Research at Nimbus Centre

Nimbus Centre is a recognised international research centre in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT). Our core application areas include Energy Management, Water Systems, Smart Cities, Industry 4.0, People Behaviour Technologies and Assisted Living. Our mission is to develop technologies that address the real needs of industry, people and society.

Our team involves postdoctoral researchers, engineers and postgraduate students. We also work closely with other departments within Cork Institute of Technology and with academic and industry partners throughout Ireland, Europe and the US.

Informed learning is an important aspect of Nimbus Centre activity and we involve both undergraduate and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines in our projects.

Our Research Themes

Nimbus Centre research addresses the common challenges that underpin all CPS technology. Common challenges specific to CPS applications include management and interoperability of highly dense wireless networks, software-defined networking, context-aware systems, user interaction with CPS technology, and the physical embedding and reliability of CPS in real-world applications.

Nimbus Centre Remit

As a centre within an Institute of Technology, we have the challenging dual remit to carry out research that is high quality by academic metrics, and also has commercial outcomes for industry. To meet this dual remit, we have a dedicated TEC Gateway (TEC) whose staff focus on industry requirements and timelines. TEC acts as the technology transfer route for the outcomes of our academic projects. Through its daily interaction with companies, TEC also helps to inform our academic research to ensure that it remains relevant to industry needs.

Nimbus Centre Advisory Board

To ensure that our academic research continues to meet best international standards and remains relevant to industry, Nimbus Centre has an Advisory Board with members from national and European research institutes and companies. The Board meets annually for review and supports us in developing our strategy. We have a separate Industry Advisory Board who review our projects involving Irish companies.