Oxford in new Internet of Things Research Hub

symbolic image representing an IoT hub

Oxford is one of a consortium of nine UK universities involved in the newly announced £23 million Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub. 

Oxford’s participation in the consortium is led by the e-Research Centre and Oxford Internet Institute, and also involves the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Engineering Science and the Saïd Business School, with further collaborations planned.

The project will run over a three-year period and explore issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security (known as PETRAS).

The project is part of IoTUK, an integrated £40 million initiative between Government, industry, the research community and the public sector to help advance UK global leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) and increase adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services by businesses and the public sector in the UK, benefiting citizens. The Hub will draw in substantial support from over 47 partners from industry and the public sector.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, said, ‘In the not too distant future almost all of our daily lives will be connected, in one way or another, to the digital world. Physical objects and devices will be able to interact with each other, ourselves, and the wider virtual world. But, before this can happen, there must be trust and confidence in how the Internet of Things works, its security and its resilience. By harnessing our world-leading research excellence this PETRAS research Hub will accelerate IoT technology innovation and bring benefit to society and business.’


This article originally appeared on the website of the Mathematics Physics and Life Sciences Division of the University of Oxford.