About Us

The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre specialising in the advancement of innovative information technologies and their deployment in industry and commerce. We work at the forefront of emerging technology, taking cutting-edge research and using it in innovative ways to help solve the big societal challenges that we face in the world today.

We have teams working on secure systems, risk management, cyber security, crisis management, decision support, big data, information discovery, internet of things, social media analysis and social behaviour in complex human machine networks. This range of expertise is applied across industry sectors as diverse as health, media, e-government, oil & gas exploration, marine systems, education, transport and security.

Much of our work is performed within collaborative projects at both national and international level, working with researchers, industry and technology users in a spirit of partnership, developing new ideas and applications that draw on and develop our broad technical expertise.

Our work is made widely available through practical demonstrators, proof-of-principle software systems, publications and technical reports.

Part of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, we are based at the Southampton Science Park, 4 miles north of Southampton city centre.

Board of Directors

It has been my pleasure to head up this dynamic research centre over the past 20 years. I have seen it develop alongside emerging new technology from parallel computing, through service architecture and security to big data, IoT and networks. I look forward to the next exciting chapter in our technical evolution.

Colin Upstill
Managing Director

Creativity is at the heart of what we do. Cultivating a flow of pioneering ideas that offer the potential to transform people's lives using information technology is a motivating force that drives us all. Our capacity to rapidly turn these ideas into benefits for partners through collaborative applied research and innovation is a truly exciting place to be.

Michael Boniface
Technical Director

As Research Director, what I find most exciting and challenging is the incredible variety of projects, applications and research challenges we get involved in. Our advanced research strategy focuses on solving practical issues of using novel IT by teaming with pure researchers, tech companies and users, addressing issues including the user experience, trust, security and performance to add real economic value.

Mike Surridge
Research Director

Continuously unlocking the science potentials at our Centre through collaboration between our research staff, national and international partners is paramount for creating novel ideas and advancing the state of the art. This enables us to take forward new scientific ideas, supported by scientifically excellent and rigorous research results, and then implement them through exciting, application led projects.

Zoheir Sabeur
Science Director

Careers at IT Innovation Centre

The IT Innovation Centre offers permanent positions at a number of levels, from Research Engineer to Senior and Principal Research Engineer levels. Temporary positions for project assistants are also available.

We provide strong support for career progression, with on-the-job learning opportunities helping you deepen your existing skills and gain new expertise. Staff at IT Innovation enjoy sharing their skills in a collaborative environment, whilst formal training in technical and non-technical topics is also available to support personal development.

We are passionate about what we do, and the Centre supports cross-project engagement and learning with a number of Special Interest Groups. These groups focus on technical topics (e.g. semantic technology) and the broader picture around IT applications (e.g. security and socio-economics).

We offer a number of employment benefits, which are detailed on our vacancies page.

Employee Quotes

Stephen Phillips
Principal Research Engineer

There are two special things about working here: the variety of projects and the freedom to pursue and promote your own ideas.

Stefanie Cox
Research Engineer

Working in applied research brings the advantages of both worlds together; not only do we make an impact in the scientific world, we also see our visions come to life in real-world applications.

Hannah
Billingsley-Dadd
Project Assistant

IT Innovation is a professional centre that gave me the opportunity to contribute to real world projects while supporting the development of my own skills.

Stuart
Middleton
Senior Research
Engineer

Staff professional development is highly valued; from attending local courses to leadership roles at international conferences, there are opportunities here for everyone.

The IT Innovation Centre is a part of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, complementing campus-based academic research with our targeted applied research portfolio. The University of Southampton, a founding member of the Russell Group, has gained a prestigious recognition for its many successes and its history of world-changing achievements.