UoA 11 Computer Science and Informatics

Our research is having an impact in fields as diverse as biodiversity and design and manufacturing. We collaborate with over 100 international companies, including some of the world’s leading industrialists, demonstrating the quality of our expertise. We scored a GPA of 3.04 and are ranked 25th in the UK. A distinctive feature of this unit is that 60% of our research has been deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.

Quality level 4 3 2 1 UC
Overall 26.0% 53.0% 20.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Outputs 21.4% 59.0% 19.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Impact 60.0% 30.0% 10.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Environment 0.0% 60.0% 30.0% 10.0% 0.0%
About the REF

Research in the School of Computer Science & Informatics seeks to solve challenging computational problems in the areas of distributed and scientific computing, informatics, and visual computing. 

Much of our research is multidisciplinary and impacts areas as diverse as healthcare, mobile communications and the environment.

Since 2008 our research has continued to thrive with the School's average research income per annum increasing by 41% to £1.73M. Other notable achievements during this period include the generation of a significant portfolio of projects in areas of mobile and social computing and the establishment of the One Wales Research Institute of Visual Computing.

Strategic collaborations have also strengthened over the REF period with our staff engaged in collaborations with nearly 100 UK and international academic partners. We also work with industrial partners worldwide including IBM, Airbus and Ford.

Direct access and support from the University's multi-million pound Advanced Research Computing facility (ARCCA) delivers capability for data analysis, large-scale simulations and storage and visualisation. In addition to this our Human Factors Technology Research Centre houses a variety of motion capture systems currently used in research into assisting creative engineering design and a state of the art 3D video system to support our innovative facial analysis projects.

Case studies

Indexing the world's species

Using big data to help save flora and fauna from extinction.

Research areas

Theme Details
Distributed and Scientific Computing Main focus includes mobile computing, high-performance computing, and optimisation for problem-solving.
Informatics Strengths are in distributed information management, decision-support, data mining, and geospatial informatics.
Visual Computing Encompasses research in computer vision, computer graphics, and geometric computing.

Centres and groups 

Group Details
Human Factors Technology Research Centre An interdisciplinary hub (in collaboration with the Schools of Engineering and Psychology and also the Schools of Dentistry and Optometry) to perform research into computational analysis of many forms of human interaction and
Research Institute of Visual Computing Established in 2009 with an aim to make Wales an internationally-leading country in areas including visualisation, geometric modelling, and volume graphics, with strong links to China's Tsinghua University.

Overall ranking

Pos. Institution GPA
1University College London3.57
2University of Warwick3.53
3Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine3.50

22University of Dundee3.11
23University of East Anglia3.08
24Royal Holloway College and Bedford New College3.06
25Cardiff University3.04
26University of Durham3.02
27University of St Andrews2.99

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