UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy


PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity is a consortium of 12 research institutions with outstanding expertise in securing the connected world, tackling critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

Its research focus will be on the opportunities and threats that arise when Edge computing is deployed more widely in the economy and society: when Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning technologies move from being centralised systems to being run at the periphery of the internet and local IoT networks.

Funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) programme, this second phase of PETRAS will strengthen an already established and successful platform which, since 2016, has coordinated and convened 11 universities and 110 industrial and government User Partners in cross-disciplinary collaboration. PETRAS has created a dynamic shared research agenda that addresses social and physical science challenges in equal measure and has worked across a broad range of Technology Readiness Levels.

PETRAS is transdisciplinary and takes a socio-technical approach to research, spanning the physical and behavioural sciences. We promote an inclusive environment that attracts and connects academics, experts and organisations together, to form a strategic national research capability in the cybersecurity of devices and networks at the edge of the internet.

STEaPP contributors

Jeremy Watson

Professor Jeremy Watson
Centre Director and Professor of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP
 Eleri Jones 
Head of PETRAS
 Ruth Dollard 
Operations Manager 
 Sarah Hardy 
Communications Lead 
King 2016Sam King 
Assistant Programme Manager 


Dr Madeline Carr 
Standards, Government and Policy Team Lead 
Irina BrassDr Irina Brass 
Research Associate
 Dr Kruakae Pothong
Research Associate
 Dr Leonie Tanczer
Research Associate
 Dr Uchenna Ani
Research Associate
 Dr Feja Lesniewska 
Research Associate


  • IOT UK


  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Newcastle University 
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Warwick
  • University of Bristol 
  • University of Nottingham 
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey