Sheffield to enhance collaboration on Internet of Things

The institution has won a bid to fund a new project alongside the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle

The University of Sheffield has won a bid which will fund a new project – in collaboration with the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle – to drive forward collaboration concerned with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Some estimate that we will have 50 billion connected elements online in the next decade. The IoT supports a host of smart applications, ranging from industrial process control through enhanced management of dementia. It is critical to industrial, societal and economic development in the UK.

Sheffield, the lead university of the successful bid, has been awarded £4.9m million by Research England’s Connecting Capability fund (CCF) to fund the ‘Promoting the Internet of Things via Collaborations between HEIs & Industry’ (Pitch-In) project. 

It’s claimed the Pitch-In collaboration will benefit the UK as a whole via wide-scale collaboration between academic institutions, and the public and private sectors. The project will investigate the barriers to successful IoT take-up, trial solutions, and capture and share good practice learning outcomes. 

The collaborative project will also disseminate guidance regionally, nationally and globally. It will also support the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy by enhancing the commercialisation and wider exploitation prospects of UK IoT research and technology. 

“These projects demonstrate the commitment of universities to work together to strengthen the R&D and technological capabilities of the UK.”

Professor John Clark, from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, said: “The Internet of Things underpins much of the current drive to increased industrial automation and enhanced services, and is set to have major impact on most of our lives.

“The Research England Pitch-In collaboration between Sheffield, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge will enhance the universities’ ability to work with each other and with their regions to promote adoption of the Internet of Things, particularly in manufacturing, health, smart cities and energy. Our inclusion of management and social sciences experts also allows us to take a more holistic approach to facilitating IoT collaborations.”

David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England said: “These projects demonstrate the commitment of universities to work together to strengthen the R&D and technological capabilities of the UK, building upon our successful Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF). In the Industrial Strategy, the Government asked us to improve our ability to turn exciting ideas into commercial products and services. Universities have stepped forward in these projects to show that they can do world class commercialisation, alongside world class science.”

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