Research at the Institute For the Future

The Institute For the Future (IFF) of the University of Nicosia has obtained €5m in competitive European Commission research grants since 2017.

The IFF was founded to explore the hypothesis that exponential technologies will cause rapidly accelerating societal change. Technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence are highly disruptive, even individually. However, as they reach commercial maturity and start becoming synergistic, they are  expected to have compounding effects on the economy, social structures, legal systems, income distribution, governance, education, and warfare – and raise fundamental questions on how future society is organised.

IFF participates in R&D projects funded by EU and industry.  Specifically, it participates today in following projects:

  1. DLT4ALL – A Knowledge Alliance for Blockchain in Academic, Entrepreneurial and Investment Training. An Erasmus+ project addressing the lack of European entrepreneurs, students, angel-investors and incubator managers in understanding and exploiting Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.

  2. EUNOMIA – User-oriented, secure, trustful & decentralized social media. A HORIZON 2020 project to address which social media user is the original source of a post, how this information has spread and been modified and how likely it is trustworthy.

  3. BLOCKPOOL – Pooling SME adoption and deployment of Blockchain and other DLTs. A HORIZON 2020 project which aims to build and strengthen SMEs’ and intermediaries’ Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies capacity in a cross-value chain fashion, in order to strengthen both supply and demand sides through 1) a Blockchain “deployment pool” and 2) other generic support activities.

  4. INFINITECH – Tailored IoT & BigData Sandboxes and Testbeds for Smart, Autonomous and Personalized Services in the European Finance and Insurance Services Ecosystem. A HORIZON 2020 project by global leaders in ICT and finance, that joint forces towards lowering the barriers for BigData/IoT/AI driven innovation, boosting regulatory compliance and stimulating additional investments.
  5. PARITY – Pro-sumer AwaRe, Transactive Markets for Valorization of Distributed flexibilITY enabled by Smart Energy Contracts. A HORIZON 2020 project to address the “structural inertia” of existing distribution grids by delivering a transactive grid and market framework that will increase the durability and efficiency of the electrical grid and facilitate the penetration of RES beyond 50% of the generation mix in the distribution network.

  6. ABC – Austrian Blockchain Center. An one-stop-shop for Blockchain (and related) technologies to be applied in industrial applications like industry 4.0 / IoT as well as financial, energy, logistics, government and administrative applications.

  7. BLOXBERG – The Trusted Research Infrastructure. A secure global blockchain established by a consortium of leading research organizations and led by Max Planck to provide scientists with decentralized services worldwide.

  8. UBRI – Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative. An initiative funded by the Ripple Impact Fund, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, for increasing the Institute’s academic, research and outreach activities on Blockchain technologies that can significantly transform multiple industries.

The above projects enable IFF to collaborate with 100+ leading organizations and universities across the globe, and contributing to the scientific community of the technologies that characterize the 4th industrial revolution.