Prof. Dirk Pesch

Centre Director, University College Cork

Dirk Pesch is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at University College Cork and the Director of the ADVANCE CRT, the Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies.

He is also a Principle Investigator of the SFI funded CONNECT Centre for Future Networks, the ENABLE SFI research programme on smart communities, and the SFI CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing, where his research focuses on future networks, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems with applications in smart and connected communities and smart manufacturing. Dirk is also involved in the Cork Smart Gateway, a smart communities initiative in Cork City and County, as a member of the steering committee. Previously, he was involved in a number of EU funded research projects on smart and energy efficient buildings and urban neighbourhoods such as the FP7 SCUBA, COOPERATE, and GENiC projects, including as coordinator. Since 2000, Dirk has been personally involved in research grants totalling in excess of €80M of which approx. €15M has directly supported his own research.

Dirk has has (co-)authored over 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has a h-index of 33 with almost 4000 citations. He co-edited the first book on ICT for energy positive neighbourhoods, published by Academic Press. He is an editorial board member of Springer Wireless Networks and MDPI Sensors. He also contributes to international conference organization in his area of expertise including the IEEE World Forum on the Internet of Things, IEEE VTC, IEEE Globecom, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC, IFIP Networking and other conference and workshops.

Prior to joining academia, Dirk was a design engineer with Nokia in Germany and the UK, developing and implementing communication protocols for a range of cordless telecommunication products. Dirk received a Dipl.Ing. degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.