Research Excellence Framework 2014 Results


REF2014: 10% Boost for Computer Science Research at Ulster

Ulster has strengthened its position in the top 25% of UK universities for Computer Science research power, with 65% world-leading and internationally excellent research, up from 55% in RAE2008.

90% of Ulsterís Computer Science research environment is rated world-leading or internationally excellent.


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  • Computer Science Research Institute

    The Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI) at Ulster was established in 2004 within an institutional strategy to facilitate selectivity in research support. Over the last 10 years CSRI has more than doubled in academic and research staff, in the number of PhD students graduating annually, and in the volume of highly competitive external research funding that we attract.

    CSRI conducts internationally excellent and world-leading research in intelligent systems, assistive technologies, next generation networks, and semantic analytics, within our four highly active research groups and Centres:

    • Information and Communications Engineering
    • focusing on knowledge engineering and data analytics, applications in healthcare modelling and computer vision, and increasingly, performance management of next generation networks, systems and services.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Applications
    • focusing on pattern recognition, reasoning, and semantic analytics, with applications in text mining, intelligent document analysis, ambient assisted living, and security-based scenario recognition.

    • Smart Environments
    • focusing on multi-disciplinary and collaborative research in sensor-based technologies, and applications in behavioural analysis, activity recognition, and assistive technologies for healthcare and independent living.

    • Intelligent Systems Research Centre
    • focusing on cognitive robotics, computational neuroscience, and biologically-inspired computation, with applications in robotic systems, neural modelling, and BCI.

    Note: for information on PhD opportunities in Computer Science, please visit the Research Graduate School.