The Callan Institute - for applied ICT

A lead member of the SFI Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR)
A lead member of the SFI Strategic Cluster on Advanced Geotechnologies (StratAG)

The Callan Institute is focussed on the use of information, computing and communications technologies to address challenges arising from our increasingly complex world - our communications and technology driven enviroment and the impact on our personal lives. The Institute's area of expertise is in electronic and software systems, wireless communications and in data mining, knowledge extraction and cognition. As a group, we wish to blend focussed basic research with a systems perspective that drives cross-disciplinary developments, essential in tackling the new challenges arising from the need for a more sustainable, knowledge-driven society.

Innovation, and the transfer of the knowledge gained from our research, is a fundamental principle for the Institute. A key element of achieving this is the construction of demonstrators and experimental platforms for demonstrating our achievements. We welcome engagement with all companies, local and international and we have demonstrated success in transferring knowledge and technology to assist new startup companies and product development.

The Callan Institute for applied ICT was formally establised in 2010, drawing primarily on researchers from the Departments of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. The Callan Institute builds on the success of the preceding Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems which was absorbed into the Callan Institute. The new Institute will endeavour to highlight existing research activities and work towards enhancing collaboration and a multi-disciplinary approach to research at Maynooth University. The Institute also has a mission to support the existing productive culture for commercially relevant innovation, successful knowledge transfer, assisting local industry and commercialising research outputs.


Latest News

Mar 2015: Ronan Farrell, director of the Callan Institute was the Top Author Downloaded from Maynooth University's ePrints in Feb 2015. Click here for more




NOV 2013 - SEPT 2014: The Callan Institute's RF Transceiver Design, Build and Measurements Course began on 22 November 2013. The course is tailored for professionals working with RF circuits and systems and will run 1 day-long session each month for 12 months. During which an introduction is given to the fundamental components used in RF transceivers, their nonideal effects when used in a practical system and the measurement techniques used to extract the data to describe their performance. The first nine sessions have covered various areas including Filters, Noise and Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA), Mixers and Wireless Modulation and have proved to be a huge success. Please e-mail if you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information on upcoming courses.



12/SEPT/2013: Dr. John Dooley and Dr. Grzegorz Szczepkowski receiving an award from Professor Bernard Mahon at the recent CTVR Showcase 2013, in the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. The award was in recognition of the group's research into Active Cancellation and Digital Pre-Distortion. More information on this event and the CTVR Research Centre can be found at


05/NOV/2012: Dr. Alvaro Palomo Navarro graduated with his Doctorate with a thesis titled "CHANNELIZATION FOR MULTI-STANDARD SOFTWARE-DEFINED RADIO BASE STATIONS". We congratulate him and wish him the best in his future career.


24/OCT/2012: In early October, Eagle IC signed the first commercial licence of MCCI IP.   The IP is a 0.32mm^2, 0-6GHz, 4ps rms LC VCO PLL which was developed by Aidan Keady and Grzegorz Szczepkowski  during an MCCI Project.  This IP will allow Eagle IC to grow from a small services based organisation to an IP/product company creating jobs.  A second commercial licence has been signed with Redmere.  Redmere will potentially use this IP in next generation active cable products.   

14/APR/2011: The winner of the Student Entrepreneur competition was Alavaro Palomo of eBitez (details). Alvaro, a Callan Institute PhD student, describes his eBitez App as a tool for making shopping cheaper for chefs or aspiring chefs. An elated Alvaro commented afterwards "The learning curve has been exponential in my case, and one of the best experiences in my life".

7/DEC/2010: The relaunch of the Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems as the Callan Institute was announced by NUI Maynooth. The expanded Institute will have a focus on applied ICT and innovation, addressing issues from smart cities and iPhone Apps to the enabling technologies such as data mining, communications and signal processing. The Callan Institute is named after the Maynooth's famous Rev. Nicholas Callan, recognised by the IEEE as a pioneer in electronic engineering, as a dedicated experimentalist and innovator. More information on Rev. Callan may be found here (click).

22/NOV/2010: Dr. Ronan Farrell of the Callan institute received an award from Enteprise Ireland in recognition of the licensing by the Institute of his animal healthcare technology to a new startup company.

9/SEPT/2010: Socowave Secures 3 Million EUROs in Funding led by Balderton Capital. Socowave licensed its original technology from NUI Mayooth in 2008, and remains a research partner. For more information, click (here)

30/JULY/2010: The results of the PRLTI cycle 5 round of infrastructure funding were announced last week by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Minster for Enterprise Batt O Keefe TD. We're delighted that the Callan Institute (previously IMWS) was successful in three bids in which it had a significant role, bids totalling 12MEuro. These bids included SmartBay, a graduate school initiative for telecommunications and a new facilities for ICT researchers in Maynooth. We appreciate the support being provided by the Government through PRTLI for these essential research activities.

10/MAR/2010: Five competence centres were launched by An Taoiseach today.  IMWS is proud to be a lead partner in the Microelectronics Competence Centre Ireland (MCCI) which supports three of our researchers in the investigation of new strategies for designing Phase-Lock-Loops in nanometre devices.  A youtube video explaining competence centres is available (click).

15/SEPT/2009: Dr. Brian Daniels graduated with his Doctorate with a thesis titled "ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF HIGH ORDER DIGITAL PHASE LOCKED LOOPS".  As the first PhD graduate of the Institute, we congratulate him and wish him the best in his future career.

6/OCT/2008: Dr. Ronan Farrell, Director of the Institute of Wireless & Microelectronic research at NUI Maynooth, has been awarded the Enterprise Ireland ICT Commercialisation Award 2008. He was presented with the award for his technology development and its successful transfer to the new technology company Socowave Limited.  Presenting the award, Gearóid Mooney Enterprise Ireland’s Director of ICT Commercialisation said“Dr. Farrell is a true example of a technology pioneer. By combining his world class research in the wireless communications field and his strong industry experience he has played an enabling role in the creation of an exciting start-up technology company in the highly competitive telecommunications sector. Enterprise Ireland is delighted to recognise the commercialisation success of his research and his outstanding contribution to the ICT industry in Ireland”. (click)

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