The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity was delighted to host the two-day PETRAS Academic Community Conference | Networking & Research Showcase on the 16-17 June 2022 in London’s Goodenough College.
After more than two years of no in-person events, PETRAS was grateful to welcome over 80 leading academics from across the UK, with key industry experts and government representatives joining the evening networking event on Day 1. The event aimed to bring these communities together to seed innovative new ideas, to build on existing relationships and create a space for serendipitous collaboration opportunities.
A highlight from Day 1 included over 20 engaging and informative project presentations from researchers, illustrating both the importance of their work and the high-quality social and technical research under the PETRAS programme. Attendees were asked to vote for the most inspiring presentation that communicated their research best to win the Director’s Prize.
Dr Matthew Nunes (Cardiff University) of the ICE project was announced as the winner of the Director’s Prize by PETRAS Director, Professor Jeremy Watson. The ICE project studies water treatment systems and factories of the future, providing security and resilience for emerging technologies in critical infrastructures.
After a short break, valued PETRAS User Partners (research collaborators) and key stakeholders in public and private sectors joined the Research Showcase & Networking session, 18:00-19:30. Amongst the 30 partners in attendance, organisations included Airbus, BSI, DCMS, NCSC, Ofgem, Local Government Association (LGA), RegenFARM Ltd and Siemens.
PETRAS displayed academic posters showcasing over 20 research projects in a combination of physical and digital posters. During this networking session, attendees also had the opportunity to play with Prometheus, an interactive game looking at the sustainability and security of the IoT as part of the Edge of Tomorrow project led by Dr Adrian Gradinar and Dr Michael Stead (Lancaster University). Dr Mohamed Khamis (University of Glasgow), PT-Heat lead, also provided a demonstration on preventing users of thermal imaging cameras from using them maliciously.