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Secure Connected Intelligence – AI and the Data Revolution

Researchers at Queen’s are on a mission to make the changing global digital space both safer and faster. Our world leading teams in cyberspace resilience and networks and connectivity are breaking new ground in the digital sphere, as our teams in geographical information science are doing in the physical.

Novel computer systems and changing computing paradigms require agile and cutting age research which can be translated quickly and effectively into real world practice. Using data fusing enabling technologies will assist in socio economic development, but will also act as a positive driver for the health of populations in the future, and for their safety and security.

Working within and across disciplines, we are excited by the prospect of understanding and pursuing digital breakthroughs which can act as a catalyst for new and creative cultural practices.

Impact Case Studies

Acceleration of Big Data Applications - Analytics Engines

A Transformative and Sustainable Economy, Secure Connected Intelligence – AI and the Data Revolution

Research into software for accelerating signal and data processing solutions has resulted in the development of state-of the-art data analytics software that leverages connected technology to deliver better insights and outcomes for users.

This technological breakthrough led to the creation of Analytics Engines, a spinout from Queen’s University which specialises in data integration, machine learning, AI, in-depth analytics and visualisations.

The bespoke software solutions can be applied across a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, trade, finance and digital infrastructure.

Reassembled, Slightly Askew - A Unique Immersive Theatrical Experience

Healthy Living for All, Inclusive and Cohesive Communities, Secure Connected Intelligence – AI and the Data Revolution

Reassembled, Slightly Askew (RSA) is an immersive audio-based artwork that transports you inside the head of artist Shannon Yee as she descends into coma from a rare brain infection and her re-emergence into the world with an acquired brain injury.

The work was created by a multidisciplinary team including Queen’s University’s Professor Paul Stapleton as composer/ Sound designer.

The impact of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

A Transformative and Sustainable Economy, Secure Connected Intelligence – AI and the Data Revolution

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) is a national cybersecurity research institute based at Queen’s emphasising research excellence combined with a unique model for, and focus on, commercialisation and innovation.

CSIT plays a key role in Northern Ireland’s cybersecurity ecosystem through the development of incubator programmes, start-ups and attracting foreign direct investment which had led to the creation of approximately 1600 jobs in this sector.

Wireless Communication Systems that can withstand Natural Disasters and Save Lives

Secure Connected Intelligence – AI and the Data Revolution

Researchers at Queen’s have designed and implemented a resilient and agile wireless communications system that provides seamless connectivity to relief authorities when telecoms infrastructure is significantly impaired.

The integrated heterogeneous wireless system (IHWS) can overcome communication failures resulting from telecommunications networks that are severely damaged by natural disasters.

Research Topics
  • Networks and connectivity
  • Cyberspace resilience
  • Novel computer systems and computing paradigms
  • Data-fusing technologies
  • Enabling technologies and creative cultural practice

Driving Innovation in Digital Technologies through the Belfast Region City Deal

The Global Innovation Institute (GII) is an innovation centre in digital technologies, applying cyber security, wireless connectivity, artificial intelligence, machine learning and scalable computing approaches to address local, national, and global challenges, both societal and economic. Its primary sectoral focus areas will be in health sciences and agri-food, and expertise across these domains will enable GII to adopt a “Digital One Health” approach – from soil to society – harnessing the secure, connected intelligence.


Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT)

Linking researchers from a wide variety of electronic and communications disciplines on such a scale that rapid and successful addressing of major societal challenges is possible. It comprises the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) - a leading centre in Europe for cyber security research/innovation, the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) – which invents the underpinning technologies for mobile, medical and space applications and the Centre for Data Science and Scalable Computing (DSSC) - which conducts research into core machine learning and data science for heterogeneous data sources.

Our Centre for Secure Information Technology has played a major role in establishing the region’s world-recognised status in cybersecurity. It is a founding partner in the Global EPIC3 world-wide network of 24 cybersecurity research and innovation ecosystems.