This research area refers to the integration of computing into everyday objects to create systems which support concepts such as the Internet of Things, edge computing and the tactile internet.
This research area addresses the integration of computing into everyday objects to create systems which support concepts such as the Internet of Things (ioT), edge computing and the tactile internet.
It includes location awareness and context awareness in sensors and computing systems, sentient computing and fundamental research into smart devices.
It also includes any new, emerging or other research whose fundamentals have mobility as a unique aspect of that research or its application, and relate to challenges unique to pervasive and ubiquitous computing.
To address opportunities associated with drivers such as global demand for the IoT, connected cities and digital health, we aim to support diverse research that includes application-driven work addressing challenges associated with real-world deployments of pervasive and ubiquitous technologies which benefit people in a range of domains.
We aim to support more cross-cutting research addressing three interlinked challenges:
- the development of new pervasive and ubiquitous technologies
- the development of reliable, interoperable, efficient and scalable systems
- the emergent systems that large-scale deployments can create.
This research area’s current portfolio involves a significant amount of work concerned with cybersecurity in pervasive and ubiquitous systems. Consideration of security, however, should not be limited to isolated grants and, in line with EPSRC’s Safe and secure information and communication technologies (ICT) cross-ICT priority, we want to support a portfolio where these challenges are considered and addressed throughout.
We aim to support a portfolio of increasingly large, cross-disciplinary proposals involving hardware and software researchers. We’d like to see integration of fundamental developments from across the ICT and wider EPSRC portfolio, for example human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence technologies, fundamental computer science, data science and networks. Researchers should consider how they can reflect the aims of EPSRC’s Cross-disciplinarity and co-creation cross-ICT priority.
To maximise impact and develop responsible technologies, researchers should make real-world validation a key part of the research process and collaborate with industrial users. In line with EPSRC’s People at the heart of ICT cross-ICT priority, they must also consider and involve a diverse range of non-academic users throughout the research process.
Current provision of research training in this area is not expected to match demand. We will monitor this to ensure it meets academic and industrial needs.
Read more about EPSRC’s cross-ICT policies in the ICT theme.