School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Our research

Department of Computer Science

Research within the Department

Find out more about our internationally recognised research

The Department of Computer Science has a rich research base. In the latest research assessment (Research Excellence Framework 2014) we submitted to the Unit of Assessment 11, Computer Science and Informatics. 80% of our research impact within this unit was rated as being at international level.

These results were achieved thanks to our research strategy, which focuses on encouraging and supporting collaborative research and external funding applications. For example, as part of our EU Wi-5 Project (What to do With the Wi-Fi Wild West) we are working with European partners in the Netherlands, Spain and Turkey to build smarter Wi-Fi. This work will support new user experiences and business models, even as the Wi-Fi radio spectrum becomes more congested.

Another cross-disciplinary project we are working on focuses on the design and implementation of a mobile lifelogging platform, which has been designed to measure the effects negative emotion has on cardiovascular health in everyday life. This is a collaborative project between the Department of Computer Science and the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.

In addition to these interdisciplinary relationships, we also have long-standing national and international collaborations with companies and institutions. For example, we work with Thales Research and Technology (UK) Ltd, SAP in Germany and SINTEF in Norway.

We also have partners in a number of other EU countries. These partnerships have resulted in the development of advanced security technologies and tools to address cyber security challenges in computer systems and services, as well as publications and invention disclosures.

Our research is further enhanced by our participation in international research events. Our leading academics hold memberships on advisory boards, standard bodies and councils. They also organise and chair major international conferences, including some symposiums and workshops as part of IEEE International Conference on Communications and IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, and the Annual International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering.

In the future we plan to continue growing the Department’s research activity and quality by strengthening our current research collaborations, while developing new partnerships and extending our enterprise activities. We will also attract external funding and continue our international recruitment of outstanding researchers.

Expertise

Our Department’s research expertise is diverse. The majority of our work sits within one of these five areas of computer science:

  • Network and information security
  • Networking and distributed systems
  • Computer games technology
  • Applied computing
  • Critical infrastructure protection