The University of Southampton

The IT Innovation Centre

The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre specialising in the advancement of innovative information technologies and their deployment in industry and commerce. It works at the forefront of emerging technology, taking cutting-edge research and using it in innovative ways to help solve the big societal challenges that we face in the world today.

The IT Innovation Centre is a hub for research activity

The Centre aims to make an impact in the world of IT based systems by implementing innovations that pull through advanced thinking and technologies into solutions for partners in industry and commerce. Teams work on secure systems, risk management, cyber security, crisis management, decision support, big data, information discovery, internet of things, social media analysis and social behaviour in complex human machine networks.

This range of expertise is applied across industry sectors as diverse as health, media, e-government, oil and gas exploration, marine systems, education, transport and security.

Examples of projects include:

  • Intel-Analysis DSTL – Human-machine teaming for intelligence analysis
  • SEDNA – Big Data research for safer shipping in extreme Arctic conditions
  • CrowdHEALTH – Decision Support for public health authorities for policy creation and co-creation
  • FLAME – Facility for large-scale adaptive media experimentation
  • Fed4FIRE+ – Federation for FIRE Plus
  • HUB4NGI – A collaborative platform to unlock the value of next generation internet experimentation
  • Transforming Transport – Harnessing the value of Big Data to make transport safer and more reliable
  • RestAssured – Secure data processing in the cloud

As an applied research centre The Centre’s best work is in collaboration with others. They add value through their understanding of the research space and how it can be applied to the kind of real-world problems and challenges their partners bring and can:

  • work in collaborative partnerships
  • offer consultancy
  • undertake contract research and development

Alongside these, the IT Innovation Centre is actively involved in broader discussion with industry and public institutions about the future of digital technology and its business and societal contexts, through strategic initiatives and expert groups, such as:

  • Big Data Value Association (BDVA)
  • Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI)
  • New European Media Initiative (NEM)
  • Next Generation Internet (NGI)

Contact us

IT Innovation Centre                                       
Gamma House
Enterprise Road
SO16 7NS


Tel: +44 23 8059 8866