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96% of our research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellent Framework 2021 assessment.

Our research is internationally recognised and our work addresses real-world societal and business challenges. Computer Science has seen rapid and substantial growth in recent years, fuelled by the deployment of technology in daily life and the emerging challenges and opportunities this presents.

Recently we have:

  • been involved in a Medical Research Council funded project to uncover new ‘fingerprints’ of brain disease
  • collaborated with one of our industry partners, Airbus, to create a new way of automatically detecting and killing cyberattacks on laptops, computers and smart devices
  • worked with museums across Europe (including the Natural History Museum in London) to create a digitisation process to capture physical information from fragile museum specimens. Scientists will be able to use this as they model past, present and future organisms (as they work on biodiversity, disease control and climate change).

Our growing team of staff and students are a crucial part of our success. They are based in our stunning new state-of-the-art facilities (central to Cardiff’s multi-million-pound innovation hub) with access to leading-edge hardware and software.

Our close collaborative relationships with industry and academic partners have contributed to the global impact of our research…
Head of School, Professor Stuart Allen

Research areas

Our research activity is organised into four priority areas focusing on emerging trends within our rapidly-evolving discipline:

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics

Artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics

Our research is aimed at developing novel methods for capturing, modelling and processing information that is encoded in natural language or in structured form.

Cybersecurity and privacy

Cybersecurity and privacy

Our research specialises in large scale systems, data analytics and multi-criteria optimisation.

Human-centred computing

Human-centred computing

Our research examines the socio-technical impacts of emerging computing systems on individuals, communities and societies.

Visual computing

Visual computing

Our work in visual computing explores visual analysis tools to help scientists and researchers better process large, multi-dimensional data.

Multidisciplinary impact

Our knowledge and expertise is being applied in innovative ways to help drive forward the research agenda and help our industrial and public sector partners solve problems. Our work is having an impact in a number of diverse areas:

  • healthcare (patient record systems and information visualisation)
  • defence
  • the environment (biodiversity management and geospatial information systems)
  • telecommunications (communications network design and virtual organisations)
  • engineering design (especially reverse engineering of solid shape)
  • high-performance and grid computing (distributed processing, knowledge management and immersive visualisation).

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Research facilities

We have a rapidly increasing and diverse range of research facilities and systems.


Research partners

Much of our research is interdisciplinary, in collaboration with Schools at Cardiff, other top universities and industry.