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 approximately 12,000 full-time and part-time students. The Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research at CIT is focused on translating innovative research into economic benefit.
This is supported through its dedicated technology Gateway (Nimbus TEC) to support commercialization and exploitation of the centers research outcomes. Nimbus conducts research in hardware and software technologies for wireless embedded systems with particular emphasis on network systems research. This is encapsulated across the following research themes IoT Systems & User Interaction, Network Management & Protocols, Advanced Control and Data Analytics. These cross cutting themes target domains such as energy efficient buildings and spaces, water management, transportation and traffic management, ambient systems, and augmented materials. CIT have significant expertise in trialing research in real world environments and have a developed a Trailing & Testbed initiative known as Litmus, to coordinate these activities.
Motivation & Related Competencies: The Nimbus Centre at CIT conducts a strong research programme in ICT solutions targeting the area of embedded systems hardware, software and support tools, localisation and tracking and human machine interfaces. These have been utilized and applied to the domain of Energy in the built environment through a number of national and European supported research programmes such as the FP7 SCUBA and FP7 COOPERATE, FP7 Energy In Time and FP7 GENiC projects. As a public body, CIT has committed to achieving 30% reduction in energy by 2020, this target driven at national level goes beyond those defined within the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Therefore CIT provides its campus as a demonstration and validation site with the expectation that TOPAs will contribute to its ambitious energy saving targets.
Role in the Project: CIT will lead the Scientific & Technical Management for the TOPAs project. At the technical level, CIT will lead WP4 “Distributed Energy Management” focusing on the development of energy management approaches at building and district level. This requires the development of a novel approach to distributed model predictive control to provide a scalable solution for bridging the gap between predicted and actual energy usage. In addition, CIT will extend and develop a tools and services to support continuous performance monitoring including services to support and validate occupancy modelling (Task 2.4), wireless sensor infrastructure design for monitoring (Task 2.1) and visualisation tools (WP5 “Decision Support Tools”). Finally, the CIT campus will be leveraged for the demonstration and validation of the TOPAs solution (WP7 “Demonstration and Evaluation”).
For more information of CIT and the Nimbus Center please visit our site www.nimbus.cit.ie