The University of Southampton

Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security

Cyber Security at Southampton focuses on the security of the cyber space from all digital and human threats whether malicious or not.  Our aim: security, protection and privacy. The Centre of Excellence status was awarded by GCHQ as part of the Government's national cyber security strategy. The team is led by Professor Vladimiro Sassone from the Web and Internet Science group in ECS, and  draws expertise from across the University, including Mathematics, Law, Management and Psychology.

Centre for Machine Intelligence

The Centre for Machine Intelligence (CMI) is a platform involving researchers and practitioners with the aim to deliver the impact of machine intelligence to society. CMI brings together research from across the department and the university in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Autonomous Systems.

Energy Harvesting Network

Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and managed by researchers in ECS, the Energy Harvesting Network brings together UK academic and industrial researchers and end-users of energy harvesting (EH) technology. The Network defines new research challenges and stimulates collaborative research proposals. It also ensures more effective dissemination on the current and future capabilities of energy harvesting technologies to all potential users in both industry and academia.


ECS has played a leading role in the worldwide drive towards Open Access to academic research. This movement was instigated in the early 1990s by ECS Professor Stevan Harnad. ECS was the first academic institution in the world to adopt a self-archiving mandate (2001) and since then all its published research has been freely available on the Web. It created the first and most widely used archiving software (EPrints) which is used worldwide by leading archives and continues to be evolved and supported from ECS.

Institute for Complex Systems Simulation

ECS is part of the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation, which includes a doctoral training centre for Complexity Science, funded by the University of Southampton and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The Institute is directed by Professor Seth Bullock of ECS to bring together world-class simulation modelling research activities from across the University of Southampton and to host Southampton's Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Complex Systems Simulation.

The IT Innovation Centre

The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre advancing a wide range of information technologies and their deployment in industry and commerce. IT Innovation is part of ECS-Electronics and Computer Science, and is based at the University of Southampton Science Park. IT Innovation researches, develops, architects, engineers and integrates innovative IT systems. Applying new technologies from the research community to problems in industry and commerce, we deliver research reports, white papers, proofs-of-concept, demonstrators and novel operational systems.


MailScanner, the highly-respected open source e-mail security system, was developed in ECS by Julian Field, the ECS Postmaster. With more users than AOL and Hotmail combined, MailScanner processes 500 million e-mail messages every day, removing 2 million viruses and identifying 75 million spam messages. It protects 20,000 sites worldwide, including top government departments, commercial corporations and educational institutions. ECS also supports ZendTo, a safe, secure and completely free way to transfer large files around the world, also designed and developed by Julian Field.


The Orchid Programme is led by Professor Nick Jennings of ECS. A £10M project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and industrial funders, ORCHID aims to develop true partnerships between people and computers. At a time when humans are becoming increasingly dependent on computers, the Orchid Project brings together over 60 researchers from a range of disciplines at the Universities of Southampton, Oxford and Nottingham, together with industrial partners at BAE Systems, PRI Ltd and the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). The five-year programme will tackle the challenge of understanding, designing, building, and deploying systems that are composed of human-agent collectives.

Pervasive Systems Centre

Computing devices are becoming smaller and more numerous, interacting through a variety of communications technologies, and interconnected to the global infrastructure of the Internet and Web. Designing and building these systems demands multidisciplinary skills and systems perspective. We draw on expertise from across ECS in developing enabling hardware and software technologies, from sensing, processing and communications to system on chip and computer science theory and practice. Research in PSC is focused on three research themes: Wireless Sensing and Sensor Networks, Low-energy Sustainable Systems, and Pervasive Healthcare. The PSC is the home of the ARM-ECS research centre.

Southampton Nanofabrication Centre

The Southampton Nanofabrication Centre is a multidisciplinary, open access, state-of-the-art facility for microfabrication and high-spec nanofabrication, as well as a wide range of characterisation capabilities, based in the Mountbatten Building. One of the premiere cleanroom complexes in Europe, the Centre has a uniquely broad range of technologies, combining traditional and novel top-down fabrication with state-of-the-art bottom-up fabrication. The facility is run by the Nano Research Group in ECS.


Synote is an open source Web application which transforms learning for all students, including those with disabilities. Synote makes multimedia resources such as video and audio easier to access, search, manage, and exploit. Learners, teachers and other users can create notes, bookmarks, tags, links, images and text captions synchronised to any part of a recording, such as a lecture. Synote is developed by Dr Mike Wald.

Web Science Doctoral Training Centre

The Web Science DTC provides four-year doctoral research training in Web Science, and aims to attract the brightest lawyers, economists, social scientists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists to participate in Web Science programmes and to provide leadership in the future of the digital society. Fully funded studentships are provided for a four-year Web Science doctoral training course; other courses (MSc and PhDs in Web Science and Web Technology) are also available. The Web Science DTC is funded by the RCUK Digital Economy Programme.

Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust was established by leading researchers around the world, led by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Nigel Shadbolt, Professor James Hendler, and Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in order to understand the Web, engineer its future, and ensure its social benefit. The Trust is based in ECS, and manages WSTNet, the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories.

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