Archive for July, 2012

Hamilton Institute 10 year celebration, Sept. 3rd 2012

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

To mark the 10th year since the Hamilton Institute’s we’re organising a special event on the evening of Monday 3rd September.


6.00pm Drinks reception, Iontas Building on the north campus (map)

6.30pm Public lecture in the Iontas Theatre by Professor Persi Diaconis “On Coincidence”, addressing the influence of chance on our daily lives.

8.30pm Dinner in Barberstown Castle (map).


Prof Persi Diaconis, speaking "On Coincidence"

Hamilton 10 Years Lecture

Robert Shorten (HI), Philip Nolan (NUIM President), Persi Diaconis (Stanford), Mark Ferguson (SFI Director-General), Doug Leith (HI)

TGI Module on Optimization and Congestion Control

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

The Hamilton Institute will host the module “Convex Optimization and an Introduction to Congestion Control” as part of the Telecommunication Graduate Initiative (TGI).

The module will run from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2012 and will be delivered by Prof. Fabian Wirth.

For more details, see the TGI site.

POSTA 2012, 2-4 September 2012

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The Hamilton Institute is pleased to be hosting the 4th International Symposium on Positive Systems (POSTA) 2012. Plenary speakers will be:

  • Professor Persi Diaconis, Stanford University;
  • Professor Ludwig Elsner, University of Bielefeld;
  • Professor Josef Hofbauer, University of Vienna.

See conference home page for further details, including registration.

New €3M Research Project in Green Transport and Communications Networks Announced

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Hamilton Institute researchers Robert Shorten and Doug Leith have been awarded major new research funding by Science Foundation Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson, said: “The PI projects for 2012, selected following a highly-competitive, peer-reviewed process, are investigating some of the most important issues facing humanity today”.

Prof. Robert Shorten (centre) project co-PI in the Hamilton Institute with Prof. Mark Ferguson (left) Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton (standing)
Transport is a major contributor to climate change and pollution in our cities. Looking ahead, the need is to regulate the aggregate effect of vehicles, e.g. to avoid pollution peaks, manage traffic flow more efficiently while respecting an emissions budget, and regulate electric vehicle load on the energy network. This requires vehicles to be able to cooperate with each other. Much of the technology needed (GPS, smart sensors, city-wide wireless network connectivity etc) will soon be widely deployed and the political will for change increasingly exists. However, the lack of scalable, efficient algorithms for achieving cooperation and coordination, which is the primary technical focus of the new Hamilton Institute project, remains a key technology bottleneck to future developments.

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