Research at UCL Computer Science
The department is brought together by a clear focus on experimental computer science; that is we are concerned with real-world data and observations about computer and software systems and their use. We develop theory that leads to hypotheses that can be checked experimentally, and where experimentation delivers results forming a basis for theory. This shared experimental orientation, which emphasises measurement, methodological rigour and ultimately reproducibility, not only binds together our research but determines our strategy and policy towards recruitment, directs our investment and underpins our research education. UCL Computer Science is a global leader in research in experimental computer science.
Research Groups are strong, broad-based, disciplinary teams associated with laboratories. These groups are formally established and constitute the focus for strategic development within the department.
UCL Computer Science supports a large, active postgraduate community studying on both research and taught programmes. Please follow the links below for information on these programmes:
Research Centres are large scale interdisciplinary teams established by UCL or across institutions. Research Centres are an important way in which UCL takes advantage of its broad disciplinary strengths.
- Bloomsbury Centre for Bioinformatics
- Centre for Computational Statistics & Machine Learning (CSML)
- Centre for Digital Humanities
- Centre for Inverse Problems
- Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC)
- Centre for Research on Evolution Search and Testing (CREST)
- London Centre for Nanotechnology
- UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC)
- UCL Quantum Technologies
There are also several Interest Groups which are informal groupings that come together to explore new subjects, extend the range of research or bring together different strands of computer science. Such teams reflect our dynamic research culture and are the seeds from which new Research Groups can grow.
REF2014: UCL Computer Science ranked first
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation UCL was ranked in first place for Computer Science, out of 89 Universities assessed, and considerably ahead of other Institutions. 61% of its research submission is rated as world-leading (the highest possible category) and 96% of its research submission is rated as internationally excellent.
UCL researchers in Computer Science and Informatics received a ‘grade point average’ of 3.57 (out of 4) and submitted 75 staff to be assessed in REF2014. UCL Computer Science has made seminal contributions across the full range of its core strengths and associated 11 research groups and 8 centres, including the Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education (CHIME), Biomedical Physics & Biochemical Engineering, and the Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC).
Our Impact Stories can be found here.
Some of our Impact Story authors can be seen describing their research in the video below.