The Network Innovations Centre (NIC) is one of three major research centres within the Rince Institute (a PRTLI 1 funded national centre for excellence in Information and Communications Technology (ICT)) in Dublin City University (DCU). 

The mission of the Network Innovations Centre in the Rince Institute is to contribute to the emergence of the next generation of networks and network applications by engaging in relevant research and promoting its findings.

NIC Main Areas of Research

The Network Innovations Centre staff have expertise in a number of areas. Some of our main areas of research include:

  • Information and network security - Deep packet inspection, FPGA hardware acceleration, network processor design
  • Energy Efficient ICT - Energy proportional routing, frequency and voltage scaling, smart standby
  • Internet of Things - Networked embedded systems
  • Big Data Processing and Delivery
  • Switching theory and Routing protocols
  • VANET-based Vehicular ​Networking and Energy-aware Routing for Electrical Vehicles
  • Performance of Mobile and Wireless Communications

​ - network selection, handover​, quality-aware mobility

  • Wireless Sensor Networks - Cooperative communications, security mechanisms, low power mote design
  • Quality-oriented Adaptive Multimedia Delivery

​ - performance-oriented and energy-aware protocols, effect of heterogeneous network environments​

  • Multisensorial Media Processing and Delivery - algorithms, protocols, subjective testing
  • Adaptive Web-based Systems



The NIC has significant expertise in switching theory, routing protocols, protocol implementation and network security, quality-oriented and power-aware adaptive multimedia delivery, quality of experience aware adaptive hypermedia systems, performance of wireless and mobile networks, numerical modelling of electromagnetic wave scattering and radiation problems, hardware description languages and low-power electronics.

Selected Key Projects:


  • INPUT – Horizon 2020 project on In-Network Programmability for next-generation personal cloUd service support, 2014-2017
  • E-Stream Enterprise Ireland – Ericsson - DCU two-year joint research program into advanced performance management technologies for mobile networks
  • Telecommunications Graduate Innitiative - HEA PRTL5 (www.tgi.ie)
  • Smart antennas in urban environments - Danny O'Hare postgraduate Scholarship
  • Information Security Risk Assessment Method – China Scholarship Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Telecomunicazioni
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
  • Hangzhou Dianzi University, China
  • Queens University of Belfast

Selected Academic Linkages:


Selected Industrial/Other Linkages:

  • Ericsson
  • IBM

NIC Associated Research Laboratories

  • NPG - Network Processing Group
  • PEL - Performance Engineering Lab @ DCU
  • SSL - Switching and Systems Laboratory  

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 Contact Head of NIC:    Dr. Xiaojun Wang