University College Cork and Tyndall

University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC), National University of Ireland, Cork, was established as the university of Munster in 1845. Situated in Ireland’s second city, UCC is the comprehensive globally-oriented research-led university of the south of Ireland providing the full range of disciplines and playing a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based society. As Ireland’s first five-star university, UCC boasts a vibrant, modern, environmentally sustainable campus and a top-ranked student experience. UCC is now ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research output and peer esteem.

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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UCC

Keywords:  Speech and language therapy; communication; understanding and using prosody (tone of voice, emotion); linguistics (complex sentences); use of iPad apps to develop language; communication and assistance dogs.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC is located within the School of Clinical Therapies, which is one of five Schools in the College of Medicine and Health. The School has approximately 200 undergraduate students enrolled on occupational therapy and speech and language therapy programmes. The School has increasing numbers of postgraduate students on Masters and PhD programmes.

Academic staff who work in the Department are research active and have a wide range of interests that include paediatric and adult communication and hearing disorders. Some staff have published articles in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability. Staff have been successful in securing a number of research council funded project grants over the past five years. The Department has a speech and language therapy clinic which provides state-of-the-art facilities for conducting assessments and interventions in a child-friendly environment. There are high quality studio-based video/audio recordings for making recordings of both children and adults. There is a well-equipped phonetics laboratory with good computing facilities and clinic reception facilities.

  • Key Contacts

    Prof Fiona Gibbon, PhD ( is a speech and language therapist and is Head of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her research focuses on new developments in instrumentation to improve diagnosis and treatments for children with speech disorders, especially those with motor disorders, phonological impairment, cleft palate and autism.

    Dr Ciara O’Toole, PhD, ( is a speech and language therapist and Lecturer in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Her teaching and research interests are in the area of paediatric communication development and disorders. She has particular interest in intellectual disability, bilingual language acquisition and children who are acquiring Irish as a first/second language.

The Tyndall National Institute

Was founded in 1982 as the NMRC (National Microelectronics Research Centre). In 2004 at the initiative of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment and University College Cork (UCC), Tyndall was asked to bring together complementary activities in photonics, electronics and networking research across several UCC academic departments as well as the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). The objective was to create an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research institute in Ireland, to support industry and academia nationally. It employs over 450 staff and students. The strengths of the institute at the present time lie in the areas of Microsystems, Photonics, Micro/Nanoelectronics, Materials, Theory, and Modelling & Design. The participants in this proposal are working within the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) group in the Microsystems centre of the institute. Tyndall-UCC is employing a system level design methodology focusing on the development of the embedded software and energy aware system intelligence, the necessary deployment tools to get systems into the field and ensure long lifetime deployments. The key research skills which Tyndall-UCC has developed in the course of deploying these sensing platforms lie in the areas of sensor system integration, low power embedded system design and development (hardware and software), system miniaturization, RF system design and optimization and system deployment.

The Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) team has over 10 years of experience and knowhow in designing hardware and we have also developed a WSN mote platform (‘the Tyndall mote’) that has been successfully deployed in over 40 technology applications. These range from water quality monitoring and building metering to wearable sensing systems for fitness and health.

Tyndall has ~ 8,000 m2 dedicated lab space including wafer fabrication facilities for silicon, compound semiconductors and MEMS. There is also a dedicated Training fab for students and external engineers. Specialist labs are allocated for Photonics, Microsystems and Micro/Nanoelectronics including extensive test and characterisation facilities across each discipline.

  • Key Contacts

    John Barton (  is a Senior Staff Researcher in the Wireless Sensor Networks team where his recent research interests include ambient systems research, wearable computing and deployment of wireless sensor networks for personalised health applications. As PI on the Enterprise Ireland funded D-Systems project John has been the leader of the development of the Tyndall-UCC Wireless Sensor Mote platform. He has authored or co-authored over 90 peer reviewed papers. He is Tyndall Project Manager for the €12M CLARITY CSET, funded by Science Foundation Ireland. He was also the project manager on the ArrowHead Project for ballistic inertial measurement which is being commercialised as Velocitip – He has previously had vast experience in EU projects such as STAMPEDE, SIR, MULTIPLEYE, SOCIAL, PLANTS.

    Brendan O’Flynn ( Brendan is a Senior Staff Researcher at the Tyndall and is Research Activity leader for the WSN group, directing the research activities of the group in a variety of industry funded, nationally funded and European projects. During his years of research at NMRC/Tyndall, Brendan has been institute PI or as project leader in a number of nationally and internationally funded research projects.

    Dr Paul Galvin ( is head of the Life Sciences Interface group. Research within the Life Sciences Interface Group is focussed on exploiting the extensive design, fabrication and characterisation tools available in Tyndall, for applications related to health and environment. Dr Galvin is a PI in the SFI INFANT centrefor perinatal research, and a collaborator in the SFI BDI (Biomedical Diagnostics Institute) and INSIGHT (Big Data Analytics) centre.