University of Oxford signs collaboration agreement with the Digital Catapult

By | April 2, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the University of Oxford has signed an agreement to collaborate with the Digital Catapult.

As part of the agreement we will work with the Digital Catapult to collaborate on joint projects and activities in the following focus areas:

  • The Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Trust, privacy, & cybersecurity, in particular around personal data;
  • Data-driven economics and business models;
  • Societal aspects of the digital economy.

The collaborative work will be co-ordinated at Oxford by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and its Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC). Commenting, Bill Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies at OII said:

“This partnership with the Digital Catapult builds on years of academic collaboration with business and industry. Researchers at Oxford look forward to working with the catapult to ensure that industry-led initiatives to build our digital economy will benefit from the expertise based at universities across the UK.”

Dr Maurizio Pilu, Partnerships Director at the Catapult, said:

“The Connected Digital Economy Catapult is very pleased to enter this exciting collaboration with one of the best universities in the world. The breadth and depth of the digital economy requires multi-disciplinary thinking and cooperation and we hope that this agreement with the Oxford Internet Institute, and with the university as a whole will help bring potential new value to the sector.”

Initially the collaboration will focus on the security aspects of a project designed to support data sharing within industry, the Catapult’s Trusted Data Accelerator feasibility project, and will further be focussed on projects to develop approaches to big data analytics that will guard privacy and data protection in the use of:

  • Personal and citizen data
  • City data
  • Health data

In addition, the collaboration will explore opportunities for further work with industry in the areas where Oxford expertise will be of value, including bids to UK & Horizon 2020 funding.

As part of the collaboration, the University has established the Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC) and is working with the Digital Catapult to explore opportunities for secondment and placement of undergraduates, PhD students, and of staff both from the University and the Catapult.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Digital Catapult, finding out how it might be able to help you or your group, or opportunities for secondment, please contact Bill Imlah, Internet Research and Collaboration Officer: