ResearchThe Computer Science department is extremely active in knowledge exchange and enterprise activities, and is emerging for its fast-growing research environment and reputation. Since the last REF 2014 the department has doubled its research capacity and current members have demonstrable evidence of international world leading research.

The research centre for Data and Complex Systems has been formed to support the development of an environment of international excellence in the areas of computer and data science with a particular emphasis on data analytics, data representation and visualisation; interoperable and interconnected distributed technologies and infrastructures; future internet, cloud computing, IoTs and disruptive technologies, and information and cybersecurity.

The Creative Virtual Reality Lab conducts visual computing research with a particular emphasis on impact-driven research in virtual and augmented reality, games and serious games, image processing and computer vision, 3D graphics and perception, human computer interaction, complex systems simulation, robotics and smart systems. The lab uses the Tech Hub facilities including the Computer Augmented Virtual Environment (CAVE) and a range of technologies for full immersive experiences.

The Department  has a number of full/part time PhD students pursuing work in different areas of computing and offers MRes in Computing programme for those with exciting and innovative research ideas and interests.

Research proposals are invited on the topics related to the thematic areas of the research centre as well as to the following:

  • Social Graphs
  • Big Data
  • Resource Provisioning
  • Physical Computing
  • Software Development & Testing
  • Quality of Service
  • Computer Vision
  • Image/Video Analysis and Pattern Recognition
  • Next-Generation Mobile Technologies and Applications
  • Sensor-based applications for Smart Cities
  • Scientific Data Visualisation
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Information Retrieval
  • Text mining
  • Social media analysis
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Biometric Security
  • Distributed Middleware Services
  • Distributed Applications and Services
  • Mobile Healthcare/Assisted Living
  • AI & Games
  • Large-scale Real-time Agent-based Modelling
  • Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
  • Games programming
  • Gamification
  • Crowd Modelling and Simulation
  • Behavioural Modelling
  • Computer Graphics
  • Human Visual Perception
  • Computer Mathematics

The Department is currently advertising for two Research Assistant roles. For more information or to apply you can find out more at: 

For more details on PhD research opportunities and MRes Programme contact:
Professor Ella Pereira
01695 657639

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