Institute of Communications and Connected Systems


Online Seminar | Things that think a little – IoT at UCL East

17 March 2021, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Picutre of the Orbital slide in East London with an artists rendering of the UCL east campus behind, overlaid is a network of vectors and nodes.

Professor Duncan Wilson, will discuss the use of IoT in the Built environment, presenting work from the UCL's Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, IoT work underway at UCL EAST, and lessons learned from 20 years of implementing IoT in the built environment. This will be an exciting exploration of IoT from UCL's Professor of Connected Environments for our final seminar of the Second Term.

This event is free.

Event Information

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All | UCL staff | UCL students






Robert Thompson – Institute of Communications and Connected Systems

Things that think a little – IoT at UCL East

What does it mean to sense and monitor our built environment?

If intelligent buildings have been around since the 1980’s then what is all this fuss over the Internet of Things?

Duncan will talk about ongoing work in the Bartlett focused on connected environments, will describe work underway at UCL East - UCL's new campus  -  to create a living lab and will make some observations based on 20 years of trying to implement IoT in the built environment.

ICCS Chair

This session will be chaired by: Izzat Darwazeh

Attending the seminar 

The Seminar will be held on the Zoom platform. Details of how to access Zoom can be found on their website.

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About the ICCS online seminar series

The ICCS seminar series is designed to bring together members of our community who are currently away from our home in Bloomsbury and distributed across the world. The Seminars are being curated to provide academic exploration and inspiration, offering insights into a range of topics surrounding communications and connected systems. Topics will either explore subjects close to the work of our academics or introduce wider concepts from experts in the global academic and industrial community.

If you wish to suggest a future topic or speaker please use the link below, speakers could be from academia, industry, within ICCS/UCL or from further a field.


The seminar will begin with a presentation aimed at a technical audience, but at a level that will be accessible to those from a range of engineering disciplines. Speakers have been asked to end their presentations with a technical challenge or delving deeper into the content to engage those more invested in the topic. 

The seminar series is designed to offer a compact exploration of ranging topics and is therefore short in format. The presentation will run for 15 - 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of questions.
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About the Speaker

Duncan Wilson

Professor of Connected Environments at The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA)

Duncan Wilson is Professor of Connected Environments in The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London. His research focuses on how emerging technologies such as connected sensors and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment. He is Director of Enterprise and Partnerships for CASA providing support for the department in developing industry collaborations

The Connected Environments research at CASA feeds into the Future Living Institute at UCL East, a new Masters on Connected Environments and focuses on three core research vectors; cognitive computing - AI at the edge of the network on resource constrained devices; extra sensory computing - novel methods for capturing data and humans receiving it; and spatial reasoning systems - how we can augment / improve our world models with continuous post occupancy information.

He is a Chartered Engineer (IET) with a PhD from UCL in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision. He has over 20yrs of digital technology, R&D, innovation and strategy experience, primarily working at the interface between industry and academia. He is a member of the Smart London Board and previously worked for Intel, Arup and Sainsbury’s.