Computer Science Research Strategy



We rank first among UK Computer Science departments by GPA according to the 2014 REF. As of 2016, the department has 83 academic staff (36 professors), 93 research staff, and 180 PhD students. We established, in 1973, the first internet connection outside the US; our code is used in all 3G networks for instant messaging and videoconferencing, it has made prostate cancer diagnosis faster and neurosurgery safer; and has transformed the UK government’s delivery of on-line security. We have world-leading expertise in:

  • Computer Systems: internet architecture, privacy and security, ubiquitous computing;
  • Data Science: machine learning, financial computing, information retrieval;
  • Human Computer Interaction: affective computing, future interfaces, education technology;
  • Image Computing: computer graphics, machine vision, and medical imaging;
  • Robotics: artificial intelligence, internet of things, tele-operation.
  • Software Engineering: fault finding, system design, logic & verification, programming languages;
  • Super-computing: cluster, GPU, quantum and biological computing, modeling complex systems.



Our goal is to be an internationally leading department in experimental computer science through direct impact on key challenges of the 21st century digital society. Those challenges include designing the future internet, robust software systems, human health and wellbeing, a stable economy, virtual reality, and computing in the developing world. While applied challenges drive our research, we also aim to advance theoretical understanding of the nature of information and computation.



  • To consolidate our position as number one UK computer science department in the next REF.
  • To establish ourselves among the top computer science departments in the world.
  • To support research-career development at all levels, but specifically to nurture the most talented early career researchers and under-represented groups.
  • To raise department profile through: publications in the highest venues, leadership of large grants, editorial roles in the top journals and conferences, representation on key committees and advisory boards.
  • To enhance internal communication among research groups through departmental seminars and research meetings focused on key societal challenges or emerging topics of interest.
  • To push the boundaries of CS application through links with a diverse set of other UCL departments and other institutions.
  • To promote flexibility in our working approach allowing opportunistic capitalization on new challenges and collaborations.


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