The Emerging Networks (EN) strand is one of the five research
strands in the CTVR,
the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research. CTVR
was established in July 2004 and is funded by the Science
Foundation of Ireland. The CTVR brings together a multi-disciplinary
group of researchers, drawn from eight Irish Universities
to work on industry-guided engineering and scientific challenges
that will redefine key elements of telecommunications systems,
architectures and networks and the value chains used to design,
build, market, and service them.
Emerging Networks (EN) is based in Trinity College, University
of Dublin, Ireland. Dr.
Linda Doyle from Trinity College is the leader of the
EN strand. Dr. Tim Forde and Dr. Keith Nolan are the deputy
In the Emerging Networks focus on fixed and
wireless networks. We concentrate on networks
that are distributed and disaggregated and
look to design unified architectures that
support fixed and mobile communications. We work from the
physical to the application layer as well as looking at the
wider economic context of the research advances.
To achieve our research goals we work hand in hand with the
other CTVR strands (RF, Photonics, Test & Reliability
and Optimisation & Management) and with our industrial
partners. The combining of the various areas of expertise
leads to a rich and multi-faceted approach to our research.
Labs Ireland is the founding industrial partner to
CTVR. Xilinx Research Labs Ireland is our
latest partner. We also currently have collaborative work
in industry-guided research is very important to CTVR and
the centre is always open to new industry collaborations and
The group is also engaged in some Enterprise
Ireland funded research.
is a major theme for the Emerging Networks strand of CTVR.
There are very many reasons why we have chosen to focus on
reconfigurability. Reconfigurability, for example, can enable
sophisticated multi-modal communication in one device and
networks and devices that are reconfigurable can adapt and
reconfigure as standards change and new standards emerge.
Reconfigurable communication systems can be generically manufactured
and then tailored to the needs of the customer, thus impacting
on the efficiency of the supply-chain as well as the ability
to meet the demands of the consumer. However the major driver
for the reconfigurability work current is Dynamic
Spectrum Access and Management.
The field of dynamic spectrum access focuses on new and very
dynamic methods for managing spectrum that move away from
this traditional command and control means of regulation.
There are many approaches to enabling a dynamic spectrum access.
The use of overlay and underlay techniques enabled through
cognitive radio, new market based regimes involving exclusive
usage rights and commons models are all being explored. We
both create prototype platforms that can facilitate dynamic
spectrum access as well as work on the economics of the issues
DySPAN (Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks) was
held in Dublin this April.
NETWORKS KEY AREAS OF INTEREST: Dynamic Spectrum Management,
Market-based Spectrum Assignment, Reconfigurable Radio, Cognitive
Networks, Collaborative Networks, Ad hoc Networks, Network
Security, Economics of Security, Electronic Payments, Optical
IP switched networks, Self-managed Networks, Economics of
of all our research projects can be found on the project
The CTVR award winning outreach project can be found at www.theresistors.com.