Vision & Mission


Scotland has a strong advanced engineering and high-technology industrial sector, spanning aerospace through energy to biotechnology. Underpinning all of these industries is the need for sensor and imaging systems (SIS) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, which drive quality, efficiency and performance, providing not only a means for growth in these industries, but the foundation for a diverse range of products and services.

Scotland is a global leader in SIS and IoT technologies, and investing to exploit our capabilities is a national priority. CENSIS will change the way industry and academic communities work together to ensure Scotland’s position as a global leader in these fields are enhanced.


To be an internationally renowned, business-driven centre for SIS and IoT innovation, recognised for the economic impact achieved by creative partnerships between industry, universities, and user community members.

Aims & Objectives

Our mission is to deliver sustainable growth in Scotland’s economy, and we will deliver against the following aims and objectives:

  1. Accelerate the transfer of SIS and IoT technologies from the science base to industry through CR&D, knowledge transfer, and commercialising academic IP to meet industry needs.
  2. Be a beacon for economic development and wealth creation through the development of a strong innovation ecosystem; combining the skills, knowledge and expertise of all the partners and working across traditional supply chains.
  3. Align university research with longer term, strategic opportunities for innovation, creating economic impact by funding applied research to meet needs identified in collaboration with industry partners.
  4. Stimulate a more entrepreneurial and innovation-driven culture amongst the research and industrial base to increase the absorptive capacity of indigenous companies.
  5. Integrate communities of researchers and innovators across the supply chain with networking activities designed to encourage collaboration.