International conference to showcase Irish technology

13 Aug 2007

Information exchange over the internet has evolved considerably in recent years with the growing adoption of peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies such as Skype and Groove, and institutes such as NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) have been active in this field.

The upcoming international conference to be held at the DERI Institute will focus on this area, with talks from leading industry and academic experts, including speakers from Google Inc and Microsoft Research.

This is the 7th IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) conference on networking technology (P2P2007) and will explore topical areas like security in p2p technology, social networks and industrial applications.

The aim of the conference is to promote collaboration among the world’s leading researchers, academics and industry players in p2p technology, as well as government organisations.

“This conference will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the state of Irish technology base to experts from around the world, and will give Irish companies access to expertise from abroad,” said Professor Manfred Hauswirth, vice director of DERI Galway and program chair and local organiser of P2P2007.

“As a helpful side-effect, such high-profile conferences allow local Irish companies and Irish subsidiaries of multinationals to take a ‘cost-free’ look at the next generation of experts in the domain.”

Professor Hauswirth went on to say that he hoped the conference would draw industry attention to the highly qualified people in the area of networking and give “a desperately needed injection of know how” to the low levels of student in the ICT area in Ireland.

By Marie Boran