The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has helped to launch a multi-million euro collaboration between Imperial College London (ICL), UK, and the University of Cyprus this week.
The EU-funded teaming project, KIOS, brings together the two universities to make critical infrastructure more efficient, resilient and economical.
The KIOS Centre of Excellence, directed by the University of Cyprus’ Professor Marios Polycarpou in partnership with Professor Thomas Parisini of ICL’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, will focus on major societal challenges to critical infrastructure like cybersecurity and smart control systems. They will improve the way critical infrastructure is monitored, increasing automation and efficiency, while heightening security.
Speaking at the launch event, vice-provost Professor Nick Jennings said: “This teaming partnership is the first of its kind for Imperial. It shows Imperial at its best: working with partners to tackle major societal challenges like cybersecurity and smart control systems – while contributing to economic growth.
“The University of Cyprus and Imperial are natural collaborators. We will build this cluster into a critical mass of knowledge, innovation and application. Our ambitions are high – but also achievable. We want to create the leading research centre for the monitoring, control and security of critical infrastructure in the region … There is a sense of excitement in both universities about how much more we can do together.”
Anastasiades added: “A university leads by developing productive knowledge that induces growth, economic development and jobs, The KIOS Centre Teaming Project is an important boost in this effort.”