The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology

Addressing global challenges

With more of our information held digitally, communicated wirelessly and connected across multiple devices, significant new challenges are emerging:

How can we detect and prevent information theft, fraud and attacks?

Answering important questions

How can digital devices communicate at even higher data rates, with lower latency and in a way that is secure?

And as we collect more and more digital data, how do we deal with the challenges of collecting, storing, and analysing this torrent of information?


These are the challenges being tackled by the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), under the leadership of Professor John McCanny.

ECIT, launched in 2004, is the anchor tenant at the Northern Ireland Science Park.

Working closely with business

This unique research and innovation campus is home to almost 200 people, including academics, students, engineers and business development staff.

They work closely with world-leading companies and entrepreneurs, taking a business focussed and entrepreneurial approach to research.

research centres

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is the UK’s largest academic research centre in cyber security and one of the largest in Europe.

All its research is carried out under the theme of “Securing our Digital Tomorrow”. The Centre was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 for its world class research, innovation and economic impact.

A global innovation hub

From the outset, CSIT has had two main aims.

The first has been to undertake research of the highest international quality in the field of cyber security, a major societal challenge. The second has been to establish CSIT as a Global Innovation Hub consistent with its role as the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre in this area.

The Centre for Wireless Innovation

This new centre will be an engine driving the future of wireless enabled connectivity.

It has been formed by bringing together the existing High Frequency Electronics and Wireless Communication Systems clusters at ECIT.

A European pioneer

This gives Queen's the largest research base in physical layer wireless within the UK and one of the strongest in Europe.

60 people including over 16 academics carry out research under the theme of “Redefining wireless communication and sensing systems for the 21st Century”.


The overarching mission of this Centre is to investigate, explore, and advance the foundations that address the challenges relevant to the Big Data phenomenon.

This includes the collection, storage, processing, querying, extraction, integration, and analysis of data in heterogeneous forms from billions of sources.

Driven by global needs

The Centre’s research will be driven by global challenges.

It is underpinned by research in disruptive system technologies for scalable and ubiquitous data management and analytics.