Brendan O’Flynn

Brendan O'Flynn

Brendan O’Flynn received his BEng from UCC and carried out his postgraduate research at the National Microelectronics Research Centre (now the Tyndall National Institute) in Cork.

He spun out the startup company Inpact Microelectronics in the late nineties before returning to Tyndall National Institute to continue his research career in 2004. Brendan is now driving a research team in Tyndall focusing on basic and applied research activities in the development of smart sensing systems (Wireless Sensor Networks). He is a funded investigator at CONNECT investigating the Internet-of-Things.

Brendan has been defining and leading research activities of the Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) Group at Tyndall and is WSN Head of Group. His research focus is the development of next generation embedded smart systems in industry-funded, nationally-funded and European projects. Brendan has supervised to completion numerous postgraduates, Masters and PhD students and has published extensively (over 200 publications with more than 1,000 citations).

Brendan’s activities have achieved a balance between academic research excellence (journals and conferences) and the delivery of high impact commercial outputs in the form of technology and people-transfer to Irish industry, enabling sustainability and growth in Irish start-ups, SMEs and multinationals. Since 2009, Brendan’s team has consistently licensed IP to industry in Ireland, USA and China.

Brendan is particularly interested in applications in the following specific areas:

Wearable Systems for Fitness and Health Monitoring:
• Accurate Sport Performance Monitoring Through Wearable Technologies
• Wearable Wireless Sensing Network for Remote Patients Monitoring and Alerting
• Non Invasive Biomechanical Monitoring System for Sport and Healthcare

SAFE – Secure – Agriculture – Food – Environment:
• Smart Sensing systems for plant monitoring in real time – the Internet of Plants
• Smart Systems for understanding animal behaviour and interactions – the Internet of Animals
• Near Earth and Local WSN Observation systems for monitoring environmental health – the Internet of the Environment
• A Cost Effective Solution for Remote Monitoring of Pollution Parameters using Autonomous Wireless Networks

Indoor Location Aware Systems:
• Precision location aware systems in infrastructure less environments

Smart Radio Systems for the Internet of things:
• Design of antennas for wearable wireless sensor devices integrated in clothing
• Development of printed antennas using ultra-low-cost roll-to-roll compatible materials and processes
• Design of Terahertz antennas for biomedical analysis
• Development of new wireless localization methods for biomedical devices
• Design of miniaturized, reconfigurable antennas using Tyndall’s MEMs RF switch technology
• Development of antennas capable of vibration energy harvesting