Our research profile
Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology focuses on theoretical and practical solutions to the modern society's needs such as ICT services, health, social care, green technologies, safety and security, environments for teaching and learning.
Our work ranges from cutting edge research in electronics, communications, software systems, computer vision, virtual reality, grid and cloud computing, to novel applications of operational research and statistical modelling to healthcare systems, data mining and semantic systems.
In the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 more than 70 per cent of the previously known as the School of Electronics and Computer Science research was rated as internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Our research teams address challenging issues, solutions to which are eagerly sought by industry, scientific community and public services. Research into high-performance computing provides practical solutions to taming computational power of clusters, grids and networks for use by professionals from various disciplines, who do not necessarily have computer science expertise. We develop gateway technologies to provide seamless access to European data and networking infrastructures and services such as clusters, supercomputers, grids, academic and commercial clouds. Our unique expertise in ultra low-power electronic circuits is used to construct highly efficient navigation equipment that combines multiple global navigation satellite systems such as GPS or European Galileo with mobile communication networks.
The Faculty develops tools supporting health and social care services in UK. These include remote monitoring systems for elderly and vulnerable people and specialised system information tools aiding management of health services. Our augmented- and virtual-reality expertise plays a crucial role in assisting museums, national heritage sites and theatres whom we offer technologies for education, guidance and entertainment of their customers. Our expert knowledge of radio- and microwave technologies, signal processing, control engineering, computational intelligence is utilised to construct modern communication systems, systems for monitoring food quality, human health, avionics, as well as modelling and control of industrial or biotechnological processes. Through our semantic web research we contribute to fruition of future generations of web technologies.
Our research is supported by major grants and awards from government departments, research councils, the European Union and industry, and benefits from strong national and international links with leading academic and commercial organisations. We offer services to industry such as consultancy, system development, seminars and professional training programmes all linked to the educational portfolio of the Fa. NHS, European Space Agency, Rolls-Royce and IBM are just a few brand names on our long list of satisfied customers.
So it is evident that working at the highest levels of academic research and development underpins the integrity and impact of everything we do.
We currently have over 50 students registered for MPhil and PhD degrees across all our disciplines and over 250 MSc students, who benefit from the state of the art facilities and a thriving research environment.