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Research and Development

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Research Themes

Research is organised around 5 major themes

  • Communications and Networking
  • Computer Systems
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

The School of Computing and Communications is committed to conducting world-class research with high impact. We publish in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences, play major roles in the international research community, engage closely with industry and research users, and are active in developing new interdisciplinary research agendas.

Our research is recognized for its exceptional quality and international reputation. The UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008 found all of our research activity (100%) to be at least of international standing, and rated 80% of our research as world leading or internationally excellent. An International Review of UK Computer Science cited us as one of only a handful of centres undertaking "leading edge systems research".

The School’s research output spans five major sub-fields of our discipline: Communications and Networking, Computer Systems, Intelligent Systems, Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. We actively pursue research agendas that cut across traditional field boundaries to achieve transformative developments in several sub-fields simultaneously. Over the last 15 years, this has established Lancaster as a world-leading place for research on Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing. We also recognize the importance of Computing and Communications for tackling societal challenges in interdisciplinary research initiatives, and are building a strong reputation in Social Computing.

We are proud of our vibrant research culture in the School. Over 80 full-time academic and research staff and over 100 research students have been attracted to Lancaster from all over the world. Across all our activities, we share a strong engineering ethos in our research that emphasizes understanding of real-world challenges and development and experimental evaluation of systems.

Our research is supported by grants from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industrial sponsors. The total value of our current grants exceeds £12M. Our grant portfolio reflects our commitment to collaborative research, including on international scale. We attract more funding per staff for Computing and Communications research from Europe than any other University in the UK.