Quality of Research
Cardiff School of Computer Science
Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
|Unit of Assessment||Staff submitted (FTE)||By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard|
|Computer Science and Informatics (F23)||22.15||4||3||2||1||UC|
(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)
The School of Computer Science is an innovative and dynamic centre of fundamental research, the application of which results in wide ranging benefits. Staff conduct collaborative work with partners worldwide, including the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, BT, OFCOM and Harvard University. Many research projects receive funding from UK Research Councils, UK government, European Commission, industry and other sources totalling millions of pounds each year. As a result, the School offers a number of PhD studentships annually.
Research at the School has supported a number of high-profile developments with crucial practical application; for instance the design of the emergency services’ advanced radio network. The School has also pioneered novel statistical techniques used to measure river level and flow, to predict housing value, to map the universe and to inform data-driven climate models.
Research in the School is organised in five main groups: Distributed Collaborative Computing; Geometric Computing & Computer Vision; Knowledge & Information Systems; Mobile Communications; and Scientific Computing and Optimisation.
The creation of virtual environments greatly assists research in a wide variety of specialisms.
Research topics pursued by these groups include image processing, shape analysis, healthcare informatics and statistical analysis. Much research conducted in the School is collaborative with other disciplines across the University such as engineering and physical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.
The Geometric Computing and Computing Vision group is a recognised world leader in reverse engineering – producing computer aided design models from 3D scans of real-world objects. Work by the Knowledge and Information Systems Group has a major impact in areas such as biodiversity and healthcare, and has influenced the development of medical information systems in relation to diseases such as cancer.
The School also hosts the Welsh e-Science Centre which promotes e-Science research and development, encourages the exploitation of e-Science ICT technologies, and pursues research in areas such as data and knowledge management and problem-solving environments for scientific and engineering applications.
Research at the School benefits from world-leading facilities, such as the £3m
e-Science building . The multimedia Communications Research Centre is equipped with various motion capture systems, including a 4D facial capture system.