What is CTVR?
CTVR is a national telecommunications research centre. We carry out industry-informed research in wireless and optical networking. We have particular expertise in the kinds of technologies that will make networks flexible and evolvable and able to withstand change. A full description of our research can be found here.
What does CTVR stand for?
Originally we were called the Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain Research but as the emphasis on the value-chain has been reduced we now go by the name CTVR / the telecommunications research centre.
Which academic institutions are involved in CTVR?
CTVR is headquarted in Trinity College Dublin (TCD). The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin City University (DCU), Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC) and the University of Limerick (UL) are all involved. Each institution brings different expertise to the table. An overview of our research can be found here.
How many researchers are involved in total?
There are 16 core academic faculty members involved from across the seven different institutions. Across all CTVR projects there are between 40 and 45 postdoctoral researchers and up to 90 postgraduate students involved at any one time. The number depends on the number of active projects.
Who are the CTVR Industry Partners?
CTVR has six core commercial partners: Bell Labs Ireland/Alcatel Lucent, Xilinx Research Labs, eircom, NXP, Socowave and Intune Networks. Across all active projects there are typically 50 additional companies working with CTVR researchers either in EU consortia or in smaller bi-lateral projects.
Are there any other industry interactions?
CTVR hosts regular events, including specialist courses, workshops and networking events, for the wider telecommunications industry. Each year we meet a large number of companies seeking advice and insight on issues specific to their business.
How is CTVR funded?
CTVR competes for research funding nationally and internationally. It is one of Science Foundation of Ireland's flagship Centres for Science and Technology (CSET). The CSET grant, together with matched funding from core partners, is the most significant source of Centre funding. Additional funding comes from Enterprise Ireland, HEA and IRCSET, EU programmes, and private sector companies. CTVR is currently involved in three active FP7 projects - CogEU, CREW, DISCUS and the substantial telecoms graduate education programme TGI.