1 motorway to Dublin. Dublin Airport is a 35-minute drive by car. Dundalk is served by the Dublin Belfast Train corridor and Dundalk's Clarke Station is approximately a 20-minute walk from the campus. In 2002 DkIT took possession of the adjoining PJ Carroll Tobacco Factory. By 2005 partial development took place in the Carroll's site with Plumbing and Electrical Trades Workshops relocated there and the opening of a "Bright Room" digital media editing suite. Refurbishment of 11,500 square metres of the PJ Carroll Building was completed by 2010, and the School of Informatics and Creative Arts took up full-time residence there. The Building was officially opened on 11 February 2011 by the then An Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen TD who stated that "the completion of a €38m capital investment at the Dundalk Institute of Technology campus represents a vote of confidence in the Institute’s future and will help further strengthen its capacity to drive economic regeneration in the northeast".In 2005 a building for the newly introduced Nursing and Health studies was opened. In 2005 also, DkIT became one of the first urban locations to have an industrial standard wind turbine installed. It is the first large wind turbine in the world to be constructed on the campus of a third level institution.The institution was one of the original network of Regional Technical Colleges set up in the 1970s with an emphasis on business, engineering and science. Over the past decade and a half, the Institute has expanded its range of programmes to include hospitality, humanities, music, creative arts and nursing. Apprenticeship courses have long been a feature of the Institute, there has been continual expansion in the Apprenticeship provisioning the electrical and plumbing fields. The Institute has four Schools, with each one consisting of a number of departments with a wide range of programmes on offer. Additionally, the Lifelong Learning Centre offers many part-time study options and there are also many apprenticeship options on offer, through the School of Engineering.The four schools at DkIT are: School of Business and Humanities Department of Business Studies Department of Humanities Department of Management and Financial Studies Section of Hospitality Studies School of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Construction and Surveying Department of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering School of Informatics and Creative Arts Department of Computing and Mathematics Section of Creative Media Section of Music School of Health and Science Department of Applied science Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies Section of MidwiferyMr Denis Cummins has been President of the Institute since 2006. The previous presidentsprincipals have been Dr Seán McDonagh, Mr Denis Murphy , Mr Gerry Carroll and Dr Tom Collins.The Chairman of the Board of Govornors since 2011 is Mr. Andrew Griffith he succeeded Ms. Joanna Gardiner and Mr. Clifford Kelly.DkIT currently awaits with great interest the implementation of the recent Hunt Report as the Institute determines the optimum pathway towards its future re-designation as a 'Technological University'. Wikipedia.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-EJD | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.06M | Year: 2017

Environmental perturbations to lakes and reservoirs occur largely as episodic climatic events. These range from relatively short mixing events to storms and heat waves. While the driving events occur along a continuum of frequency and magnitude, however, their effect is generally longer lasting than the events themselves. In addition, the more extreme weather events are now becoming increasingly frequent, a trend that has been linked to directional climate change and is projected to continue in the coming decades. Understanding the impact of these short-lived pressures requires monitoring that captures the event (hoursdays) and the ensuing impact, that can last for months or even years. Only recently has automated high frequency monitoring (HFM) of lakes been adopted throughout Europe. This Training Network will investigate the effects of the most extreme events, and of cumulative lower magnitude events, using HFM, while at the same time training a cohort of doctoral students in state-of-the art technology, data analysis and modelling. The aim of the EJD is to change the way in which water quality monitoring is carried out so that the effects of episodic climatic events can be understood, thus ensuring that future water management strategies can explicitly account for their effects.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-25-2015 | Award Amount: 4.88M | Year: 2016

ProACT targets Europes 50 million multimorbid patients to proactively self-manage and offset the EUs annual 700billion cost of chronic disease management. ProACT aims at providing and evaluating an open application programming interface to integrate a variety of new and existing technologies to advance home based integrated care (IC). Cloud based data analytics will determine correlations between technology use and the influence of support actors to impact on the health and quality of life of patients. Research will examine 4 models of care/support, central to implementing effective, continued and coordinated patient-centric care/self-management. Development of a novel data aggregation and cloud platform system will enable data analysis for improvement of IC, effective measurement of results and comparison of efficiency and costs, so that the relationship between patients and their personalized care network is optimized. Proof of concept trials (120 patients in total, with associated care/support actors) will be carried out within Health Services (Ireland and Belgium) with associated living lab facilities to ensure patient co-design technology approaches. Clinical status information, therapies and activity tools will be deployed for the conditions of: chronic heart failure (CHF), diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tools to support mild cognitive impairment and detect early onset dementia are included. Commercial potential will be validated during the project supported by a European feasibility study to assess the cultural and political determinants for adoption and scalability of the ecosystem. ProACT engages a multidisciplinary EU consortium of 3 public and 9 private organizations (including 2 of the worlds leading ICT companies, the largest home care provider and 2 EU service provider and technology networks) to develop and validate the ecosystem. Individually partners could develop the components. Together we can develop the system.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.6.4 | Award Amount: 4.40M | Year: 2013

INDICATE proposes a novel city-wide decision support system which accounts for all major systems and activities relevant to developing energy-efficient cities. To create a Smart Economy, integrated smart urban planning tools including architectural masterplanning and detailed energy optimisation and environmental analysis will be required. If this is not addressed, we will be unable to deliver the Millennium Development Goals as agreed by each of the UN member states.\n\nINDICATE addresses these issues through the development of a decision support tool that is used in all stages of urban development of a city. The tool can be used to (i) inform masterplanning at early stages of urban development; (ii) help make decisions with respect to best technologies to integrate and their economic and environmental impact to the urban environment; and (iii) optimise existing Smart Technologies to further reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This is achieved through the integration of Dynamic Simulation Modelling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 3D Urban CAD Modelling Tools, Sustainable Urban Indicators and algorithms for Demand Side Management and local balancing of energy use into a single software package.\n\nExisting tools tend to address single sub-systems and dont examine the city in a holistic manner with respect to all city sub-systems and their interactions. The few tools that address this do not have the Dynamic Simulation Modelling capability to simulate the environment and show the ripple effect that a decision will have in the overall urban context.\n\nThe consortium includes world leaders in Dynamic Simulation Modelling & GIS, experts in urban planning, sustainable indicators, algorithm development and demand side management and Public Authority end users. Included are 3 test sites in 2 cities (Genoa, IT and Dundalk, IRL).


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 4.89M | Year: 2017

Cyber-Physical-Systems harbor the potential for vast economic and societal impact in all major application domains, however in case of failure this may lead to catastrophic results for industry and society. Thus, ensuring the dependability of such systems is the key to unlocking their full potential and enabling European industries to develop confidently business models that will nurture their societal uptake. The DEIS project addresses this challenges by developing technologies that form a science of dependable system integration. In the core of these technologies lies the concept of a Digital Dependability Identity (DDI) of a component or system. DDIs are composable and executable in the field facilitating (a) efficient synthesis of component and system dependability information over the supply chain and (b) effective evaluation of this information in-the-field for safe and secure composition of highly distributed and autonomous CPS. This concept shall be deployed and evaluated in four use cases: Automotive: Stand-alone system for intelligent physiological parameter monitoring Automotive: Advanced driver simulator for evaluation of automated driving functions Railway: Plug-and-play environment for heterogeneous railway systems Healthcare: Clinical decision support app for oncology professionals The DEIS project will impact the CPS market by providing new engineering methods and tools reducing significantly development time and cost of ownership, while supporting integration and interoperability of dependability information over the product lifecycle and over the supply chain. The development and application of the DDI approach on four use cases from three different application domains will illustrate the applicability of the DDI concept while increasing the competitiveness of the use case owners in their respective markets.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.5.1 | Award Amount: 416.65K | Year: 2013

A large amount of resources have been given since the beginning of both the FP7 and CIP, on research and innovation projects related to eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living with a focus on empowering people with age related dependencies or disabilities to live independently, delay/avoid institutionalisation and staying active and solutions that combine health, social care and smart living systems and age-friendly environments.\nThis large amount of projects, however, seems fragmented to their individual aims and objectives, creating a large need for cross project communication and interactivity that is required for a wider societal and business impact. Several following drawbacks have been identified:\n-Lack of connectivity and knowledge sharing between all the projects that are dealing with similar health, ageing and inclusion problems or complementary technologies.\n-Lack of awareness and effective dialog between stakeholders involved in health, ageing and inclusion-care and all the research and innovation projects funded by the EC.\n- Slow up-take of technological innovation due to a lack of appropriate visibility and valuation of project results quality and potential\n- Lack of awareness of the wider societal and business impact that research and innovation results on health, ageing and inclusion can bring to local and regional communities\nHAIVISIO will enhance visibility and awareness on the results generated from eHealth, Active Ageing and Independent Living projects, supporting a community building around these results, through a series of communication activities and synergies exploration. The proposed project will engage all relevant projects in a collective and synergetic way, identifying best-practices, involving the most active partners and stakeholders and disseminating widely the added value and assets generated from each project. It will link and work in tandem will almost all relevant projects funded by the EC.


Patent
Dundalk Institute of Technology | Date: 2012-04-11

This invention relates to compounds comprising a substituted or unsubstituted anthraquinone, or a salt or isomer thereof, for use in treating a disorder caused by or associated with dysfunctional ion channel activity; for example, BK Channel activity. The compounds of the present invention find utility in the treatment such as urinary incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and arterial hypertension, cardiovascular diseases including myocardial infarction, erectile dysfunction and airway constriction.


Patent
Dundalk Institute of Technology | Date: 2015-07-31

The present invention relates to a compound comprising a substituted or unsubstituted anthraquinone, or a salt or isomer thereof, for use in treating a disorder caused by or associated with dysfunctional ion channel activity. The invention finds utility in the treatment of disorders associated with smooth muscle tone and contraction, such as but not limited to partial hypertension; myocardial infarction; faecal incontinence; constipation; gastro oesophageal reflux; impaired gastrointestinal passage; urinary incontinence; erectile dysfunction; and asthma.


Patent
Dundalk Institute of Technology | Date: 2011-05-18

The present invention relates to a trailing edge section (2) for a turbine blade (1). The trailing edge section comprises a first chamber (3,23) having at least one deformable wall (4); wherein the first chamber is adapted to collapse when a predetermined rotor speed is reached. In an embodiment, the trailing edge section further comprises a second chamber (26) arranged adjacent the first chamber (23), such that when the first chamber collapses, the second chamber is adapted to undergo a corresponding change in shape from an aerodynamic shape to a less aerodynamic shape.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2009.7.1 | Award Amount: 1.20M | Year: 2010

Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID) will develop a comprehensive RTD roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism. It will characterise key research challenges and produce a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe.\n\nBRAID responds to the apparent need to consolidate the various existing perspectives, plans, roadmaps and research and to coordinate effectively the stakeholders in ICT and Ageing. It will utilise knowledge repositories and stakeholder networks to create a self-sustaining, dynamic strategic mechanism for overcoming the fragmentation that has plagued e-inclusion and for improving co-ordination and collaboration among stakeholders. BRAID has three main objectives, to:\n\n\tCreate a dynamic ICT and Ageing roadmap that addresses older peoples needs not otherwise well met, that identifies and benefits from best practices in the EU and elsewhere and that analyses current and potential gaps in knowledge and execution;\n\tInstantiate a strategic research agenda that tracks and builds upon existing, emerging and disruptive technologies and that responds to the changing socio-economic conditions of stakeholders;\n\tExpand the BRAID networks of contacts to build a self-sustaining co-ordination mechanism which is viral and ubiquitous and reaches out across the heterogeneity of stakeholders.\n\nBRAID will build upon the experience and knowledge developed in previous projects while taking account of e-inclusion efforts in the EU27 as well as Australia, Canada, Japan and the US. The team is a unique group made up by representatives of the four FP7 ICT and Ageing roadmap consortia (AALIANCE, CAPSIL, ePAL, SENIOR) and gathers together EU excellence in the field of ICT and Ageing from the main, relevant perspectives.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IAPP | Award Amount: 1.83M | Year: 2010

INCORPORATING EUROPEAN FUNDAMENTAL VALUES INTO ICT FOR AGEING: A VITAL POLITICAL, ETHICAL , TECHNOLOGICAL, AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGE (VALUE-AGEING) is a 48 month Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways Action which aims to foster co-operation between non-commercial and commercial entities on a joint research project about the incorporation of Fundamental Values of the EU in Info-Communication Technology (ICT) for Ageing. ICT gives individuals as well as societies the possibility to improve their lives and to free them from certain constraints. Technology alleviates the tyranny of human material constitution, its physical limitations, its spatiotemporal constraints, and its limited capacity to perform actions. This holds particularly true for ICT for ageing, provided that technology is respectful of values such as human dignity, autonomy, respect for privacy, family life, data protection and non-discrimination. Good technology is not just about making something better; it is about doing something different and consequently making people think differently. Fundamental values should be built into the design stage of ICT from the outset. We need to understand both the way in which existing values are driving technology innovation, and how technology in its turn is changing peoples standards. Social scientists and ethicists should learn from technologists, and in their turn technologists should learn from scholars working on human values. Value issues must be addressed at the design stages because it is then, when instruments are thought up, that meanings and values are embedded in technology. This makes a project like VALUE-AGEING a vital instrument to incorporate fundamental EU principles in industrial strategies and technological awareness in policy setting. The VALUE-AGEING partnership represents a unique multidisciplinary combination which will contribute towards educating a new generation of researchers in the fiel

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