Research at Nimbus Centre

Nimbus Centre is a recognised international research centre in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things, particularly in the areas of Energy, Water, Smart Cities & Communities, 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 who work together to ensure a flow from research to innovation and commercialisation. We work closely with other research groups within Cork Institute of Technology and with academic and industry partners throughout Ireland, Europe and the US.

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

Research Themes

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

More specific CPS applications include Energy Management, Water Networks, the Built Environment, Smart Cities and Communities and CPS for Manufacturing.

Research Remit

As a research centre within an Institute of Technology, we have the challenging dual remit to carry out research that is high quality by conventional academic metrics but which is also benchmarked for its outcomes for industry in terms of innovation, technology transfer and commercialisation. To meet this dual remit, we have a dedicated Gateway – “TEC”- for industry research and innovation whose staff focus on industry requirements and timelines. TEC acts as the technology transfer route for the outcomes of our academic research. Through its daily interaction with companies and understanding of emerging industry needs, TEC also helps to inform our academic research to ensure that it remains relevant to regional and national needs.

Research 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.