The MSc program in Intelligent Critical Infrastructure is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Cyprus (UCY) in collaboration with the UCY KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) and Imperial College London (ICL), both international leaders in research and innovation activities in the topics of this MSc program.
Courses in this program have been designed and are delivered by world-class expert academic faculty from both institutions (UCY and ICL), with significant international research reputation in the topic of Intelligent Critical Infrastructure Systems (CIS), and in particular to topics relating to the monitoring, control, management and security of CIS.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Cyprus was established in 2003 and is one of the four Departments in the UCY School of Engineering. In a relatively short period of time it has managed to establish high quality research, teaching and outreach activities. The Department provides high quality degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (BSc, MSc/MEng, PhD). These programs emphasize fundamental principles that prepare students for leadership roles in a challenging and rapidly changing technological world. Research and innovation is achieved in an environment that fosters cooperation between faculty, students, industry, and research organizations.
As of Fall 2018, the ECE Department consists of 18 fulltime academic staff, 308 undergraduate students and 96 postgraduate students, at the Master’s and PhD levels. Members of the academic staff are currently involved in a large number of externally funded research projects (from EU and local/international industry). According to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (aka Shanghai Ranking), the Department is ranked in the range 201-300 among similar departments around the world. It is ranked second among Greek-language departments in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Given the Department’s relatively recent establishment and short life, this makes it one of the youngest departments in the top 300 world-wide.
KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence
The KIOS Research Center of the University of Cyprus was established in 2008. It was subsequently upgraded into a Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (KIOS CoE) in 2017 under the EU’s strategic program “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation – Teaming”. Currently, it is the largest research and innovation center in Cyprus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with an emphasis on monitoring, control, management and security of critical infrastructures such as electric power systems, water distribution networks, telecommunication networks, and transportation systems.
The goal of the Center is to conduct outstanding interdisciplinary research and innovation and produce new knowledge and tools that can be applied to solve real-life problems. Towards this goal, the Center undertakes numerous education and training activities in its scientific topics of interest, one of which relates to the support of this MSc program. The Center collaborates with an extended network of national and international academic, industrial, and governmental organizations to assure that its research has maximal applicability and impact.
Imperial College London
Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London (ICL) is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in research and education. ICL provides multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialization, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the world’s biggest technological challenges. World-renowned academics from Imperial’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Institution for Security Science and Technology are involved in the MSc program, leveraging from close and long-lasting collaboration between academics and researchers from UCY and ICL.
Imperial’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering delivers high-quality teaching and conducts internationally leading research across a wide range of topics targeting both fundamental advances and practical applications of science and technology. The quality and impact of its research are demonstrated by its many highly cited publications, the personal recognition of its researchers through awards and honours, and the commercial adoption of its results and innovations. The Institution for Security Science and Technology is ICL’s hub for security research and is one of the Global Challenge Institutes of the University. Its mission is to coordinate interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research in security across ICL and to act as a security science, technology and innovation interface for academia, government and industry.