Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference 2019 

The Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference will  be held on the Grangegorman Campus of TU Dublin, from 28 to 30 August 2019. Dr Jane Courtney, our colleague in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, TU Dublin - City Campus is Conference Chair. Dr Damon Berry, Dr David Doran and Dr Ruairí de Fréin from SEEE, together with Dr Catherine Deegan from TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus and Dr Robert Ross from the School of Computer Science form the Organising Committee.

Submissions are invited to IMVIP 2019 for papers presenting novel research contributions or applications related to any aspect of computer vision or image processing. IMVIP is the annual conference of the Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society, a member body of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). 

Dr Keith Sunderland at Oireachtas Committee

Dr Keith Sunderland, Assistant Head of School in SEEE appeared at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment on 16 April 2019.  Keith was giving evidence as part of the detailed scruitiny of the Microgeneration Support Scheme Bill 2017. Representatives from Eirgrid, ESB, and the Micro Electricity Generation Association (MEGA) also appeared at the Committee. Keith's evidence can be viewed on the Oireachtas Archive website (starting at the 35 minute point). 

SEEE Group Present "IoT Lab in a Box" Tutorial at IEEE WF-IoT in UL

A group from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, TU Dublin-City Campus and TU Dublin-Blanchardstown Campus, presented two highly successful IoT Lab in a Box tutorials at the IEEE 5th World Forum on Internet of Things (IEEE WF-IOT) at University of Limerick on 15 April 2019. The tutorial described how the team reconfigured and redeployed a conventional undergraduate Internet of Things (IoT) module, to enable its delivery with a minimum of specialist materials. The purpose of this redevelopment was to enable a broader audience reach, to remove some of the practical issues associated with delivering an IoT module and to facilitate its delivery outside of a laboratory environment. 

Interest in IoT has expanded far beyond the original domain of embedded systems engineering. A complete IoT taught module must address a broad range of technologies, both hardware and software, often requiring the use of specialised embedded system laboratory facilities.

The tutorial also outlined the rationale behind the initiative and demonstrates how an IoT module, including components of the MEAN stack of web technologies and Bluetooth Smart, can be taught using these three inexpensive, hardware components and open source pre-configured software solutions. The development of the workshop has yielded valuable insights which can now be brought back into undergraduate and MSc level engineering IOT modules and programmes.  

An essential ingredient of the work was to strip IOT infrastructure down to the bare essentials while keeping the cost low: the Lab in a Box contains only three components.

 A BBC Microbit  - an easy-to-use device which includes a number of sensors including electronic compass, an accelerometer, temperature sensor, switches and LEDs as well as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity.

 A BLE dongle 

 A USB memory stick containing pre-configured persistent live Xubuntu Linux - to take the place of a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone in a traditional IOT system.


Michael Core, Frank Duignan, Damon Berry and Paula Kelly from SEEE, TU Dublin-City Campus and Paul Stacey from TU Dublin-Blanchardstown Campus

TU Dublin Success with new SFI Centres

TU Dublin academics have been named partners at three of the six new SFI centres, which will provide training for 700 postgraduate students in the areas of nationally and internationally identified future skills needs of digital, data and ICT.  Professor Max Ammann, (School of Electrical and  Electronic Engineering) is partnered in the SFI Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies. This centre will train 120 PhD students over seven years.

We live in a society where ubiquitous, high-speed communication networks enable, and increasingly dominate, our family, social and working lives. These networks enable an ever-increasing range of human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication applications in the Internet of Things. This expanding hyper-connectivity will create new communication, sensing and control services, and forms of interconnectivity and services between people and Things in ways we cannot yet even fully envisage.

ADVANCE will train the next generation of researchers who will seek solutions to the technical and societal challenges of global hyper-connectivity between large numbers of People and Things leading to exceptionally dense communications networks.

The Team: Prof Max Ammann (TU Dublin) with Prof Dirk Pesch (UCC), Prof John Barrett (CIT), Dr Deirdre Desmond (NUIM), Prof Siobhán Clarke (TCD), Prof Cormac Sreenan (UCC)

European Project Week 2019

On Monday 18 February 2019, a group of DT035A students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering welcomed a group from the University of Valenciennes (IUT) in France to take part in a European Project Week.  The group consisted of Amadou Bah, Eoin Byrne, Daniel Connolly, Shane Curran, Kuba Kubisztal, Rory O’Brien, Sean Paisley, and Kark Salinger representing TU Dublin while Romain Bruant, Timothée Corre, Othman Dibouche, Clément Mesenge, Nicolas Pawlak, Margaux Reeb, Henri Renard and Alexandre Van Cleynenbreugel representing IUT.  This is the twelfth year of this collaborative engagement between TU Dublin and IUT Valenciennes.

The students competed in four teams of four with 2 French and 2 Irish students in each team. They were tasked with completing a variety of software and programming projects in the area control engineering.  The teams were required to deliver presentations on their work. They were also required to make recommendations and implement the best programming solution for the PLC  element of the project which involved an automatic car wash.

Both groups of students impressed with their commitment and professionalism throughout the week. A special thanks to Benoit Delporte, Head of Department in IUT for organising and leading the visit by the group of eight students.  Thanks also are due to the management team, course committees and staff in SEEE for their continued support for this collaboration. Our students are looking forward to the return visit to IUT in April this year where they will meet the French students together with a group from Finland and work on a project developed by our French colleagues at the University of Valenciennes for their project week.

The Visiting Group from University of Valenciennes and the DT035A students together with SEEE Staff who participated in Eurpean Project Week 2019

Colm Agnew, Benoit Delporte and Michael Conlon at the beginning of European Project Week 2019

New DIT Grangegorman Campus

Great progress continues to be made at the new DIT Grangegorman Campus.  The photographs below were taken on 17 December 2018 and show the Central Quad site from the 4th Floor of the Greenway Hub.  The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be re-locating from Kevin St to the Central Quad in summer 2020 in preparation for the start of the 201/21 Academic Year in September 2020. Building has now progressed to the 3rd floor where a number of the SEEE will be located, together with the 4th and 5th floors. To the right of the top photograph is the corner of the building where the Electrical Machines Laboratory, the Apprentice Workshops and the Photonics Laboratory will be located in the lower ground floor. There is also drone footage (recoded 26 November 2018) available HERE which gives an exellent view of the recent progress with the East and Central Quads.


Congratulations to Prof Max Ammann - IEEE Fellow

It is with great pleasure that the School can announce that our colleague, Professor Max Ammann, Assistant Head in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and CONNECT Principal Investigator, has been elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow.  This is much-deserved international recognition of Max's contributions to antenna technology. It is a very clear indication as Max’s role as Director of the Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre in DIT and his contribution to a number of collaborations  The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. Max joins 13 IEEE fellows in Ireland to date. 

Congratulation Max!

SEEE Colleagues receive Students Learning with Communities Awards

A number of awards were made on 26 November 2018 in the Gleeson Hall in DIT Kevin St to SEEE colleagues on the occasion of the 10th Birthday of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning with Communities.  The awards recognise the commitment of colleagues to supervising students in curriculum-based communication engagement projects. The recipients in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were: Damon Berry, Paula Kelly, Joe Teehan, Marc Gallagher, John McGrory, David Dorran, Emma Robinson, Aidan O’ Dwyer, Elmar Jung, Sean O’Fearghail, Leslie Shoemaker and Gavin Duffy.

Participants at the 10th Birthday of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning with Communities

Prof Michael Conlon, Ms Leslie Shoemaker and Prof Brian Norton

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Work Placement Poster Session

On Friday 28 September 2018, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering hosted its Annual Work Placement Poster Session. With top prizes sponsored by the ESB and Premium Power, final year BE students showcased their experience on work placement.  Over 200 people attended the event including more than 30 representatives from industry who kindly assisted in the judging process. Students were praised for their professional and engaging presentations. The ESB Best Poster Prize went to Nusiba Lawgli, with Diarmuid Ó Foghlú winning the Premium Power Poster Prize.

The DT021A BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering/BE in Computer and Communications Engineering Work Placement Students for 2018

Nusiba Lawgli being presented with the ESB Best Poster Prize by Sinead Moloney of ESB

Diarmuid Ó Foghlú being presented with the Premium Power Poster Prize by Mr Alan O'Kelly, Premium Power



New DIT Grangegorman Campus

Great progress has been made over recent months at the new DIT Grangegorman Campus.  The photographs below were taken on 5 October 2018 and show the Central Quad site from the 4th Floor of the Greenway Hub.  The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering will be re-locating from Kevin St to the Central Quad in summer 2020 in preparation for the start of the 201/21 Academic Year in September 2020. The Electrical Machines Laboratory, the Apprentice Workshops and the Photonics Laboratory will be located in the lower ground floor (to the right of the top photograph) with the remaining laboratories on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors.


Visit to School by 1977 Graduates

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering hosted a brief visit by a group of graduates from 1977 on Friday 6 April 2018. John Cowley of Multinet Systems arranged the visit as part of a reunion with his class mates: Pat Doyle, Paul Moore, Joe Madden, John Naughton and Sean McCarthy. The group are graduates of the Diploma in Electrical Engineering (SEEE, DipEE) which is the precursor to DT021 BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

Pat Doyle, John Cowley, Paul Moore, Joe Madden, John Naughton, Sean McCarthy

Retirement Event for Brain McNally and Gerry Eastwood

SEEE hosted a retirement event on 25 January 2018 for two of our colleagues, Brain McNally and Gerry Eastwood. Both Gerry and Brian have worked in the School for many years and have both made significant contributions in Electrical Services Engineering and Apprentice Education over that time. Brian retired in September 2017 and Gerry retired in January 2018. Keith Sunderland, Gerry Farrelly and Michael Conlon spoke of the contributions of both colleagues and of the changes in DIT over the course of their careers.  Gerry and Brian reflected on their time in DIT and the many friendships which were forged over the years. A large number of retired colleagues, together with current colleagues from Kevin St, attended the event. 

Jennifer Eastwood, Joan and Gerry Eastwood, Brian and Valarie McNally

A group photograph at the 25 January 2018 retirement event for Brian McNally and Gerry Eastwood

PRC Postgraduate Student Publishes in Scientific Reports

Arun Mallik, postgraduate PhD student in the SEEE Photonics Research Centre (PRC) had his most recent paper accepted for publication in Scientific Reports, one of the prestigious group of publications. This is another step towards Arun’s completion of his PhD but it is also a significant achievement for the Centre. The title of Arun's paper is "Silica Gel Coated Spherical Micro resonator for Ultra-High Sensitivity Detection of Ammonia Gas Concentration in Air". Arun's work has been supervised by Prof Yuliya Semenova. Other co-authors of the paper were Prof Gerald Farrell and Prof Qiang Wu.

SEEE PostDoc wins RSA Award

Dr Matteo Zallio, Arnold Graves post-doctoral researcher in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT, has won the “Future Leading Lights Award” for the prototype TAILT, a responsive lighting system that provides safety, comfort and improved visibility for all cyclists.

The Award is sponsored by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland and Dr Zallio was awarded as the inventor of TAILT and founder of the startup Déan Design Lab, incubated in DIT – Hothouse. TAILT is the result of researche work in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and in ESHI – the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, where Dr Zallio is currently carrying out research. The prototype has also been featured on the Irish Independent, Wired Magazine and other International newspapers and magazines. 

Ms Liz O'Donnell, RSA Chairperson and Dr Matteo Zallio receiving his award

Dell Projects for SEEE Students

On 8th November 2017, Joseph Kellegher and Anthony Grennan from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering met Dell representatives in Cherrywood to set up a collaboration between DIT and Dell under which students of DT080B/4 will complete a final year, capstone project in association with the company. It is envisaged that three groups of students, with not more than three students per group, will each write a project proposal that will be presented to Dell staff, who will then mentor each group as they develop a business plan for their project. The business plan will lead eventually to the development of a prototype of the idea, which will be costed and developed like any business project that Dell would normally engage in. At the completion of the project, each group will present their proposal in a “Dragon's Den” style competition involving Dell and DIT staff, with Dell awarding the winners a prize for the best proposal.

World Skills October 2017

The Irish team travelled to Abu Dhabi to compete in the 44th World Skills Competition in October 2017.  Both the completion and weather were hot and tough. This is a major bi-annual event hosting over 1,300 young adults in 51 competitions representing 59 Nations.   DIT sent 14 young competitors to compete in everything from Restaurant Service to Aircraft Maintenance.  Of interest to the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering were the Industrial Control and Electrical Installations competitions.  There are also competitions in Mobile Robotics, Electronics, Information Network Cabling, IT Network Systems Administration which offer possibilities for the School in the future.

Ireland was also represented at the youth forum by current DT021A student Martin Tully who previously completed in the World Skills competition.


The competition days were 15th to 18th October inclusive. The competitions themselves were tough on all competitors as they had to deal with with high tempeatures and large crowds (over 100,000 people) which included local royalty, international government ministers and officials along with leaders from global industries including Samsung and Siemens. There were also a large number of schools and colleges in attendence.

Both Paul Marah and Colm Agnew from SEEE were involved in the training and mentoring two of the Irish competitors. Paul worked with Kevin Hough in the Electrical Installations competition, while Colm worked with Brendan Muldowney in the Industrial Control competition.  Both competitors competed well in their respective areas but were unsuccessful on this occasion.  There is no doubt that both will have gained invaluable life experiences from the competition and hopefully renewed ambition to succeed in their future careers.


Both competitions were 22 hours in duration over the four days with a mix of installation, circuit design, fault-finding and programming involved for both.  For more information on the World Skills and the full range of competitions available see the website at The organisation is continually evolving with new competitions being added frequently.

Kevin at World Skills 2017

Brendan at World Skills 2017

Intel Women in Technology Award for SEEE Student

Dublin Institute of Technology and Intel Ireland Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 26 September 2017 to establish a strategic partnership that will undertake a varied programme of activity in a number of key areas of mutual interest. The MoU was signed by DIT President, Professor Brian Norton and Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager at Intel Ireland at the ESHI Greehway Hub Building in Grangegorman. Ms Annie Dobbyn, SEEE student in DT021A Year 3, was also presented with the Intel Women in Technology Award by Eamonn Sinnott.  Annie was presented with award as the top Level 7 female student in Science and Engineering in the 2016/17 academic year.

Prof Brian Norton, DIT President, Eamonn Sinnott, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Ireland and Ms Annie Dobbyn, DT021A/3 Student

Thomas Woolmington wins Best Innovation Award at National Ploughing Championships

Congratulations to Thomas Woolmington who was awarded the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Thomas is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and together with DIT Hothouse he beat off stiff competition from other Enterprise Ireland and Irish Farmers Journal Innovation Arena competitors. DIT Hothouse’s Senior Innovation Portfolio Manager, Paul Maguire said, “We are delighted to receive this award which acknowledges the high quality technology from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Thomas Woolmington. These awards truly recognise and credit the contribution that DIT’s agriculture technology is making to farming in Ireland.” 


Linda Moloney (DIT Hothouse), Thomas Woolmington (DIT), Kieran O’ Connell (DIT Hothouse) and Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation 

DIT’s Inventor Thomas Woolmington said: “It was a real honour to be involved in the awards let alone receive the Best Innovation Award for Research Emerging from Third Level Education. I enjoyed the whole process from start to finish. I would like to thank DIT Hothouse and Kieran O’Connell for their assistance.”  DIT Hothouse’s Licencing Executive, Kieran O’Connell said, “This new farming technology - ‘The Slurry Solver’ - offers a new, low-cost approach for cattle farmers to improve health and safety around tanks, to capture and use renewable energy and to improve the quality and lessen the environmental impact of slurry on their farms. It highlights that agriculture technology is not just limited to traditional rural universities and colleges but is at the forefront of the Dublin Institute of Technology as well.” DIT are actively seeking an established industry player to assistant to bring The Slurry Solver to market.


Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development , Kieran O’ Connell (DIT Hothouse) and Thomas Woolmington (DIT)

Further details on this win by Thomas are available on the DIT Hothouse Webiste.

 CIBSE SDAR* 2017 Awards

 The 7th Annual SDAR* Awards Final was held on 30 March 2017 in DIT Kevin St. The event was organised and hosted by both the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies. The event is sponsored by John Sisk & Son and is supported by BS news. The winner was Paul Wynne of Callaghan Engineering and a graduate of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management, SEEE - DIT. The title of Paul’s research paper was Energy Audit of a Fitness/Leisure Centre and considered potential energy reduction in a gym environment. The two runners-up were Áine Doyle of OCSC (Improvement of Thermal Performance in a Historic Building) and Eoghan Hickey of Callaghan Engineering (Methods of Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation Techniques in Low Voltage Systems)


Paul Wynne, Callaghan Engineering (Winner), Áine Doyle, OCSC (Runber-up) Eoghan Hickey, Callaghan Engineering (Runner-up) 


The SDAR* awards promotes collaboration between industry and academic institutions. The objective is to encourage applied research and ensure quality and value in innovation projects. The more research papers and post occupancy evaluations undertaken, the more sustainable design and energy efficacy in future and existing buildings can be encouraged.

The role of CIBSE in this regard, is to facilitate this process and disseminate the findings. The event was opened by Mr. Michael McDonald (lecturer in SEEE-DIT & CIBSE). The event was closed by David Doherty, Business Development Director with T Bourke and former Chairman of CIBSE Ireland. The expert judging panel consisted of Kevin Gaughan (Chairman) (DIT), David Doherty (CIBSE and T Bourke) and Gerry Farrelly (SEEE-DIT).

SEEE Student, Ronan Marah wins IET (Ireland) Competition

The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET Ireland Network host events, lectures and site visits throughout Ireland each year. These events offer members and non-members an opportunity to network and interact with others across their industry and allows them to keep up to speed with new developments spanning various engineering and technology based sectors. The IET provides both a local and global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.

The Present Around the World competition offers the chance to final year undergraduate students and young engineers between the ages of 18 and 30 to develop their presentation skills on a national and international stage by presenting on an engineering or technology related topic.

The finalists this year were:

David Linehan a young engineer with Eirgrid with his paper titled: “Europe’s future power system; What will it look like?”

Ronan Marah a final year electrical engineering student in DIT with his paper titled; “Enhancing energy savings by using technologies to implement good lighting when upgrading systems”

Shaun Sweeney a masters student from UCD with his paper titled; “ Services that electric bikes can provide in SMART cities”

The competition looks to promote effective communication which is essential within the engineering and technology sector. Appreciating the importance of delivering clear, concise key messages to the audience and adapting the presentation style to suit the listeners is a lesson worth learning. This competition is an opportunity to promote and highlight important skills and competencies that will help young engineers prepare for potential employment opportunities and career development.

The IET Ireland Network finals took place on Thursday, 2 March 2017 in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin. Despite tough competition, Ronan Marah from the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in DIT was announced the winner.  Andrew Keogh of Aristo made the presentation. Ronan will receive a cash award from the IET and go on to represent Ireland at the European regional finals this summer in Dubai.  If successful at the European regional finals he will then go on to the world finals to be held in London later this year.

We would like to congratulate Ronan and wish him the best of luck in Dubai and continued success.

Emma Fagan (EirGrid), Shaun Sweeny (DCU), Andrew Keogh (Aristo), Ronan Marah (DIT), David Linehen (EirGrid), Chris McLouglin (IET), Dr. John Ging (IET) 

Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propogation

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT and the Centre for Wireless Innovation, ECIT Institute, Queen’s University, Belfast are co-hosting a workshop on Wearable and Implantable Antennas and Propagation. The workshop takes place in the ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Belfast, UK on 16th March 2017. Keynote speakers include Professor Koichi Ito, Life Fellow IEEE, Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor at the Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University, Japan and Professor Yang Hao, Fellow IEEE, Professor in Antennas and Electromagnetics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Event website:

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is home to many research centres and groups which are active in fields of medical engineering research including:

  • Microwave Imaging for Cancer Detection
  • Body Area Networks
  • Biomedical Signal Engineering
  • Human-machine Interfaces
  • Assistive Technology
  • Health Informatics
  • RF Hyperthermia
  • RF Ablation

SEEE Annual Awards Night, 2 March 2017

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering held it annual Academic Awards Evening on Thursday 2 March 2017 in the Gleeson Hall, DIT Kevin St. In all, 29 awards were presented to graduates from the 2015/16 academic year and to current students. The awards were sponsored by our industry partners who were on hand to make the presentations. Awards were made on all programmes and years and a number of Best Project prizes were also made. The picture below shows the award winners for 2015/16. 

2015/16 Award Winners at the SEEE Annual Awards Night

Opening of Greenway Hub, DIT Grangegorman

Research work carried out by Matteo Zallio, Damon Berry and Paula Kelly from the SEEE tPot Research Group on a "community-supported" CapAble microwave system made the RTE News as part of the coverage of the opening of the new DIT Research and Innovation building in Grangegorman. The Greenway Hub was launched on 1 March 2017 by the Minister for Education and Skillls, Richard Bruton TD. 

The idea behind the project is to develop a microwave that assists St John of God (SJOG) service users to cook independently using an Internet of Things-enabled Microwave. A user of the system uses a barcode scanner to scan a product, and the system downloads an interactive recipe for the user and microwave itself - to follow.

The project adopts a co-design approach in which SJOG service users and support staff are centrally involved in all elements of the design of the cooking appliance. The research project which is being carried out in cooperation with St. John of God Menni Services, incorporates the project work of SEEE students Modestas Jakuska, Adrian Maguire and Andrew Riordan.

Dr Damon Berry, Professor Brian Norton, Barry Cryan (SJOG), Sarah Boland (SJOG)


Dr Damon Berry and Barry Cryan preparing the Microwave Demo

School Hosts CANSAT Workshop

On 2 March 2017, SEEE staff Frank Duignan, Richard Hayes and Damon Berry hosted 28 transition year students who are competing in the 2017 the Leinster CANSAT challenge. The CANSAT competition is for transition year students, and each team must create a "satellite" that fits into a soda can. Each CANSAT device includes temperature and pressure measurement circuits as well as  transmitter circuits. Each CANSAT team is obliged to solder instrumentation circuits to connect to the Arduino based embedded system that controls the CANSAT.

Dr Richard Hayes (SEEE) with Transition Year Students during CANSAT Workshop

School celebrates 20th anniversary of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions, an EU initiative to fund cutting-edge international research. The action, named after the Polish scientist who worked in France, supports early-career investigators who lead trans-national projects at universities, located in two different countries.

Dr. Adam Narbudowicz, also of Polish origin, conducts research at both the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre in DIT and RWTH Aachen University in Germany, providing enabling technologies for future wireless Internet of Things applications. He was recently joined by Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the grant scheme, which took place in the old library of the Trinity College Dublin. This gave opportunity for a talk with the minister, in which Dr. Narbudowicz shared some of his insights and ideas on the future of wireless communication in Ireland.

Dr Narbudowicz, a research fellow in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering working on antennas & wireless communications is currently leading activity on physical layer security for the Internet of Things.  The school includes a module on the Internet of Things in its BE in Electrical & Electronic/Computer & Communications Engineering programme. The school is a member of the Ireland’s National Testbed for the Internet of Things “Pervasive Nation” and the Internet of Things laboratory benefits from sponsorship and support by Intel. 

Dr Adam Narbudowicz, a research fellow at DIT discusses future Internet of Things security with Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr John Halligan

Engineers Journal Article by SEEE Student

Aisling Lee, a recent DT009 graduate and now a DT021 Year 3 student, recently had an article published in the Engineers Journal (published by Engineers Ireland). The article describes Aisling's DT009 final year project which concerned the design of a smart prosthetic arm. She was previously a finalist in the Siemens Innovative Engineering Student of the Year competition with the same project. The final took place in Engineers Ireland HQ earlier this year. You access the Engineers Journal HERE.

Annual SDAR Awards

The annual CIBSE Ireland SDAR Awards took place on Thursday 7th April in DIT Bolton Street. This event was organized by Michael McDonald of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT.

There were four excellent papers presented, in what was described by the Chair of the judging panel (Kevin Gaughan), as the most competitive year since the competition began 6 years ago with all papers and presentations being very strong. This view was echoed by the other judges, Paul Martin of CIBSE/SEAI and John Mc Grory of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT.

The competition this year was won by Dervilla Niall of the School of Civil & Structural Engineering, DIT. Her research on thermal mass behaviour of concrete panels incorporating phase change materials was a narrow but deserved winner. She won a €1,000 prize sponsored by John Sisk & Son and her paper will be published in the next Journal of Sustainable Design & Applied Research(SDAR).

The three runners up (each winning €250), in no particular order were:

  • An investigation into the cost optimality of the Passive House retrofit standard for Irish Dwellings using Life Cycle Cost Analysis, by Daniel Coyle. 
  • Hygrothermal risk evaluation of existing and proposed retrofit options for the junction of solid wall with ground floor in a typical Edwardian house in Dublin, by Benat Arregi and Joseph Little
  • Importance of Feasibility Studies for Grid Connected PV Systems in Ireland, by Andrew Hogan

Andrew Hogan, a graduate of DT010 BEngTech in Electrical Services Engineering and a current student (part time) on the MSc in Energy Management programme, presented on the basis of preliminary results acquired in his MSc. Dissertation, which he will submit at the end of the semester. (Further details on the CIBSE Ireland/DIT SDAR Awards are available HERE.)

Back Row: David Doherty (Chairman, CIBSE (ROI)), Padraic O'Connor (SISK), Kevin Kelly (DIT), Michael McDonald (DIT), Kevin Gaughan (DIT), John McGrory (DIT), Paul Martin (SEAI). Front Row: Andrew Hogan (DIT), Daniel Coyle, Dervilla Niall (DIT), Benat Arregi, Joseph Little (DIT)

SEEE Students Participate in Intel Galileo Third Level Competition

Niall Myron and Daibhead Denmead from Year 4 of DT080B BSc in Networking Applications and Services were finalists in the Intel Galileo Third Level competition on Friday 8th of April.  Their project is entitled "A security evaluation of the Internet of Things" and explores various aspects of the now looming IoT security problems.  The winning entries were from GMIT and IT Carlow with other entrants from IT Carlow, IADT and Dundalk IT.  Congratulations to all participants.


Niall Myron and Daibhead Denmead

New Promotional Video for DT035 BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management

SEEE has released a new promotional video for the DT035 BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management programme.  The DT035 programme is accepting Year 1 applications via the CAO for the first time in September 2016.  The promotional video provides prospective students and parents the opportunity to be informed of this exciting new programme and features interviews with current students and graduates from SEEE. The video can be viewed HERE.   

SEEE now in top 300 Universities Worldwide for Electrical/Electronic Engineering

The DIT School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide for the electrical/electronic engineering subject area.  SEEE is one of 5 Irish Electrical/Electronic Engineering Schools appearing in the latest QS University Rankings

SEEE hosts Student Academic Excellence Awards

The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering hosted a very successful Student Academic Excellence Awards evening on 10 March 2016. Graduates from SEEE programmes from Level 6 to Level 9 were honoured for their outstanding achievements. As the largest school in the discipline area of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Ireland, SEEE provides teaching and learning, research and external engagement across a wide range of areas and levels and exemplifies the ladder of opportunity that is central to the educational provision of DIT.  

Graduates from all discipline areas and levels within the School received industry-sponsored awards at the event on 10 March 2016. In total, 41 individual awards were made on the night. The School greatly appreciates the support of the event sponsors. The sponsors are as follows:

The School greatly appreciates the support of the event sponsors and this celebration will showcase the calibre of graduates from across the various programmes in the School. The sponsors are as follows:

                               ARUP                                   Bilfinger                  Centrecom

              CIBSE (Republic of Ireland)                  CréVinn                      Eirgrid

                            Interxion                           Maloney Family       Mitsubishi Electric 

                       Resourcekraft                      Rohde & Schwarz      Schneider Electric 

                           Sentenial                                   Vayu Energy

If you would like to receive a copy of any of the photographs of the night, please contact the School email address.

School Graduation Ceremony - 20 February 2016

The final Graduation Ceremony of the Academic Year was held on Saturday 20 February 2016 in St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin.  Four PhD students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering were conferred with their degrees: Abraham Loutridis, Oisin Ó Conchubhair, Afshin Panahi (in absentia) and Fergus Sharkey. 

Dr Abraham Loutridis with Dr Patrick McEvoy, Prof Brian Norton, Prof Max Ammann, Prof Gerald Farrell


Dr Oisin Ó Conchubhair with Dr Patrick McEvoy, Prof Brian Norton, Prof Max Ammann, Prof Gerald Farrell

Dr Fergus Sharkey with Prof Brian Norton 

Accreditation of Level 8 BE (Hons) Degrees by Engineers Ireland

The Accreditation Board of Engineers Ireland, at its 2 February 2016 meeting, accredited two SEEE BE programmes to 2017. The DT021 BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the DT081 BE in Computer and Communications Engineering were both accredited as satisfying the education standard for the tiitle Chartered Engineer (Further Learning required) for programmes completed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  The first cohort from the new BE in EEE (which is a follow-on programme from DT021 and DT081) will graduate in 2018 and accreditation will be sought from Engineers Ireland during 2018.  These will be the first ohort from the new common first year in the College of Engineering and Built Environment.

Details of the DIT programmes accredited by Engineers Ireland is available on the Engineers Ireland Website.


Cisco Academy Conference - Ireland & Northern Ireland 2015

The annual Cisco Academy Conference - Ireland & Northern Ireland was hosted this year by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT at our new campus in Grangegorman. Visitors were visibly impressed by the beautiful new campus with its tastefully restored buildings as well as the unusual surroundings of the multi-purpose space of St Laurence, a Catholic Church built in 1850, where the conference was held.

Cisco Systems is a worldwide leader in IP-based networking products and services related to the communications and IT industry. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching is a certification program for entry-level network engineers and technologists that delivers the foundational networking knowledge to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. CCNA-based modules will play a very important role in many programs in the new TU4D.

By offering networking programs and other computer-related courses, the Cisco Networking Academy Program has been supporting educational institutions, instructors and students from all around the world for more than 15 years. The annual conference contributes to that success by sharing best practices from the NetAcad Community among instructors, informing them about NetAcad curriculum and roadmap updates, and presenting new projects and concepts to appear in the near future around the Internet of Everything.

With presenters from the UK, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, and not least Ireland, this year’s Cisco conference had presentations on a variety of topics of much interest to instructors. These included Linux, Cybersecurity, Wireless Mobility, Entrepreneurship, Virtualization, Big Data Analytics and technologies underpinning the Internet of Everything. There was also a presentation on CompTIA certifications, which provide global benchmarks for best practices in IT, and a talk on getting the most out of Packet Tracer, Cisco’s powerful network simulation tool which is free for Networking Academy students.

We look forward to hosting this event again in the near future.

Marc Khayat (Cisco Systems) presenting a Technical Update

Dermot Clarke (DIT), Marc Khayat (Cisco Systems), Nuno Guarda (Cisco Systems, Head of Corporate Affairs for the UK and Ireland), Joseph Kellegher (DIT), Jose Bernardo Lozano (Cisco Systems)

Electrical Services and Energy Management Students visit Aviva Stadium

Students of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management (DT711/DT018) had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Aviva Stadium on 23 November 2015.  The Aviva is the first stadium in the world to achieve third party certification of the Energy Management Standard ISO 50001. Aidan Byrne who implemented the standard and a graduate of the BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management guided our current crop of students through the process.

Students and Staff from BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management visit the Aviva Stadium, Dublin

SEEE Staff Deliver RoboSumo Module in China

SEEE Staff members John McGrory and Frank Duignan are currently delivering an Engineering Practice module, based on the RoboSumo project, at the East China University of Technology (ECUT) in Nanchang in China.  This arrangement is part of a agreement between ECUT and DIT which will see ECUT students complete their Electrical/Electronic degrees in SEEE from September 2016.  Further details on the delivery of this module are available here. The first task in the assignment was a race to a wall and back for each robot on the winning group was Chen Cheng, Zhong Tianyun and Han Kefan.

 John McGrory and Frank Duignan preparing to deliver the RoboSumo module in ECUT

Frank Duignan discussing the RoboSumo kits with colleagues from ECUT

Chen Cheng, Zhong Tianyun and Han Kefan

SEEE Success at the ESB Engineering Challenge

A team from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering recently competed in the ESB Engineering Challenge which was held on 29 October 2015.  This is a team event which pits teams from leading engineering schools against each other in a fast paced and challenging event.  The winning team is the group who have worked most effectively together to produce an innovative design which is pitched to a panel of dragon clients. The Challenge tests a full range of engineering and team skills including: technical understanding, solution research, innovation, costing and estimation, teamwork, design and packaging of a presentation for clients.

The DIT team comprised four students from Year 3 of the BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme. The DIT was awarded second place in the Engineering Challenge.  

Emmet Clarke (DIT, John Connolly (ESB, Kevin Chubb (DIT), Darren McConnon (DIT), Luke O’Mahoney (DIT), Denis Kelly (ESB)

SEEE Graduation Ceremony - Dr Tony Grennan

Among the graduates at the School of Electrical and Electronic Graduation Ceremony on 17 October 2015 was our colleague, Dr Tony Grennan.  Tony is a lecturer in the area of computer engineering in SEEE and recently completed a PhD under the supervision of Prof Mark Davis.  The title of Tony’s thesis was “A Study of the Impact of Various Geometric Factors on the Capacity of Short Indoor MIMO Communications Channels“. The School congratulates Tony on this very significant achievement.


Prof Michael Conlon, Prof Mark Davis, Prof Brian Norton (President of DIT), Dr Tony Grennan, Prof Gerry Farrell (Director and Dean, College of Engineering and Built Environment)


Mr Thomas Freir, Prof Mark Davis, Dr Conor Downing, Dr Tony Grennan, Ms Ruth Coffey, Ms Paula Kelly, Mr Mark Deegan, Dr Andreas Schwarzbacher, Mr Niall Coakley

SEEE PhD Student Wins IET Best Student Paper Award

Kansheng Yang, a PhD student at the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR), School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, was awarded an IET Best Student Paper Award at the Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference 2015, for his paper “A Back-to-Back Beam Switching Microstrip Patch Antenna", Kansheng Yang, Xiulong Bao and Max Ammann (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland). Kansheng is part of the CTVR/CONNECT Centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund under Grant Number 13/RC/2077.

Robert Allen IET, Kansheng Yang DIT and Professor Yiannis Vardaxoglou, Loughborough University

New Promotional Video for DT066 and DT097

The College of Engineering and Built Environment has commissioned a new promotional video for First Year General Engineering programmes DT097 and DT066 and it can be viewed here.

Community Based Learning Project at SEEE

This year 24 students from DT009 BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering Year 2 worked throughout Semester 2 with children from the Aisling Project in Ballymun and St Michael's Partish Youth Project in Inchicore to build and program Lego Mindstorms NXT robots to compete in a RoboSumo project. Over the 7 years that this community-based learning initiative has been running, 124 electrical engineering students and 140 children have participated. Each year the children come to SEEE at DIT Kevin St for the RoboSumo event and place their robots on the sumo arena to compete against each other. This year the competition was won by a robot called Evolve from the Aisling Project who beat The Terminator in a knockout competition. The project presents a great opportunity for students to develop personal skills and learn about communities while the children learn about technology and how engineering can be fun, challenging and rewarding.

Lego Mindstorm Robots Competing‌

Who's going to win? 

The group from the Aisling Project in Ballymun

           The Group from St Michael's Parish Youth Project with some of the DIT students(L to R: Colm Prendergast, Cathal Fitzgerald, Stuart Mather and Niall Kennedy)

Honorary Professorships awarded to SEEE staff at February Graduation Ceremony

Dr Yuliya Semenova and Dr Mark Davis, both from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, were awarded Hororary Professorships at the Graduation Ceremony on 21 February 2015 in St Patrick's Cathederal. The title of Honorary Professor is awarded to DIT colleagues whose academic achievements have been judged by their peers as being of the highest international standard.


Prof. Mark Davis, Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT) and Prof. Yuliya Semenova 

Engineers Week in SEEE, 10 February 2015

On 10 February 2015, to coincide with Engineers Week 2015, a team of staff from the school, led by Dr. Ted Burke, hosted a special one day Engineers Ireland-sponsored workshop. In all, 40 participants came from the following six schools:

  • St Louis Rathmines
  • St Colmcillles, Knocklyon
  • Loreto, Crumlin
  • Synge St CBS
  • St Benildus College, Kilmacud
  • Sancta Maria, Rathfarnham

After a short tour of the school facilities, the participants broke up into teams of two and got down to the serious business of building sumo bots. Following hours of frantic activity, by 3pm, the first working robots had begun to emerge. The workshop finished with an informal competition between sumo bots on the specially prepared Robo Sumo arena.

This event was part of DIT's contribution to Engineers Week 2015 and is intended to give students a first taste of the electrical engineering profession, and to experience what it is like to develop a working electro-mechanical system using off-the-shelf components.

The feedback from the workshop participants was very positive. Two of the participating schools have already signed up for next years event (funding permitting). Further information on this event can be found on the RoboSlam blog at

Dr Keith Sunderland on Drivetime, RTE Ra‌dio 1, 4 February 2015

Dr Keith Sunderland, Assistant Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, DIT, was interviewed by host Mary Wilson on Drivetime on Wednesday 4 February 2015.  Keith was interviewed on the recent announcement in relation to new apprenticeship opportunities and on DIT's involvement in apprentice education. You can listen to the podcast here.

Leslie Shoemaker and OCD Documentary on RTE 1

Leslie Shoemaker of SEEE was the lead psychology input for the recent RTE documentary concerning Obsessive Compulsory Disorder (OCD). This documentary examines the often misunderstood condition that is listed by the World Health Organisation as one of the ten most debilitating illnesses. The programme was screened on RTE 1 on Monday Feb 2nd at 9:30 pm  The programme represents 10 months of filming (Wildfire Films) and is titled 'OCD and Me'. The programme follows the lives of four people who have OCD, including a mother and son. The programme can be viewed on the RTE Player.

Signing of MoA between DIT and Electrical Contracting Organisations

Tuesday, 27th January marked an important date for the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and indeed for DIT in association with both the Registered Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) and the Electrical Contractors Safety & Standards Association (ECSSA). This association was formalised by signing of MoA between both organisations and DIT and this date marks the conclusion of a process through which RECI and ECCSAI are now accredited to deliver DIT courses in verification and certification of electrical installations.

Both RECI and ECSSA are Safety Supervisory Bodies (SSB). In this regard, RECI and ECSSA are charged, by the Commission for Energy Regulation, to ensure that an appropriate system is in place to monitor the compliance of registered electrical contractors (RECs) regarding the requisite levels of training and competence for a Qualified Certifier of electrical installations. The DIT accredited course facilitates the educational aspect of this requirement, and successful participants not only receive a DIT CPD award (2 ECTS), but these RECs are also issued a qualified certifier number (QCN) from their respective SSB.

Originally designed in cooperation with the SSBs and in conjunction with the Electro-Technical Council of Ireland (ETCI), this course is currently delivered by RECI/ECSSA inspectors, thereby drawing on their experience and offering optimum context to participants in quality assuring this very important aspect of electrical building services engineering.

The DIT/RECI MoA was officially signed by DIT President, Prof. Brian Norton and RECI Chairman, Mr. Gerry O’Dwyer. Also in attendance was Mr. Paul Waldron (RECI General Manager) and representing the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Dr. Keith Sunderland. Prof. Norton also signed the DIT/ECSSA MoA with Mr. Mike Marshall (ECSSA General Manager) with Mr. Brian Moran (Director, ECSSA) in attendance. Dr. Keith Sunderland represented the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

l-r (standing): Dr. Keith Sunderland (DIT, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Mr. Paul Waldron (General Manager RECI), Mr. John Clare (Chief Inspector RECI). l-r (sitting): Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT), Mr. Gerry O’Dwyer (Chairman RECI)


l-r: Mr. Brian Moran (Director ECSSA), Prof. Brian Norton (President DIT), Mr. Mike Marshall General (Manager ECSSA), Dr. Keith Sunderland (DIT, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering)

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