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, where he is involved in and leads a number of research initiatives in the area of future networks, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems with applications in smart and connected communities and smart manufacturing.

Prior to joining University College Cork, Dirk was with Cork Institute of Technology, first as a lecturer and then senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. During this time, he lectured in the area of computer communications and networking and embedded systems and developed research activities that led to the establishment of the Centre for Adaptive Wireless Systems. Following a successful proposal submission for new research infrastructure and capacity building in the area of networked embedded systems – Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), he was appointed as the founding head of the Nimbus Research Centre at Cork Institute of Technology in 2009. Under his leadership, Nimbus became a leading research and development centre carrying out research in a wide range of applications of IoT/CPS and supporting industry with their innovation needs. In December 2016, CIT designated him as Professor.

Dirk is currently the Director of 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, an investigator and steering committee member of the ENABLE SFI research programme on smart communities, and a Principle Investigator of the SFI CONFIRM Centre for 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. Before joining University College Cork, 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 28 with about 2500 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, MDPI Sensors, and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, published by Sage. 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.