IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference 2014

Welcome to the ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014

On behalf of the ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014 Organising Committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all participants of the IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference 2014 and the 2014 China-Ireland International Conference on Information and Communications Technologies. The conference is organised by the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, University of Limerick. We are delighted that this year, the 2014 China-Ireland International Conference in Information and Communications Technologies has joined forces with us, and hope that this will be the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two forums.

The ISSC is currently the premier annual research forum in Ireland addressing all aspects of signals and systems, focusing on digital signal processing, control and communications. Over the last 25 years, the ISSC has brought together knowledgeable researchers, scientists and engineers, both academic and industrial, from all over Ireland and other parts of the world, to explore developments and advances in above fields. It has also contributed to the career development of many Irish researchers during a period of significant growth in related research activity. As agreed in the last Steering Committee meeting, the ISSC will continue to support this expanding research and offer a forum where postgraduate students in particular can find a supportive and interested audience. The ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014 Organising Committee have been diligently working to maintain this tradition and assembled a high standard technical programme. The China-Ireland dimension of the conference will no doubt add to the standing and prestige of the event.

The conference this year promises to be an exciting one with a strong technical programme. In total, we received 98 papers from almost every third level institution in Ireland, as well as a significant number from researchers from outside of Ireland, particularly from China. Following peer review of each paper by two members of the Scientific Programme Committee, 74 papers have been selected for inclusion in the ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014 proceedings. The conference programme will feature 40 oral presentations and 34 poster presentations, accompanied by keynote addresses from world acclaimed speakers from academia and industry.

One of the highlights of the conference will be the plenary talks by Sir John O'Reilly FREng (Director General Knowledge & Innovation, UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills); Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma'a (Director of BEST Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK); Professor Yu Hu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China); and Professor Qun Liu (DCU/Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China). I would like to thank our plenary speakers for accepting our invitation to present at ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014.

We are particularly delighted with the high level of industry participation in this year's conference in terms of number of submissions, presence and support. Our technical programme includes a special Industry Plenary Session/Panel featuring three speakers: Dr David Moloney - Senior Vice President, Movidius Ltd, Ireland; Mr Brendan Farley - Senior Director, Xilinx Inc.; and Mr Pat O'Connor - Director of Engineering, Microsoft Corporation, who will provide flavours of some recent Irish and international industry-based research.

A special thanks to all our sponsors: The IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), University of Limerick, Movidius, The China-Ireland Research Consortium, The Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI), Powervation , MIDAS Ireland, ON Semiconductor, Xilinx and Rohde & Schwarz. Our gratitude also goes to the International Strategic Collaboration Programme: ISCP China and the SFI for their support towards the facilitation of CIICT 2014 side of the conference.

Sincere thanks to all Scientific Programme Committee members for their thorough reviews of submitted papers, and the valuable feedback to corresponding authors. To the authors, particularly the many students who submitted work, we would like to say thank you and well done on meeting the high submission standards. Particular gratitude also to all of the members of the local Organising Committee who have worked tirelessly over many months on the organisation of the conference.

I hope that you find the conference interesting and stimulating, as well as an enjoyable social gathering in Limerick, and wish you every success in your participation in ISSC 2014/CIICT 2014.

Hussain Mahdi,
Conference General Chair