Inaugural Lecture: Professor Dirk Pesch

Lecture Title: The Internet of Things and Sustainability (30 Sept 2021, 5pm, online at this link:

Prof. Dirk Pesch, School of Computer Science and Information Technology

Lecture Summary:

Over the last decade, we have started to extend the Internet from connecting computers to access information and to communicate with each other to connecting “Things” around us. These Things can be anything from our homes and the appliances therein, our buildings and cities, to our cars, to things in our environment and even our bodies. The “Internet of Things” connects the Internet through wireless communication, sensors and actuators to our physical world. This gives us unprecedented data on our environment to gain insights into how our world works but also the ability to control our environment. Connecting to the physical world offers the opportunity to become more sustainable but the current trend also threatens sustainability. This lecture will give examples of the potential of the Internet of Things for sustainability but will also highlight challenges and some solutions to making the Internet of Things more sustainable itself.

About Professor Pesch:

Dirk Pesch joined the School of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) as Professor of Computer Science (Internet of Things) in February 2019. Prior to joining University College Cork, Dirk was with Cork Institute of Technology (now Munster Technological University Cork), where he developed research activities that led to the establishment of the Nimbus Research Centre of which he became the founding director in 2009. Under his leadership, Nimbus became a leading centre for application and industry-focused research in Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems applications. In December 2016, CIT designated him as a Professor. Dirk holds a Dipl.Ing (MEng) degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, both in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Prof. Pesch’s research focuses on the design and analysis of future networked systems for the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems with applications in smart and connected communities and smart manufacturing. He is the Director of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies ( and a co-Principal Investigator in the SFI CONFIRM Centre for Smart Manufacturing ( and the SFI CONNECT Centre for Future Networks ( Dirk is also a steering committee member of the Cork Smart Gateway (, a smart communities initiative in Cork City and County. Before joining academia, Dirk was a design engineer with Nokia in Germany and the UK, developing and implementing communication protocols for a range of cordless telecommunication systems.

More about Professor Pesch and his research can be found at: 

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