Research at UCL Computer Science

The UCL Department of Computer Science is a global leader in experimental computer science research. We are concerned with real-world data and observations about computer and software systems and their use. Our shared experimental orientation, emphasises measurement, methodological rigour and reproducibility. This binds together our research, determines our strategy, recruitment policy, directs our investment, and underpins our research education. 

Research Excellence

The Research Excellent Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutes. In the most recent REF evalution:

  • The department of Computer Science at UCL was ranked first for research in the UK
  • 96% of research submitted was rated internationally excellent
  • 61% of research submitted was rated world leading

Alan Turing Institute

UCL is one of five academic partners for the new Alan Turing Institute for Data Science. Based at the King’s Cross Knowledge Quarter, the national Institute will draw together computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians to work on this key driver for the economy.

See more here.

Research Groups

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 Students

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

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.