Dr. Petar Radanliev, Postdoctoral Research Asssociate, talks to us about harnessing the economic value of the Internet of Things as part of the PETRAS IoT Research Hub
When did you start at the Centre and what is your role here?
I started in July 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate – PDRA to work on the recently funded PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub.
What is your background?
I have a PhD, Tech., University of South Wales, UK, an MSc in Economics from Aberystwyth University, UK, and a BA Hons.in Communication also from Aberystwyth University
Summarise the research you are doing / your research interests in a few sentences.
I am working on harnessing the economic value of the Internet of Things (IoT). My research involves conducting scoping work to understand the state of the art in harnessing economic value in the emergent space of the Internet of Things. The research aims of this project are to formulate research problems based on a scoping exercise, develop research outcomes that address these problems, and apply/evaluate these outcomes to hub projects.
Why is this important (to the scientific community / the world at large)?
The project offers a unique opportunity to conduct research on how to harness economic value in the Internet of Things, with access to a wide pool of academic, industrial, and governmental stakeholders and research and development 'in the wild'. Two core challenges addressed by the stream are big data at an unprecedented scale, and how to predictably gain efficiency in complex IoT systems. I am working with the social and technical leads of the Harnessing Economic Value stream, Professor David De Roure (Oxford) and Professor Michael Huth (Imperial) respectively.
What would you like to do next, funding permitting?
Recently I have been awarded a research grant to work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I would be interested in developing a collaborative research project between MIT and Oxford, on sustainable replacement of fossil-fuelled vehicles with autonomous electrical vehicles.
Are you involved in any wider collaborations?
My work is undertaken as part of the recently funded PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub which comprises nine leading UK universities and over 47 partners from industry and the public sector. Its mission is to establish, over the next three years, a unique and exciting setting for research and development on critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security for the Internet of Things in the UK.
Have you received any awards or fellowships?
During my Ph.D studies, I received the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarship and more recently I received the Fulbright Grant for conducting Postdoctoral Research at MIT.
What do you think the most important issues/challenges in your field will be in the next decade and how is the Centre placed to address them?
The most important issues/challenges for my research project (PETRAS), is to develop a hub for research, development, and translation for the Internet of Things, focusing on privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security/safety; the Hub must be designed and operated as an open 'social and technological platform'. Central to the PETRAS approach is agile creation of projects that explore issues through impactful co-design with technical and social science experts and stakeholders, and flexible wider engagement with centers of excellence in the UK and overseas.
What do you think the Centre does best?
What the Centre does best is developing collaborations both within and outside the University and the ability to respond quickly to changing trends in requirements and funding.