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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-29

May 29th, 2010
  • @fionahaughney is it that the stadium audience are booing the political voting? in reply to fionahaughney #
  • @sdempsey Looks like everyone (well those authorised) can join into the eurovision dance in reply to sdempsey #
  • Security stopping the flash mob brill #eurovision #
  • Is this chitty chitty bang bang or the Eurovision I've tuned into? #
  • Turkey for the Eurovision tonight #
  • My first ever tag rugby match this evening which was fun, and also my first ever dislocated finger. #

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First visit to Croke Park

May 25th, 2010

Of all the days of all the stadiums I’ve finally made it to Croke Park, but not on match day, but for another techie conference event.


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I thought there won’t be anything happening on the day, but I was wrong, there were some school matches on, with the pitch sliced into 3 sections. I must say it is an awesome stadium.

A tour around the new Landsdowne Road Aviva Stadium

May 18th, 2010

With the new Landsdowne Road Aviva Stadium officially opening up last week I took the opportunity to attend a technology conference event and then take a tour of the new stadium.

The Aviva Stadium at Landsdowne Road

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I have to say it is quite compact (I think 50,000 all seater) and on the fourth tier there was definitely a feeling of vertigo. To my surprise the tour guide allowed us to enter the IRFU presidents room (Directors Box) and we got to walk out the players tunnel onto pitch side.

On the day the stadium was a luscious green alround, but the one thing that surprised me was that the stadium really only has 3 sides which kind of reminds me of a baseball stadium, something like Wrigley Field. I wonder will they ever host a baseball match in the summer?

Anyway given the compactness of the stadium I have no doubt that the first real Landsdowne Roar will be awesome!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-15

May 15th, 2010

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Daniel’s first hair cut

May 15th, 2010

A big day today, headed down to the Jolly Barber on John Street and brought Daniel along for his first hair cut

He was as bright as a button and happy out, as his baby hair wings were being taken off.

The only hassle we had was when he decided to start eating his cut hair, which he soon found out wasn’t too nice at all!

Daniel showing some Rugby skills

May 15th, 2010

Well given that Daniel has the physique of Keith Wood at the moment it was only fitting that Auntie Aoife & Uncle Bobby kitted him out for Ireland.

He later “tried” out some new skills

Little man Daniel is one today

May 13th, 2010

The not so little man Daniel is one today.

Surprisingly enough we had to wake him up this morning to celebrate the big day, I wonder is this a sign of things to come?

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-09

May 8th, 2010
  • @jbwan I haven’t been able to say shag all for years other than enjoying games with plenty of goals for & against but this year was great in reply to jbwan #
  • @frankbradley it’s the first time as a Spurs fan that I just don’t care about the FA Cup this league thing is awesome in reply to frankbradley #
  • Tottenham, Tottenham no one can stop’m #

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MONET Special Issue: Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures

May 5th, 2010

Finally, after a long arduous process, which started on the 16 of October 2008, my guest editorship of the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET) with a special issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures has finally come to press.

This whole experience has been an eye opener, having got through the chairmanship of TridentCom ’08 I thought the pressure was off, the conference was a success and all that had to be done was follow up the conference with a relevant journal, representing the highest quality research being carried out in the area of test beds and research infrastructures.
Things started off well in October 2008 with an invite to act as guest editor for the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET), and I called upon Frank Steuer, Jens Schumacher, and Thomas Magedanz to give me a helping hand which I must say I got immediate support from them.
We decided to host an open call for the Journal which was on track in December 2008 until a print backlog issue came up in regards to the Journal, which meant we had to push out our schedule by a couple of months. We then had to factor in that TridentCom ’09 was just around the corner and so we reset our deadlines to coinside with this upcoming conference at which point Shiwen Mao and Scott Midkiff joined the editorial team.
As the deadline approached, as editor I got an awful lot of requests from perspective authors, some funny, some not so funny with the normal one being “can I have an extension”. I was happy to help those that I could, although I recieved a couple of 10-15 line abstracts with requests to flesh out the rest of the paper for the author, which I just couldn’t support and a number of papers submitted to the incorrect special edition.
I found the reviews the toughest and the longest part of the process there were a large number of papers to go through and each needed a number of reviewers, I really could not have got through this without the help a number of TSSG colleagues.
Once the final reviews were complete it was time for my co-guest editors in Shiwen, Frank, Jens , Thomas , Raheem and Scott to rank and rate all the papers, their input and support was invaluable at this time, and we had to go through a hard decision process in regards to papers that made it in to the journal and those that just missed out.
I thought at that point we were nearly there but no, there was more tasks to come as the accepted authors needed to provide revisions or updates based on the review comments, and then the publication office of MONET required some slight modifications before being published.
The final item to be completed was the Editorial and once that was in place, it was a relatively smooth ride until publication day.
So there we go the Mobile Networks and Applications Journal (MONET) with a special issue on Advances In Wireless Test beds and Research Infrastructures is finally on the bookshelves, with 12 articles covering the evolution of experimentation facilities related to the improvements in wireless mesh networking, to an extensive spectrum occupancy measurement study, which provides the motivation for dynamic spectrum access (DSA) and everything in between I hope you find at least one of the articles of interest.
Article 1.
Trends, Advances, and Challenges in Testbed-based Wireless Mesh Network Research
Bastian Blywis, Mesut Guenes, Felix Juraschek and Jochen H. Schiller
Article 2.
A Testbed for Energy Profile Characterization of IP Services in Smartphones over Live Networks
Almudena Díaz Zayas and Pedro Merino Gómez
Article 3.
Integration of 3G Connectivity in PlanetLab Europe
Alessio Botta, Roberto Canonico, Giovanni Di Stasi, Antonio Pescapé, Giorgio Ventre and Serge Fdida
Article 4.
Service-oriented Access to Next Generation Networks—from Service Creation to Execution
Niklas Blum, Irina Boldea, Thomas Magedanz and Tiziana Margaria
Article 5.
Automated Troubleshooting of a UMTS-WLAN Test Platform
Ronan Skehill, Carlos Antonio de Ramos and Sean Mc Grath
Article 6.
Proposed Framework for Evaluating Quality of Experience in a Mobile, Testbed-oriented Living Lab Setting
Katrien De Moor, Istvan Ketyko, Wout Joseph, Tom Deryckere, Lieven De Marez, Luc Martens and Gino Verleye
Article 7.
A Kerberized Architecture for Fast Re-authentication in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks
Rafa Marin-Lopez, Fernando Pereñiguez-Garcia, Yoshihiro Ohba, Fernando Bernal-Hidalgo and Antonio F. Gomez
Article 8.
Service Oriented Testbed Infrastructures: a Cross-Layer Approach for NGNs
Niklas Blum, Thomas Magedanz, Florian Schreiner and Sebastian Wahle
Article 9.
Dynamic Rate and FEC Adaptation for Video Multicast in Multi-rate Wireless Networks
Özgü Alay, Thanasis Korakis, Yao Wang and Shivendra Panwar
Article 10.
Addressing Scalability in a Laboratory-Based Multihop Wireless Testbed
Brenton Walker, Jessica Seastrom, Ginnah Lee and Kun Lin
Article 11.
Utility Function Selection for Streaming Videos with a Cognitive Engine Testbed
Youping Zhao, Shiwen Mao, Jeffrey H. Reed and Yingsong Huang
Article 12.
Lessons Learned from an Extensive Spectrum Occupancy Measurement Campaign and a Stochastic Duty Cycle Model
Matthias Wellens and Petri Mähönen