Friday, 18 December 2015

CONNECT’s Professor Luiz DaSilva elected IEEE Fellow

Professor Luiz DaSilva, a Principal Investigator at CONNECT (, the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for future networks and communications at Trinity College Dublin, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology.

Professor DaSilva, Professor of Telecommunications in the School of Engineering at Trinity, received the honour in recognition of “contributions to cognitive networks and resource management for wireless networks”. He becomes the fourth CONNECT researcher to earn the award, the others being: Prof. Tom Brazil (UCD), Prof. Peter Kennedy (Tyndall National Institute), and Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna (Tyndall National Institute).

IEEE Fellowship is conferred each year on individuals with an outstanding record of accomplishment in an IEEE field of interest. It is a rare honour with only one-tenth of one percent of the organisation's total voting membership receiving the accolade annually. IEEE has over 400,000 members in more than 160 countries and is a leading authority on a wide range of areas from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership. 

Professor Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT, welcomed the news: “This is a wonderful achievement for Luiz and an outstanding international recognition of the excellence of his research work. I congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the CONNECT Centre.”

Professor DaSilva is a principal investigator on several telecommunications research projects funded by the National Science Foundation in the United States, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme 7. He is a co-applicant of CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre, and holds a Principal Investigator grant from SFI.

Earlier this year, Professor DaSilva launched the €3 million FUTEBOL (Federated Union of Telecommunications Research Facilities for an EU-Brazil Open Laboratory) collaboration between Brazilian and European researchers.

Prof. DaSilva is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on cognitive networks and the application of game theory to resource management problems in wireless networks. His early work on telecommunications analysis using game theory, dating back to the mid-1990s, paved the way for its application as a major mathematical tool applied to the analysis of radio resource management, and he authored the first book on the topic. Both areas that Prof. DaSilva pioneered are today well established tracks of wireless communications research and practice.

Prof. DaSilva is currently working on a new architecture for virtual wireless networks orchestrated from resources belonging to heterogeneous technologies and multiple stakeholders. His research combines theoretical modelling of network resource planning and usage with hands-on testbed implementation of dynamic resource management solutions. He has co-authored two books on wireless communications and is an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer.