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Centres and Groups


The School’s research is organised into four streams each with a number of associated groups:

i)           Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials

ii)          Signal and Image Processing

iii)         Systems and Control

iv)         Telecommunications

These streams and groups link into larger, often inter-disciplinary, Research Centres e.g.


Established in 1999 through competitive funding, RINCE (Rin-keh), is a national research centre for excellence in Engineering, within the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at DCU.

RINCE’s focus is on innovation in engineering technologies. The aim of the research is the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for the Global Information Society. RINCE’s Academic Staff members, Research Fellows, and Postgraduate Students collaborate on a wide variety of research projects.Links with Industry include the application of Network knowledge, expertise, tools and techniques across the spectrum of hardware and software Systems.


CLARITY is a research centre that  focuses on the intersection between two important research areas - Adaptive Sensing and Information Discovery - to develop innovative new technologies of critical importance to Ireland's future industry base and contribute to improving the quality of life of people in areas such as personal health, digital media and management of our environment. The overarching theme of CLARITY's research programme -bringing information to life- refers to the harvesting and harnessing of large volumes of sensed information, from both the physical world in which we live, and the digital world of modern communications & computing. The technology developed by CLARITY will help to empower the citizen by taming the information overload problem currently facing individuals, helping to ensure that everyone has access to the right information at the right time.

Insight Centre for Data Analytics

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics was created to realise this vision. Insight is a joint initiative between University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland at Galway, University College Cork, and Dublin City University. Insight was established in 2013 by Science Foundation Ireland with funding of €75m. 
At Insight we combine the skills of leading researchers with cutting-edge technologies from diverse research areas. We work closely with industry partners to develop next-generation data acquisition and analytics solutions for important and diverse application areas.
Insight brings together leading Irish academics from 5 of Ireland'€™s leading research centres (DERI, CLARITY, CLIQUE, 4C, TRIL), previously established by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA), in key areas of priority research including:
  • The Semantic Web,
  • Sensors and the Sensor Web,
  • Social network analysis,
  • Decision Support and Optimization, and
  • Connected Health.

National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)

The NCSR is a state-of-the-art facility situated on the campus of Dublin City University, comprising custom-designed laboratories, a range of specialist support units and equipment, and dedicated technical and administrative staff. The NCSR hosts over 250 researchers and several large-scale research initiatives including the Centre’s for Science Engineering and Technology, Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and the Insight Centre, the strategic research cluster, Irish Separations Science Cluster, the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform of Ireland and the Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH).

The NCSR was established in 1999 with funding of €12 million from the Higher Education Authority (PRTLI Cycle 1), most of which was for infrastructural development buildings and equipment. This provided the space and equipment necessary for hosting large-scale projects, and was a significant factor in the subsequent successes of NCSR researchers in attracting very substantial external funding. To date this funding has exceeded €100 million. This funding has facilitated large scale long term collaborations with both national and International academic institutions and a significant number of industrial partners. The Centre now has over a decade of experience in industrial-academic collaborations where sensor technology plays an important role in societal change.

National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST)

The National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology is a strong multidisciplinary research centre comprising of research staff from the Faculty of Science & Health and the Faculty of Engineering & Computing at DCU.  The Centre consists of approximately 80 members carrying out research under well funded programmes in basic science, technological applications and industrial collaborations.  The mission for the Centre is to be:

  • A world class centre for plasma related research
  • A national centre for education, training, and industrial support
  • A national centre that translates research outputs into economic and societal benefit

The core competence is the combined depth of knowledge in basic plasma and related scientific knowledge amongst the NCPST team and this is evidenced through our a strong international reputation, proven publication and citation track records, training & education programmes specifically for industry, strong international collaborations and significant scientific discoveries.

Centre for Scientific Computing and Complex Systems Modelling (SCI-SYM)



The Centre for Scientific Computing & Complex Systems Modelling is a centre of excellence for researchers working in high performance computing (HPC) applied to computational and mathematical models for complex systems in engineering, natural and applied sciences. It has been created in 2007. 

Sci-Sym as University Designated Reseach Centre (UDRC). 

Scientific Computing and Complex Systems explores models of the natural and artificial world, through high performance computer solutions of problems, which, due to their complexity, are intractable by conventional methods such as experimental, mathematical or semi-analytical methods alone. Complex systems arise in a variety of fields, e.g. physics, biology, chemistry, eco- and other hybrid sciences, finance, socio-economic phenomena, and others and are truly interdisciplinary. In some cases, a formal model may be proposed and investigated; in others large amounts of data may be mined and empirically analysed or computational models may be designed and tested against available data.

National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland (NBIPI)

NBIP Ireland was established in 2007 under HEA PRTLI Cycle 4. The platform consists of a consortium of imaging and biophotonics laboratories from across the Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland, 3 EU partners; CNRS Montpellier (France), the CNR Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, Naples (Italy) and The Nordic Imaging Networkand 1 associated international partner; CECs, (Chile)

Nano-Bioanalytical Research Facility


We are also deeply engaged in DCU’s Research and Enterprise Hubs for information technology and the digital society, sustainable economies and societies, and health technologies. The Hubs provide resources for interactions with enterprises and for collaborative interdisciplinary research.