SFI Principal Investigator Funding Award for DIT Researcher & RCSI Collaborators

12th May 2010

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is to research body area communications technology in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Dr. Max Ammann, Director of the Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre in the DIT School of Electronic and Communications Engineering, will use advanced computer modelling to implement improved wireless telemetry devices for physiotherapy and sporting applications. The multidisciplinary team includes Dr Frances Horgan and Ms Louise Keating of the School of Physiotherapy at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland and will employ a senior researcher, a PhD student and an MSc student.

It is hoped that the cooperation will allow the researchers to explore the effects of the body on radio links and to develop new monitoring technology for real-time physiotherapy analysis. The principle tasks will include the electromagnetic modelling of designs and application trials for performance benchmarking in laboratory and clinical settings.

Congratulating Dr. Ammann and his research team, Professor Gerald Farrell, Head of the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering in DIT, said “This is a fitting tribute to the outstanding quality of Dr. Ammann’s research and to his hard work in building a fine team of researchers over many years. This multi-disciplinary collaboration is an exciting basis for ideas exchange between our institutions.” 

Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR) specialises in the analysis, design and measurement of RF and microwave devices for wireless communications and medical applications. With more than 12 years of applied research experience and it has built an international reputation for innovative futuristic concepts and solutions to contemporary industrial challenges.


Dr Ammann, Dr Horgan and Ms Keating were joined by Prof Brian Harvey, Dean of Research at the RCSI and Dr Tony Betts, DIT Research Office at a presentation ceremony by Prof Frank Gannon of SFI and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O'Keeffe TD. 

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