Dublin, Ireland, 18 December, 2007 – eSpatial announced their collaboration with a cross-disciplinary research cluster centred in the National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG), National University of Ireland, Maynooth. The research is part of a 5 year program funded by Science Foundation Ireland investigating Advanced Geotechnologies. Specific areas of research are Sensor Fusion, Spatial Algorithms, Spatial Visualisation, Location Based Services and Dynamic Systems Monitoring & Display.
eSpatial is one of two industrial partners providing software and supporting expertise to the cluster. The second industrial partner is ESRI Ireland with plans to introduce 3 more partners in the future.
The cluster will include departments from National University of Ireland, Maynooth together with other researchers from Irish universities including Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology. In addition, there will be the collaboration of Irish government agencies including Ordnance Survey Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency Geological Survey of Ireland, National Roads Authority and The Marine Institute.
The research cluster will combine expertise in sensors and signal processing, wireless communications and algorithms for spatial analysis. The proposed cluster aims to make Ireland a world leader in advances in geospatial technology and is envisaged to have a strategic impact on Ireland.
Philip O’Doherty, CEO, eSpatial said, “We are delighted to support this initiative. eSpatial believes that an internationally recognised GI Community of Practice based in Ireland will establish Ireland as a globally recognised centre for geospatial research excellence. As an Irish GIS software development company, eSpatial will benefit from this in the global GI-market place. Increased commercial opportunities and inward investment will result in job creation and company growth that will benefit Ireland.”
Prof. Stewart Fotheringham, Director of the NCG and the newly formed Strategic Research Cluster said the new research grouping represents “a confluence of highly regarded, complementary labs from several disciplines and several universities united to pursue a common goal of developing a framework for spatial data collection, processing, visualisation and dissemination”.