On Monday, Professor David FitzPatrick welcomed a delegation from the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) to Grangegorman. Last year, TU Dublin signed a historic agreement with UESTC to establish the Irish-Sino Research and Innovation Institute for Novel and Emerging Sciences and Technologies (NEST).
With the establishment of NEST, TU Dublin became the first Irish institution to establish an R&D institute in China – and UESTC the very first Chinese university to develop an overseas presence in Ireland or Europe. Initially, to be developed as a ‘virtual’ research institute, NEST provides an opportunity to forge a close research presence with UESTC, a top Chinese university, and to work towards establishing a joint Institute with physical branches in both China and Ireland.
In its first phase of operation, associated researchers will target funding opportunities including the Chinese Scholarship Council, Joint Programming Initiatives and other international funding programmes to advance research in areas of:
· Information and Communication Technologies,
· Machine Learning with Wireless Network Management,
· Wireless Communications and Medical Applications,
· Personalised Medicine.
· Applications of computational intelligence technologies to a variety of real-world problems.
To date, €53k in funding has been secured under the Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Programme 2019 to support TU Dublin researchers to undertake research visits to UESTC.
Other events are planned in the coming weeks including the inaugural NEST Symposium where scholars from associated Research Centres will meet in UESTC’s Qingshibe Campus, Chengdu for a 1-week symposium and series of workshops to present research and engage in research planning and development.