Category Archives: research

The Irish Systems and Signals Conference 2016

On June 21st – 22nd Trevor Murphy (Post-graduate researcher at IMaR) presented an academic paper at the 27th annual “Irish Systems and Signals Conference” (ISSC 2016) in the University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland also attended by Dr. Joseph Walsh (Head of Department of STEM, IT Tralee). Over the past 27 years, ISSC has become the premier conference in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems. The conference focuses on Digital Signal Processing, Control, Communications, related fields of ICT, encompasses algorithm and system modelling, design and implementation, for a broad range of applications. Trevor’s paper focuses on the paradigm shift in pharmaceutical manufacturing with regards to the quality by design (QBD) framework and process analytical technology (PAT) method of utilising a suite of novel sensors and analysers to continuously monitor and control pharmaceutical manufacturing quality parameters. The paper titled “Pharmaceutical manufacturing and the quality by design (QBD)), process analytical technology (PAT) approach” is to be published on the IEEE Xplore digital library in the coming weeks.

The AIM 2016 Conference in Canada

Niall O’ Mahony attended the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The AIM 2016 conference brings together an international community of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art, new research results, perspectives of future developments, and innovative applications relevant to mechatronics, robotics, control, automation, and related areas. The Content presented was Smart Sensors for Process Analytical Technology. The paper presented reviewed the advantages of smart sensors and their role in recent trends in intelligent manufacturing such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Industry 4.0. The paper also presented the selection process for a number of smart sensors for a number of industrial applications dealt with in collaborative work with the ProPAT project. These applications included the Mass flowrate, Moisture content and Temperature of powders in milling and pharmaceutical industries and the Moisture content, Viscosity and Colour of polymer resin in a polymerisation process. This paper has been published in IEEEXplore Conference Proceedings for 2015 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).

Masters by Research Scholarships 2016

Thinking about pursuing  a Masters by Research ? The IMaR Technology Gateway  currently has a number of funded Masters by Research Scholarships as part of this years IT Tralee scholarship programme. Closing date for receipt of applications is 9th May 2016. Successful applicants will commence their programmes in September. Download application form.    

Intelligent Profiling of Blood Donors in Ireland

Joanna Kossakowska one of the researcher at IMaR is currently researching methods for improving efficiency of blood collection in Ireland. The main goal of the study is to examine currently available techniques for intelligent profiling of blood donors. This involves examination and identification of most suitable data mining techniques and machine learning algorithms which will be applied on individuals’ historical data in order to predict their future blood donation patterns. This research can be run thanks to the support and collaboration from Irish Blood Transfusion Services. However, further help from volunteers is needed, as a special survey has been developed to provide data for the research. If you would like to know more about the project and participate in the study by filling out the survey please visit: http://blood-donors-research.imar.ie/