Students Staff

06 June 2013

European award for innovative internet project

A $6.7million project involving Essex academics has won the Future Internet Award for its outstanding contribution to developing the internet of the future.

The project, PURSUIT (Publish Subscribe Internet Technology), received the award from the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) who described the project as “a leading example of European future networks research”, acknowledging the projects “very impressive results” and its “visible step to commercial deployment.”

Dr Martin Reed from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering led the team at Essex, redesigning the current internet model to meet its constantly growing demand, allowing quicker internet access, reducing spam and viruses, improving internet connections and making it safer for its users. He said:

“This has been an outstanding project to be involved in and one which paves the way for an information centric Internet. With the increasing information overload for users, and recent emphasis on big data, we need an Internet that can cope in this new information-era.

“I look forward to continuing the ground-breaking work of PURSUIT towards achieving these aims in the next generation Internet.”

This cutting-edge research at Essex saw a collaboration from a number of European partners, including the University of Cambridge, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Aalto University, RWTH Aachen University, Athens University of Economics and Business, Oy L M Ericsson Ab and CTVC Ltd. With $4.84million ICT research funding contributed to the award from the EU, PURSUIT will go on to shape the future of the internet.


Note to Editors
For more information, a demonstration of PURSUIT or to speak to Dr Martin Reed, please contact the University of Essex Communications Office on 01206 872400 or e-mail:

For more information about the PURSUIT project, see:

For more information about the Future Internet Award and Future Internet Assembly (FIA), see:

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has an outstanding reputation for high-quality teaching and research in both computer science and electronic engineering and was ranked world leading and Internationally Excellent for its research, in the UK RAE 2008.

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