The Institute For the Future (IFF) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Nicosia, aimed at advancing emerging technologies and contributing to their effective application in industry, government, education and society.
IFF’s vision is to become a leading academic institution and a top global player spearheading interdisciplinary innovation inside the university, in Cyprus, in the EU and the world.
IFF focuses on the following technologies:
- Distributed Ledger Technology (Blockchains)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligence Augmentation (IA)
- Virtual and Augmented Reality
- Robotic Applications
- Self-Driving Vehicles
IFF is organized along the above areas with a Director responsible for each, coordinating the institute’s activities, setting directions for research and evaluating its performance. IFF is staffed with high caliber scholars (working full- or part-time and being UNIC professors and/or academic/industry visitors), by senior research associates and a lean administrative structure. IFF also offers visiting position to prominent technology scholars from industry or academia.
IFF also sponsors, either from UNIC funds or from industry sponsors, PhD students and IFF post-doctoral researchers to work in the above areas with the scholars, the senior associates and the visitors.
IFF is also working toward establishing an incubator/accelerator for promising technology entrepreneurs and dynamic start-ups in the above areas.