Relationships between Research Groups and Centres
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. The Department 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.
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.
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.