Work is beginning on a new research project led by four UK universities that aims to deliver smarter, more reliable sensor based systems. These are the systems that will determine the future success of smart cities, the internet of things, big data and self-driving vehicles.

The Science of Sensor Systems Software (S4) project brings together researchers from the Universities of Glasgow, Liverpool and St Andrews, Imperial College London with expertise across computing, engineering, and mathematics, together with a range of private and public sector partners.

S4 aims to develop new principles and techniques for sensor system software that will allow scientists and policymakers to ask deeper questions and be confident in obtaining reliable answers from the ever-expanding networks of sensors. The project’s outcomes could lead to more robust water networks, more responsive air quality monitoring, reliable autonomous driving and precision manufacturing and more.

The project, supported by a grant of nearly £4.2m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will run until 2021.