On 6th January, 2016, Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, announced a new interdisciplinary Research Hub to drive forward United Kingdom’s research activities in the Internet of Things (IoT). Entitled the PETRAS IoT Hub, the consortium of nine leading UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.
Funding for the Hub includes a £9.8 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will be boosted by partner contributions to approximately £23 million in total.
The project is part of IoTUK, an integrated £40 million, three-year, Government programme that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.
The Hub is a consortium of nine leading universities led by UCL with Imperial College London, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, Lancaster University, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University. The Hub will draw in substantial support and leverage from over 47 partners from industry and the public sector.
The PETRAS IoT Hub will focus on five themes:
- Privacy and trust (Lead Universities: Warwick, Oxford)
- Safety and security (Lead Universities: Imperial, Lancaster)
- Harnessing economic value (Lead Universities: Imperial, Oxford)
- Standards, governance and policy (Lead University: UCL)
- Adoption and acceptability (Lead Universities: Warwick, Lancaster)
Each theme has both a technical and a social science lead. The multidisciplinary nature of the PETRAS IoT Hub’s work will enable research that aims to cause a step change in the way IoT systems are conceived, designed and implemented.
Across these themes, projects sharing core technologies will be linked in cross-cutting constellations:
- Infrastructure (Lead Universities: UCL, Cardiff, Warwick, Oxford)
- Health and care (Lead Universities: Imperial, Oxford)
- Control systems and supply chains (Lead Universities: Warwick, Lancaster, UCL)
- Ambient environments (Lead Universities: Lancaster, Surrey, Imperial, UCL, Edinburgh)
- Identification (Lead Universities: Warwick, Oxford)
- Transport and mobility (Lead Universities: Surrey, Lancaster, Imperial)
- Design and behaviour (Lead Universities: Warwick, UCL, Oxford)
More information on the recently established Petras IoT Hub can be found at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/iotresearchhub/.