About the Centre

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PROTECT develops solutions and tools for the enrichment and security protection of critical information infrastructure systems.

The research PROTECT conducts requires cross-subject collaboration and focuses on a number of key areas, including: the security to safeguard systems against cyber-attacks, networking to support the systems’ distributed operations, game techniques to advance their user interaction and visualisation, as well as software engineering and artificial intelligence to build autonomic capability into the systems for intelligent operations. These key areas are supported by PROTECT’s five research groups:

  • Networking and Distributed Systems Research Group 
  •  Applied Computing Research Group
  •  Computer Games Research Group
  •  Network and Information Security Technology Research Group
  •  e-Healthcare Research Group

In the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014), 80% of PROTECT’s research was rated as high-impact and 94% of the research as internationally excellent or recognised. In the future, PROTECT will continue to research and develop practical solutions to facilitate the configuration and interoperation of critical information infrastructure systems in an adaptive, autonomous, secure and visual manner. PROTECT will also continue to establish itself as a leading centre for developing and applying trustworthy computer technologies that society have become increasingly reliant upon.

Research impact

Since its creation in 2011, PROTECT has produced a wealth of outstanding research. In addition to generating over 200 publications during the Research Excellence Framework 2014 period, PROTECT has also had great success within its practical research.

For example, PROTECT’s work into system-of-systems security resulted in ANIKETOS – a large EU FP7 project looking into secure and trustworthy composite services.

ANIKETOS involved 17 partners in 10 EU countries and resulted in a total grant of €9.6 million. Thanks to the work the researchers carried out, a suite of open source software tools for composing secure internet services were created. These tools have a wide range of applications with both economic and social impacts. For example, they can enable companies to compose internet services according to their needs securely, quickly and economically.

Recently, the Centre received funding from H2020. This project, named Wi-5, had a funding total of €2.1 million. Researchers working on Wi-5 are currently developing integrated and coordinated smart solutions to optimise connectivity for new and emerging Wi-Fi services. Due to be completed in 2018, this project will have a significant impact on wide and efficient access to Wi-Fi services that the general public and businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on.

Within the computer games technology area, PROTECT has also worked on the Homura projects, which are supported by BBC R&D. As part of this work, researchers from PROTECT looked at the development of cross-platform, cross-browser and hardware-accelerated 3D games. The project produced open source software tools used to create 3D game applications that can be used within entertainment or children’s education.