Network of Excellence in Internet Science

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is one of the most prestigious in the United Kingdom. The University is truly international, drawing students from over 100 different countries and ben-efiting from a wide and varied culture. The University is ranked in the top ten of research led Universities in the UK receiving £84M in research grants and contracts in 2007/8. This includes over £39M from the UK Research Councils and almost £8.5M from the European Commission with the School of Electronics and Computer Sciences receiving almost £11.5M in research income in 2007/8 and the total value of its research portfolio being over £34 million. Within the UK the University is the second most successful organization in terms of EC contribution for FP7 ICT projects. The Academic Unit of Electronics and Computer Science ( has a distinctive reputation for its research, education, and enterprise in Computer Science, Electronics, and Electrical Engineering. The largest School of its kind in the UK, ECS is internationally regarded for its world-leading and transformative research, and for its ability to define and de-velop new research directions. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, ECS was ranked joint second in the UK for Computer Science (for quality of research) and Electronics and Electrical Engineering was ranked second in the ‘medals’ table (for high-calibre staff). The school has a leading role in developments in the areas of Web Science and Linked Data including a Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and the recently established Web and Internet Science research group. The IT Innovation Centre is the applied research centre of the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. Our mission is to help industry, commerce and the public sector gain maximum benefit from advances in digital technology. We have over 10 years of experience in cross-domain management of aggregated and federated infrastructures deployed as enablers in applications requiring system-to-system interworking using service-based interfaces. We successfully managed an open source programme of research (contributions from 15 collaborative projects) in trusted services from 2001 – 2009 that demonstrates our philosophy and the impact achieved. From 2008, we have focused on a programme of Future Internet research that addresses the challenges in federated and aggregated systems (services, networks, content, real-world things and security) bringing together research programmes in trusted systems, content-centric infrastructures and sensor networks. We are represented on the NESSI steering committee, the UK Future Internet Strategy Group, a steering committee member of the NEM ETP and caretaker for socio-economics in the Future Internet Assembly.

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