TCD professor of telecommunications Luiz DaSilva has been appointed director of CONNECT in succession to Prof Linda Doyle, who has been appointed dean of research at Trinity
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Professor of telecommunications at Trinity College Dublin Luiz DaSilva has been appointed director of CONNECT, the €55 million Science Foundation Ireland research centre for future networks and communications. He succeeds Professor Linda Doyle, who has been appointed dean of research in Trinity.

The CONNECT Centre is headquartered in Trinity and includes 300 researchers in nine other colleges and universities around the country. The Internet of Things and 5G networks are at the heart of its research focus.

More than 30 industry partners


More than 30 industry partners, ranging from SMEs to MNCs, are engaged in collaborative projects with CONNECT researchers. Since its launch in 2015, the centre has attracted more than €10 million in industry investment and almost €20 million in Horizon 2020 competitive funding.

Prof DaSilva has been at TCD since 2009. Previously, he spent six years at IBM and 17 years as professor in electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech.

He is the co-ordinator of several international research programmes involving academic and industry partners in Brazil, China, the US, Northern Ireland, and throughout Europe. He has attracted €3 million of Horizon 2020 and FP7 funding for wireless communications and networks research projects.

Distributed and adaptive resource management in wireless networks


Prof DaSilva’s research focuses on distributed and adaptive resource management in wireless networks, and in particular spectrum and infrastructure resource sharing for next generation networks.

He is responsible for seminal work on cognitive networks and on the application of game theory to wireless resource management problems. He is currently working on a new architecture for virtual wireless networks orchestrated from resources belonging to heterogeneous technologies and multiple stakeholders.

Prof DaSilva is a principal investigator on research projects funded by the National Science Foundation in the United States, Science Foundation Ireland, and the European Commission under Horizon 2020. He has also co-authored two books on wireless communications.

In addition to being a fellow of TCD, he is also an IEEE Communications Society distinguished lecturer, and a fellow of the IEEE in recognition of “contributions to cognitive networks and resource management for wireless networks”.

10 partner higher education institutes


Prof Luiz DaSilva said: “I look forward to working closely with CONNECT’s talented team of researchers in our 10 partner higher education institutes. The centre has expanded rapidly over the past three years and I am excited about the opportunity to build on this success.”

Provost of Trinity Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “We extend our congratulations to Prof DaSilva as the new Director of CONNECT. He is widely recognised as a world leader in the field of telecommunications research, which is one of Trinity’s strategic research themes. Prof DaSilva has been hugely successful at attracting Horizon 2020 funding as well as collaborating with multiple industry partners.

“I also wish to pay tribute to Prof Linda Doyle who is now our dean of research. Her commitment to the growth of CONNECT and its precursor, CTVR, has positioned Trinity as a global leader in the area of networks research.”

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Professor of telecommunications at Trinity College Dublin Luiz DaSilva has been appointed director of CONNECT, the €55 million Science Foundation Ireland research centre for future networks and communications. He succeeds Professor Linda Doyle, who has been appointed dean of research in Trinity. The CONNECT Centre is headquartered in Trinity and...