NUI Maynooth establish Callan Institute

NUI Maynooth today announced the establishment of the Callan Research Institute which will focus on the application of computer and communications technology to real world problems. The Callan Institute, which is already working with Intel, NXP and Alcatel Lucent, will prioritise working with industry to identify and answer relevant research questions in ICT technologies. The Institute is named after Nicholas Callan (1799-1864), a scientist from Maynooth accredited with the invention of the battery and one of the earliest examples of commercialisation of research from an Irish university.

Speaking at the announcement, Prof Tom Collins, President NUI Maynooth said that “in naming the institute after one of Maynooth’s most famous scientists’ the Callan Institute is signalling the intent to continue his legacy in applied science and engineering, maintaining a culture of experimentation and innovation.”

Dr Ronan Farrell, Director of the Callan Institute said that “innovation and the realisation of research results is a fundamental principle for the Callan Institute. This will be delivered through working with industry to identify relevant research questions and provide access to the knowledge base and expertise of our researchers. Our experience has shown that blending basic research and use-driven projects provides new research outputs with direct relevance to real-world problems - particularly when realised in hardware or software prototypes.” Researchers in Callan are already working with multinationals such as Intel, NXP and Alcatel Lucent, and have many ongoing projects with large and small Irish companies.

Incorporating the Institute for Microelectronics and Wireless Systems and researchers from the Departments of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at NUI Maynooth, the Callan Institute brings together over forty researchers with expertise in wireless communications, data mining and knowledge extraction, image and video signal processing, cognition and intelligent systems to focus on use-inspired research to benefit both the individual and society in today’s knowledge economy.

The new multi-disciplinary research centre will have a broad remit of activities focussing on the role of ICT technologies in areas such as transport, health, smart grids and urban planning. 

The Callan Institute is supported by Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Further information

NUI Maynooth Communications