Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a publicly funded Higher Education Institution in the South of Ireland. CIT is the largest of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology outside Dublin with a total student enrolment of about 13,000 full-time and part-time students. The Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research (http://www.nimbus.cit.ie) at CIT conducts research in hardware and software technologies for wireless embedded systems with particular emphasis on network systems research. This includes networked systems, embedded systems integration and miniaturisation, wireless sensor/actuator networks, middleware platforms integrating embedded systems with server and cloud based applications, for applications in energy efficient buildings and spaces, water management, transportation and traffic management, ambient systems, and augmented materials. The Centre is involved in a number of key national and EU funded projects in the area of networked embedded systems and energy efficient buildings such as the FP7 SCUBA and FP7 COOPERATE projects. CIT’s Cloud Computing Centre of Excellence (http://cloud.cit.ie) works closely with international companies such as EMC, VMware, IBM, Dell and local small to medium enterprises in research and development initiatives. The centre also offers a number of online programmes including the MSc in Cloud Computing. This programme is offered online with students located in the USA, India, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Russia, UK, Netherlands, Spain and Ireland. Students gain remote access to a large private cloud environment in CIT for lab and research activities in areas such as virtualisation, storage, datacentre networking, cloud application development, cloud security and other cutting-edge technologies.
Motivation: The Nimbus Centre at CIT conducts a strong research programme in ICTsystems for energy management in buildings. The research programme is funded through a number of national and international research projects. Energy management in data centres is of particular interest to broaden the application scope to include this type of building environment. Furthermore, CIT recently launched the world’s first degree programme in cloud computing and CIT plans to develop a link between environmental and IT load management expertise for data centres as part of the proposed project.
Related Competences: Nimbus at CIT has strong skills in software and communication network development for wireless embedded monitoring and control systems as well in the design and deployment of embedded systems for building monitoring and control. Furthermore, through its cloud computing centre of excellence, CIT has strong expertise in cloud computing. CIT has also strong expertise in test-bed development in the energy efficient buildings space developed in a number of ongoing EU projects in the energy efficient buildings space.
Role in the Project: CIT will at the management level, be responsible for coordination of the project. At the technical level, CIT will contribute to the requirements, use case, and architecture specification (WP1), the wireless monitoring platform and decision support system (WP4) and the overall system integration, in particular between the energy management and the IT load management system (WP5). CIT will also contribute to the demonstration activities as the host of the demonstration data centre site (WP6) and dissemination and exploitation of project results (WP7).