Computing research
The Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) has an international reputation for leadership in cognitive robotics and neural computation.  
The main areas of research are:
  • The application of mathematical and computational modelling, brain imaging, visualisation and cognitive modelling.
  • The investigation and understanding of the interaction between humans and intelligent systems, with an emphasis on language and non-verbal communication.
  • The use of computational and robotics modelling methods to investigate cognitive functions.
  • Humanoid robotics and human-robot interaction (for children and the elderly).
The Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN) focuses on cybersecurity, digital forensics and wireless, mobile and optical networking.  The Centre has established relationships throughout industry and frequently advises commercial and public sector organisations in these topic areas.

  • Our cybersecurity research spans both technology and human aspects, with technical topics including active authentication, non-intrusive biometrics, intrusion detection and response, alongside attention to human aspects such as awareness and culture and research into security and usability.
  • Our research on multimedia networking covers key technologies (eg voice, video and data) with a focus on optimisation and management of the Quality of Experience (QoE) for multimedia services (eg VoIP, IPTV and social TV).
The School also carried out multi-disciplinary research.  This includes collaboration with other disciplines such as social science, medical science, psychology and mathematics.