Rince: Network Innovations Centre

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Dr. Conor Brennan, Dr. Martin Collier, Dr. Jennifer McManis,
Dr. Gabriel-Miro Muntean, and Dr. Xiaojun Wang.

The Network Innovations Centre (NIC) is one of three major research centres within the Rince Institute (a PRTLI 1 funded national centre for excellence in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)).

The mission of the Network Innovations Centre in RINCE is to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of networks and network applications by engaging in relevant research and promoting its findings.


Ever-increasing consumer interest in novel services such as Voice over IP and IPTV fuels the demand for next generation networks offering greater bandwidth as well as better support for real-time services and user mobility, enhanced reliability and integrated/converged network architectures. The development of these networks is supported by continuing growth in computing power, increased efficiency in the exploitation of radio spectrum, and advances in optical fibre solutions, as well as ongoing developments of traditional network technologies.

Key Expertise

The centre staff has significant expertise in switching theory, routing protocols, protocol implementation and network security, quality-oriented and power-aware adaptive multimedia delivery, quality of experience aware adaptive hypermedia systems, performance of wireless and mobile networks, numerical modelling of electromagnetic wave scattering and radiation problems, hardware description languages and low-power electronics.

Postgraduate and postdoctoral opportunities

Energy-efficient networking:

We are hiring a postgraduate student and postdoctoral fellows to work on the energy-efficient design of wired IP networks, as part of the EU-funded ECONET Integrated Project. Further information available from Dr. Xiaojun Wang or Dr. Martin Collier.

Large-scale interconnects:

We are seeking, in conjunction with IBM, a postdoctoral fellow to work on the design of a large-scale switching system to interconnect supercomputer subsystems. The successful candidate will be recommended to the IRCSET Enterprise Partnership Scheme . Further information available from Dr. Martin Collier.

Key Projects

Currently our main research projects are funded by SFI Research Frontiers, Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Funds (Proof of Concept and Technology Development), SFI Secondary Teacher Assistant Researchers (STARs) Programme, SFI China-Ireland Science and Technology Collaboration Research Fund, DCU-CSC PhD Scholarships and the IRCSET Embark Initiative (postgraduate and postdoctoral).

Current and recent projects include:

Selected Academic Linkages

Dr. Koen Van Dongen, Delft University, The Netherlands
Prof. Alexandra Cristea, University of Warwick, UK
Dr. George Ghinea, Brunel University, UK
Dr. John Murphy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Liam Murphy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Cristina Hava Muntean, National College of Ireland, Ireland
Prof. Pascal Frossard, L’Ecole Politehnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Dan Pescaru, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
Prof. Liu Bin, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Prof. Wojtiech Kabacinski, Technological University of Poznan, Poland

Selected Industrial Linkages

Recent collaborations have involved Eircom, Industria and Vilicom.

Educational/Outreach Programme

The staff from the Network Innovations Centre are involved in a wide range of educational and outreach programmes including:

2nd Level:

3rd Level:

Summer Internships:  

Working in our research labs over the summer months allows undergraduate students to gain research experience.

Graduate Education:



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