About Nimbus Centre
Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology was established in 2007, funded by the fourth round of the HEA Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI-4). However, the research activity that lead to Nimbus Centre started in 2000 and had already built to a group of 45 researchers by 2007.
Our research focuses on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. CPS are most widely known for their application in the IoT, connecting things in the physical world to the Internet. This allows sensing, monitoring and control of the physical world using the global infrastructure of the Internet and it is one of the fastest growing areas for CPS. However, CPS embrace wider applications, particularly in critical areas such as energy, industry, the built environment and water systems where secure, high performance, high reliability monitoring and control are mission-critical.
We take a whole-system approach to CPS and IoT research, focusing on how to best integrate hardware, software, networking, communication and control to develop application-specific, whole-system solutions. This philosophy informs how we approach our research but, importantly, it also allows us to support innovation by delivering complete system solutions for industry partners. The TEC Gateway (TEC), funded by Enterprise Ireland, is a self-contained unit within Nimbus Centre that works exclusively on industry projects. TEC also acts as a conduit for commercialisation of our own research outputs.
Nimbus Centre is entirely self-funded through income earned from national (e.g. Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland) and EU (e.g. Horizon 2020, Interreg) research programmes and from industry partners.