IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference 2008

Welcome » Fearghal Morgan, Conference Chair

On behalf of the ISSC 2008 Organising Committee, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all participants to the IET Irish Signals and Systems Conference 2008. This year's conference is organised by the Department of Electronic Engineering, NUI, Galway.

Over the past 16 years, ISSC has become established as a premier conference in Ireland for the presentation of original research, both basic and applied, and the exchange of ideas in the broad areas of Signal Processing, Control, and Communications. ISSC encompasses algorithm and system modelling, design, and implementation, for a broad range of applications. ISSC has contributed to the development of the careers of many Irish researchers during a period of significant growth in related research activity. ISSC continues to support this expanding research while, we hope, continuing to offer a forum where postgraduate students in particular can find a supportive and interested audience for what may be their first serious technical presentation.

Paper Submission & Industry Participation

This year's ISSC promises to be a very exciting conference. 85 full paper submissions were received by the Technical Programme Committee in March 2008. Papers were received from almost every third level institution in Ireland, as well as a significant number from researchers working outside of Ireland (many in collaboration with Irish institutions). Following peer review of each paper by three independent Programme Committee members, 63 papers have been selected for publication in the ISSC 2008 proceedings. The conference programme includes 32 oral presentations and 31 poster presentations.

I am particularly pleased at the high level of industry participation in ISSC 2008, and Industry support of the conference. Many of the papers present results of collaborative, industry-supported research. This year, a special Invited Industry Session provides a focus and valuable platform for presentation of Irish industry-based research.

Plenary Speakers

One of the highlights of the conference will be the plenary lectures, given by Prof. Jürgen Becker (Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Information Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Dr William J O'Connor (UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering) and Prof. Dejan B. Popovic (Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark). I am pleased to welcome our plenary speakers and to thank them for accepting our invitation to present at ISSC 2008.


A special thanks to the conference sponsors. The support of The IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology), NUI Galway, MIDAS Ireland, The National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science at NUI Galway, Intel, Cypress Semiconductor, Analog Devices, Xilinx, IMEX, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and Starlight Solutions has helped greatly towards making ISSC 2008 a success.

My gratitude to all Programme Committee members for performing thorough reviews of submitted papers, and for providing valuable and much appreciated feedback to researchers who submitted papers to ISSC 2008. Particular gratitude also to all of the members of the Local Organising Committee who have worked over many months on the organisation of the conference. I thank the NUI Galway Conference Office staff for their support and invaluable advice to the Local Organising Team throughout. Thanks also to The IET for managing and producing the conference proceedings and supporting our work.

One of the goals of the ISSC 2008 Local Organising Committee has been to develop a centralised and integrated ISSC conference website ( as a focus for a well established and important ISSC conference, with strong academic and industry participation.

In addition to the high quality technical content which ISSC provides through the plenary, oral and poster presentations, ISSC also provides an informal and enjoyable social forum where researchers, academics and industry can meet colleagues within the Irish Signals and Systems research community, and develop new relationships. The conference also provides an opportunity for industry and soon-to-be high quality research graduates to meet.

I hope that you find the conference interesting and stimulating, as well as an enjoyable social gathering in Galway. I wish you every success in your participation in ISSC 2008.

Fearghal Morgan,
Conference Chair