1 October 2019
I attended the mid-term review workshop for projects funded under the
EPSRC Engineering for a Prosperous Nation call, held at the Law Society
in London earlier today.
My work on Improving Protocol
Standards for a more Trustworthy Internet is funded under this
programme, and I was pleased to present a brief status report at the
workshop. This highlighted our success in building initial tools to
extract protocol data unit format specifications from Internet RFCs
and generate code to parse such data, and other ongoing work to
introduce the ideas of automated processing, testing, and code
generation based on protocol standards documents into the IETF.
The workshop also included a review of the EPSRC delivery plan, and some
interesting discussions on the relationship between the many different
projects funded under the call, the various EPSRC prosperity outcomes,
and the potential for future activities under follow-on calls. The wide
range of different projects funded under the call was impressive – the
remit of the call seemed broad, but I hadn't appreciated just how wide
ranging were the funded projects: from our work on improving robustness
of the Internet infrastructure, to self-driving cars, batteries,
low-carbon glass manufacturing, and healthcare, to mention just a few.
The range of topics made pitching the presentation difficult, but
certainly led to some interesting discussions.