About us

About CIT

Photograph of Panns Bank (foreground) and the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter's (background) Photograph of the interior of the David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Centre for Internet Technologies (CIT) is a research group of the Department of Computing, Engineering & Technology within the Faculty of Applied Sciences. We are based at the University of Sunderland's award-winning Sir Tom Cowie Campus, which boasts one of the most modern and best equipped computing environments in the United Kingdom.

Formerly the Centre for Electronic Commerce (CEC) from 1996-2004, we became CIT in January 2005, increasing participation in the teaching activities of the department.

Supported by university and external research funding, we conduct research and development work into a wide range of internet technologies. We have a proven track record and have established strong links with partners from industry, commerce and the public sector.

We are currently a partner in C4D and, since 1996, we have worked with 96 partners on a total of 26 research and development projects.

In addition to our project work, we are also involved in the delivery of a range of internet technologies related modules across the degree programmes of the department.

Our research activities are currently focussed on research information management, managing research data, CERIF and semantic web technologies. We are also active in network systems research, including GRID computing and distributed systems.

We are actively involved in standardisation at a European level, through the work of the CEN/ISSS workshop: eBusiness Board for European Standardisation.

We work with a number of leading edge technologies such as Adobe ColdFusion, XML and CERIF, and large-scale database management systems such as Microsoft SQL Server.