Frédéric Dias

Maths researcher (Borelli) - World record for wireless internet communication at sea

Frédéric Dias is a member of the Borelli Centre and Professor at University College Dublin.

His research work is at the crossroads of mathematics, physics and civil engineering, combined in international research initiatives.

Awards and distinctions

2023: World record for the longest wireless internet communication at sea
On Saturday 27 May 2023, ENS Paris Saclay, in collaboration with University College Dublin, the Marine Institute, Eire Composite and the Inishmaan community, broke the record for the longest data transmission between a ship manoeuvring offshore and the Inishmaan Research Station (Ireland) as part of the SeaFi project, an essential link in the Highwave ERC and the Realtimesea ERC led by Professor Frédéric Dias.
This record, now set at 36.83 km, will be officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records.

2023: ERC Proof of Concept Grant for the interdisciplinary HIGHWAVE project
It has received €2.5 million in funding from the European Research Council for its marine energy research in 2019. The first few months of the project saw part of the experimental device for measuring waves at sea set up.
Since 2018, Frédéric Dias has been taking part in the HIGHWAVE project engineer Arnaud Disant's record for the longest wireless internet connection at sea. He had ensured the regularity of operations and calculated the distances between the lighthouse and the expedition at sea in real time. This record is officially entered in the Guinness Book of Records. Find out more here.

2016 : Émilia Valori Prize - French Academy of Sciences
This grand prize from the French Academy of Sciences is awarded to Frédéric Dias, whose research focuses on rogue waves.  His work on rogue waves was taken up in early 2014 in a publication by Met Éireann (Ireland's National Meteorological Institute), echoing the latest IPCC report on climate change.

2014: ERC Proof-of-Concept for the Multiwave project on rogue waves , using floating beacons developed jointly with TechWorks Marine.

2013: ANR Digital Prize for the Manureva project
The main aim of this project was to study the occurrence of extreme wave propagation phenomena in hydrodynamic and optical systems.