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. 

The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of Alan Turing, whose pioneering work in theoretical and applied mathematics, engineering and computing is considered to have laid the foundations for modern-day data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute’s goals are to undertake world-class research in data science and artificial intelligence, apply its research to real-world problems, drive economic impact and societal good, lead the training of a new generation of scientists, and shape the public conversation around data.

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:

Interest Groups

Interest Groups 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.