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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)

Research

At ECS, we perform research in a number of fields. Our work is organised through five Research Groups:

  • Algorithms and Complexity: The group is broad-based with differing research foci within the general area of algorithms and complexity including computational complexity, proof complexity, descriptive complexity, (algorithmic) graph theory, exact algorithms, randomised algorithms, approximation algorithms, finite model theory, constraint satisfaction, interconnection networks, universal algebra and mathematical logic.
  • Innovative Computing: Research in the group is concerned with methods for representing, processing, communicating and reasoning about information, and the role of the human, in both natural and engineered computing systems.
  • Mechanics: Our research is predominately focused on development and applications of computational techniques for solids, structures and fluids. This includes finite and boundary element methods as well as meshfree and discrete element methods and covers both theoretical and high performance implementation aspects.
  • Electronics: The group has active research interests in micro and nanofabricated devices, organic electronics, electronic systems, communications and terahertz technology.
  • Energy: The research in this group encompasses thermofluids, new and renewable energy, electrical network simulation, smart grids and biomaterials.

As a small to medium sized School, we focus our research in order to achieve recognition for international excellence in selected areas. Our research activities are clustered to address higher level strategic aims. Further details of these clusters and their associated aims can be found in the research group pages.

The School participated in RAE08 and received detailed feedback in January 2009. Of the research output assessed, all (100%) was identified as being of International Quality and over 70% was recognised as Internationally Excellent or World Leading (3* and 4*). The School was particularly praised for its research impact and the panel singled out our excellent research support and training arrangements.

A strong School ethos exists for collaborative research, and is reflected in the way our research is structured. While individual academics are members of only one of the five RGs, they often enter into research collaborations with academics from other groups (elsewhere in the University, nationally and internationally). Academics regularly work in close collaboration with industry. We have a strong record of successful technology transfer through KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) projects. Investigations not funded solely by industry are supported through EPSRC, Royal Society, BIS and EU grants. We are keen to welcome and support bright junior researchers, who wish to apply for EPSRC and Royal Society Fellowships, through our ECS Fellowship Scheme.

Each year Research Day is held in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences where PhD students and Research Associates present their projects and latest results to all members.

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  • Ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide 2014
  • Ranked 5th in The Times Good University Guide 2013
  • Ranked 6th in The Guardian University League Table 2013

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