Research in the School of Computing and Engineering

In the School of Computing and Engineering we have a vibrant and rapidly growing research community with world-class research in several key areas. We are creating knowledge by working closely with industry colleagues to ensure that our research has real impact on society.

Our research activity is organised around our Research Institutes and Research Centres all of which carry out world-class research in their specific areas. Within these Institutes and Centres there are smaller research groups, each with a specific research theme. Our research has expanded significantly over the last 5 years with our research income increasing from £3.4M in 2013 to £11.9M in 2020. In the 2021 REF we submitted 112 FTE staff under the Engineering and Computing and Informatics Units of Assessment.

Researchers in computer science are working on visualisation, information and systems engineering and intelligent systems. Our facilities are industry standard, incorporating a dedicated computer networking, mobile and forensic computing laboratory, as well as creative studio environments and industry standard software. Our aim is to research and develop new methods and technologies in computer science that will have a real impact on global grand challenges in areas such as transport, health, security, and energy.

In Engineering our Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) is at the forefront of creating new measurement techniques, we apply novel techniques to real world problems. Highly innovative research and strong links with industry resulted in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) designating the CPT as a National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Metrology. Research carried out in our Institute of Railway Research (IRR) has helped to improve the knowledge of the way in which railway vehicles interact with the track, including key performance aspects such as suspension performance, wheel-rail contact, traction, and braking. This research is leading to increased safety and reliability levels, reducing costs and improved performance of the railway system. The IRR was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2019.

Our Ion Beam Centre brings together the fields of innovative particle accelerator development and the use of particle accelerators for probing the properties of materials using the world-leading MIAMI and MEIS facilities at the University of Huddersfield. Our Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering aims to improve the efficiency of industrial asset condition monitoring, structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing of various engineering structures and materials using novel, efficient and the most practical technologies and systems.