Professor Theo Lynn is Professor of Digital Business and PI of IC4, a €6.2m national research centre in cloud computing and commerce.
Anna Gourinovitch is a postgraduate researcher holding a BA in Advertising (St. Petersburg State University) and an MSc in Digital Marketing (DCU).
DCU is well established at the forefront of Ireland’s research arena, playing host to 5 National Research Centres and Institutes, 3 SFI Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology and participating 14 national and large-scale research programmes. DCU also hosts 9 University Designated Research Centres including IC4 and CloudCore focus on cloud computing and SCI- SYM which focuses on HPC. The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) was established in February 2012 and has attracted national funding of €6.2m to date. Hosted in DCU, it is a multi-institutional multi-disciplinary centre comprising computing, business and law researchers from DCU, UCC and AIT. IC4 carries out cutting-edge industry-led research focused on the development of next-generation cloud computing solutions and the acceleration of the adoption of cloud computing technologies by Irish technology companies and enterprises. IC4 is actively collaborating on research with leading cloud technology companies (e.g. Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Fujitsu, and Salesforce.com). Service quality, assurance and accountability are targeted areas for IC4. DCU is also participating in the FP7 funded CACTOS project examining the design of data centre infrastructure to deliver cloud-based applications on top of current and future heterogeneous hardware as energy efficient as possible. DCU is the leading university in Ireland for commercialisation of technology.
RELEVANCE TO THE PROPOSAL
DCU, and specifically IC4, has considerable experience in industry engagement and industry- led research in the cloud computing sector. DCU has participated in a number of EU-funded projects in related fields and is currently a partner in CACTOS. The researchers involved have extensive industry and academic experience in international ICT sector, both in marketing and commercialisation. Within DCU, Dr Lynn has been responsible for the rollout of IC4 and DCU Business School’s industry outreach programmes. This includes the organisation of over 100 workshops, seminars and webinars and conferences in the last 3 years reaching over 14,000 attendees from the marketing, ICT and SME sectors in Ireland and abroad. DCU will bring this experience to the project to successful realise the objectives of the Dissemination and Exploitation packages.
TASKS ASSIGNED AND ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Lead WP8 (Dissemination and Exploitation). Strong involvement in requirements users’ specification, exploitation and dissemination.