Research Centres and Groups

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There are currently over 50 research centres and groups within DIT and our partner institutions conducting cutting-edge applied research across the key areas of ICT, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing, Clean Technology, Life Sciences and Food. DIT Hothouse actively seeks to forge partnerships between DIT researchers and industry with the aim of developing commercially viable new technologies for mutual benefit. The following is a listing of DIT Research Centres/Groups by technology category. If you would like to talk to a researcher from any of the DIT Research Centres and Research Groups below regarding collaboration, please contact the relevant DIT Hothouse Licensing Executive.

Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) Research Capabilities 

DRIC Research Capabilities Flyer 2016 for a full list of research institutes, centres and groups across the Dublin region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) accessible through DIT Hothouse. 

DIT Research Centres

   Clean Technologies
   Industrial Technology
   Life Sciences
   ICT
   Food
   Manufacturing

Research Centres

     Antenna & High Frequency Research Group (AHFR)
     Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST)
     Electrical Power Research Centre (EPRC)
     Nanolab Research Centre (NRC)
     Photonics Research Centre (PRC)
     Applied Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC) / CEADAR
     Communications Network Research Group (CNRG)
     Digital Media Centre (DMC)
     Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM)
     Dublin Energy Lab (DEL)
     Food & Health Research Centre (FHRC)
     Centre for Elastomer Research (CER) 
     Industrial Engineering Optics (IEO)
     Inorganic Pharma & Biomimetric Research Centre (IBPRC)
     ‌Radiation & Environmental Science Centre (RESC)

Research Groups and Other Units

      Marine Research Group (MRG)
      Audio Research Group (ARG)
      People-Oriented Technology (TeaPOT)
      DIT Digital Retail Research Unit (DRRU)
      Control Systems and Robotics
     Information and Communications Security Research Group
      Agriculture Analytics Research Group (AARG)

Agriculture Analytics Research Group (AARG)

The Agriculture Analytics Research Group (AARG) was formed in 2014 to meet the growing demand for smart analytics driven solutions in the agriculture and food production sectors in Ireland. Supports provided include the development of analytics based solutions that can deliver data driven insight to farmers, processors and supplies alike. The team brings together experts in Data Analytics, Remote Sensing, and Business Development who share a joint passion for developing state-of-the-art innovative technologies for the agriculture sector.To learn more, download the Analytics for Agriculture & Food Technology Flyer and click on the short video below:

Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre (AHFR)  

AHFRC specialises in the analysis, design and measurement of RF and microwave devices for wireless communications and medical applications.

Applied Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC)

The Applied Intelligence Research Centre (AIRC) engages in researching the application of computational intelligence technologies to real world problems.  The core competencies of the AIRC include data analytics, machine learning, language technologies, intelligent agents, and security. To learn more about research collaboration with the AIRC, click on the short video below:

Audio Research Group (ARG)     

The Audio Research Group is based in the School of Electrical Engineering Systems. The group's expertise lie in the following areas of speech and audio processing: sound source separation; time scale modification; automatic transcription; rhythm description systems; feature detection and extraction; speech synthesis; voice modifications; forensic audio applications; noise reduction algorithms; general audio processing for professional and consumer audio applications.

Business Society & Sustainability Research Centre (BSSRC)   

The Business, Society and Sustainability Research Centre is committed to critical and creative analysis and reflection on the impact of business on the wider society and of the wider society on business. Central to these impacts is the theme of sustainability understood not only in its ecological sense but also in the sense of the ability of business to maintain ethical and political legitimacy through creating value in the long-term.

Centre for Elastomer Research (CER)  

CER actively researches the characterisation of hyperelastic and viscoelastic properties of elastomers.

Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST) 

CREST is the leading surface coatings and corrosion control laboratory in Ireland. To learn more, download the CREST Research Collaboration Flyer and click on the short video below:

Communications Network Research Group (CNRG)

The Communications Network Research Group specialises in developing innovative technologies to support the delivery of real-time service such as VoIP and video streaming on wireless networks, specifically IEEE 802.11 or Wi-Fi networks.

Control Systems and Robotics 

The control engineering group is researching in time delay estimation (identification and control of processes with delay), robust control, signal processing and robotics.

Dublin Energy Lab (DEL)

DEL is a leading energy related research and development laboratory, conducting research across a range of disciplines with key efforts organised into themes of electrical power, energy policy, solar energy, zero emissions buildings, energy demand analysis and forecasting, life cycle assessment. DEL forms part of the DIT Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI) Energy SARF (Specific Area of Research Focus). Click on the short video below to learn about research collaboration with ESHI:

Digital Retail Research Unit (DRRU)

The Unit has expertise offering a range of research, consultancy and training solutions: Retail Store Performance Management; Category Management; Retail Location Analysis; Supply-Chain Management; Store Branding, Environment Design & Atmospherics; Performance Measurement and Analysis; Public Policy Research on the Competitiveness of the Sector.

Digital Media Centre (DMC)

DMC research is focused on spatial IT, speech, audio and cognition and social and e-community software.

Electrical Power Research Centre (EPRC) 

EPRC specialises in power quality conditioning and integration of wind and solar energy to the network.

Food and Health Research Centre (FHRC)

Research in the Food and Health Research Centre (FHRC) is interdisciplinary and applied and is both industry and policy relevant. The cross-disciplinary teams of researchers focus on six thematic areas: functional foods and nutraceuticals; post-harvest and non-thermal technologies; food product development and culinary innovation.

To learn how to collaborate with DIT food related research groups on R&D, download the DIT Food Technology Innovation Flyer

Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (GradCAM)

The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) is Ireland's leading centre for doctoral research across design, visual and performing arts, media practice and their associated critical, historical and theoretical discourses. The School provides structured doctoral studies and research development for the creative arts and media sector. 

Industrial Engineering Optics (IEO)

The centre specialises in holographic and interferometric techniques and has developed novel technologies with applications in product authentication, sensing, vibration measurement and optical device fabrication.

Information and Communications Security Research Group

Research interests and expertise of the Group include the following: data encryption using novel algorithms; coding and data compression; information hiding and steganography; data authentication, printed document authentication using texture coding; forensically inert software engineering; covert encryption methods; management of encrypted information; software solutions for security applications; network security and internet modeling; digital rights management; risk management and economic security; data security for cloud computing; novel biometric identification technologies.

Inorganic Pharma & Biomimetric Research centre (IPBRC) 

The IPBRC is focused on research that may lead to the development of novel metal-based pharmaceuticals and novel drug delivery and drug purification systems.

Marine Research Group (MRG)

The Marine Research evolved with the support of internal funding through the Dublin Institute of Technology Team Research Fund Scheme in 2003. Originally the objective was to develop diagnostic protocols for rapid detection and quantification of pathogenic organisms of significance to the Marine Industry in Ireland. The scope of the work has broadened since to cover environmental issues in relation to fish health, residues and subsequent human health.

Nanolab Research Centre (NRC) 

The Nanolab Research Centre has unparalleled expertise in state of the art nano material characterisation and the analysis of the interaction of Nanomaterials with biological systems, both mammalian and aquatic (fresh and marine water) systems.

People-Orientated Technology (TeaPOT)

The TeaPOT Research Group is based in the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The group was established in May 2007 to consolidate its members' ongoing research into technology that interacts with humans or with the human body - People Oriented Technology (POT). The group's activities include research and teaching in biomedical signal engineering, human-machine interfaces, assistive technology, rehabilitation engineering and health informatics.

Photonics Research Centre (PRC) 

PRC undertakes research in a number of areas of photonics with a particular emphasis on optical sensing.

Radiation & Environmental Science Centre (RESC)  

RESC is an academic centre specialising in radiation biology and environmental toxicology.