Research in the Department of Informatics covers a broad range of sub-disciplines of Computer Science considering fundamental scientific questions as well as practical challenges and opportunities of the increasingly complex digital society.
With its research power ranked 7th in the country within the Computer Science/Informatics unit of assessment (REF 2014), Informatics is proud of the quality of its scientific publications, and continuously strives to improve its record.
The departmental research activity is supported by a number of grants, which fund research posts and equipment and facilitate collaboration with external research partners. A remarkable upward trend of total research income is illustrative of the thriving research activity. The main source of the departmental research income are grants from EPSRC (~60%), with further funding from the UK Government and from EU, each contributing 10-15%, and some funding from UK and industry.
The increased research income means expansion of research activities and their external impact. To maintain this momentum, the Department is promoting and supporting the culture of applying regularly for research funding. This includes assisting individual staff members with development of their funding plans and identifying and supporting potential candidates for prestigious research awards such as ERC grants and EPSRC fellowships.
The intersecting lattice-like structure of groups and hubs in Informatics provides a robust framework which supports Informatics' commitment to research of the highest scientific quality and its ambition to increase the external impact of its research.
In collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Physics' Biological Physics and Soft Matter Group, we are also part of the Centre for the Physical Science of Life.