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Professor and Head of Centre, Nimbus Research Centre

Dirk Pesch is a Professor and Head of the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology. Nimbus conducts research and innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things with applications in energy and resource management, smart manufacturing, smart cities and the built environment.

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Prof. Dirk Pesch
Professor and Head of Centre, Nimbus Research Centre
Networking Systems & IoT
+353 21 4335566
+353 87 6614930

Dipl. Ing. Elektrotechnik (MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering), RWTH Aachen University, Germany - 1993
PhD, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK - 1999
(Thesis Title: Distributed Radio Resource Allocation in DQDB MAN Based Microcellular Mobile Networks)

Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Member, Engineers Ireland

Editorial Board memberships:
Mobile and Pervasive Computing, Elsevier
Wireless Networks, Springer-Nature
International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, Sage Publications

Member of Technical Programme Committee:
IEEE ICC, IEEE WF-IoT, IEEE VTC, IEEE GlobeCom, IEEE SmartComp

My technical expertise is in the area of design and performance evaluation of networked systems, communication protocols and services. I teach and research topics in this area with applications in smart manufacturing and smart cities and communities. I also have extensive expertise in collaborative project management, having successful coordinated and managed large Irish and EU funded, multi-partner projects between academia and industry. I also act as an advisor to industry and public bodies.

I am very active in enterprise and research commercialisation having worked with a large number of companies, both SMEs and large multi-nationals, on innovation projects. I am the academic director of the Nimbus Centre’s TEC Technology Gateway, one of 15 Enterprise Ireland funded national innovation groups focused on supporting the innovation needs of companies, in particular Irish SMEs. The TEC Gateway has worked with over 150 companies since 2009 and its industry support has resulted in over 50 new jobs in the supported companies and a range of new products that the companies have brought to market.

Based on my innovation activities, I have filed over 15 invention disclosures with the CIT Technology Transfer Office over the past 6 years. Two of the invention disclosures formed the basis for technology licenses to Intel, Honeywell and two small companies, 1eEurope and Kidspotter. I have two patents in the area of cordless communication mechanisms and indoor localisation. I have also recently filed a patent application based on the outcome of research with an industry partner.

Together with colleagues, I am involved in a start-up, ShowGuider, that has spun out Nimbus research in the area of localisation and cloud based data processing systems. I am also currently involved as scientific advisor with Predictive Control Systems (PCS), a new start-up out of the TEC Gateway, aimed at commercialising energy management and control systems for the water processing sector.

My research interests focus on architecture and design of wireless network systems, innovative, low power communication protocols and flexible services for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems with applications in smart manufacturing, smart cities and buildings, and vehicular system. The techniques to designing novel architecture and protocols we study are based on software defined infrastructure approaches. We use computer simulation and experimentation with physical, hardware-based prototype implementations to evaluate and analyse our new designs. I am also interested in finding solutions to interoperability issues associated with the IoT protocols, services and applications.

A. Monti, D. Pesch, K Ellis, P. Mancarella (ed.), “Energy Positive Neighbourhoods and Smart Energy Districts”, Academic Press, Sept. 2016, ISBN 978-0128099513 C. Dandelski, B.-L. Wenning, D. Viramontes Pérez, D. Pesch, J.-P. Linnartz, “Scalability of Dense Wireless Lighting Control Networks”, IEEE Communications Magazine, January 2015 J. Singh, D. Pesch, ”Smart error-control strategy for low-power communication in wireless networked control systems”, Telecommunication Systems, vol. 55, Issue 2, pp 253-269, February 2014 B. Carballido Villaverde, R. de Paz Alberola, A. J. Jara, S. Fedor, S. K. Das, D. Pesch, “Service Discovery Protocols for Constrained Machine-to-Machine Communications”, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 41-60, 2014 B. Carballido Villaverde, S. Rea, D. Pesch, “QOS-Aware Routing for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks”, in Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications Protocols, Standards, and Products, V. Cagri Gungor; G. P. Hancke (eds.), CRC Press, January 2013 B. Carballido Villaverde, S. Rea, D. Pesch, “InRout - A QoS Aware Route Selection Algorithm for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks”, Ad-hoc Networks, Elsevier, Volume 10, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 458–478

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