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MIDAS-IT-CarlowJoint Winners at MIDAS Third-level Electronics Project Competition

The department of Aerospace, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering at Institute of Technology Carlow today hosted the MIDAS (Microelectronics Industry Design Association) Ireland electronics one day symposium, at which Anthony Wall and Paul Casey were declared  joint winners of the MIDAS Third-level Electronics Project Competition, sponsored by Analog Devices.

Anthony Wall, from UCC, with his project ‘Motyxia – Design and Stimulation of an Analogue Front End for Cancer Detection by Fluorescence Imaging’ and Paul Casey, from GMIT, with his project ‘Automated Checkweigher Conveyor System with Integrated Reject Mechanism’   were each awarded €1,000. The runner up, Yuqian Dai, from Instutue of Technology Carlow, with his project ‘Breathalyser and Immobiliser Electronic System with Vehicle Stimulation in Unity 3D’ was awarded €250. Leonard Hobbs, Chairperson of MIDAS Ireland commented on the calibre of the finalists “the standard was so high, it was impossible to divide the quality of the winning projects”

Speaking at the event, Dr Darren F. Kavanagh – Electronic Engineering Programme Director commented: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome MIDAS Ireland back to the Institute for this event to discuss important topics relating to the growing electronics sector. It is also excellent to see the high-quality projects from undergraduate students across the country on display here today, which really bodes well for the future of the electronics industry in Ireland.” 

Today’s symposium discussed the newly launched €500m Disruptive Innovation Fund by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. The department is seeking to invest in “the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and applications” with large scale projects of over three years’ duration, committing up to €10m in funding from public and private sources. Collaboration within consortia comprising large and small enterprises, along with third level institutes, is seen as a key element for success. The first projects are expected to be announced by the Minister before the end of the year and a subsequent call for new proposals is expected in the first half of 2019. Today’s meeting began the process of identifying topics and challenges of mutual interest amongst MIDAS members with a view to establishing consortia which can apply for funding in next year’s programme.

Executive chairman of MIDAS Ireland, Leonard Hobbs said, “We were delighted to come to IT Carlow today and explore opportunities to develop consortia amongst our members seeking to develop disruptive technologies which deploy leading edge electronic systems to deliver breakthrough products and systems in this fast changing digital age”.

MIDAS Ireland is an industry-led cluster consisting of industry, educational, research and government agencies, working together to assist in the development of the electronics based systems sector in Ireland. MIDAS began in 1999 as the Microelectronics Industry Design Association with a focus mainly on the design of advanced integrated circuits. Today MIDAS aims to represent the entire value chain, as the industry evolves to deliver more complete electronic and software system solutions. This industry cluster consists of 8,000 highly-skilled professionals in Ireland who are part of a broader ICT sector. The cluster generates over €9 billion in expert revenue annually while typically committing 15% of its revenue to R&D.

MIDAS today has over 60 member organisations from across the island, including multinational companies such as Analog Devices, Intel, Xilinx, Qualcomm, Cypress Semiconductor and ARM, along with indigenous enterprises such as S3, Decawave, CW Engineering, and Firecomms Technologies. The membership includes third-level institutes such as Institute of Technology Carlow, UCC, UCD, TCD and QUB.