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Research & Impact

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The School of Computer Science & Informatics has a longstanding, strong and dynamic research culture. It is this culture that has given rise to its international reputation for world-class research in the areas of distributed & scientific computing, informatics and visual computing. The School's multidisciplinary research continues to have a positive impact in areas as diverse as healthcare, mobile communications and the environment.

Research Success

The School has collaborative research arrangements with partners worldwide and this international strength is reflected in its performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Of the research submitted, 70% was considered to be in the two highest categories, with 20% in the highest 4* category of world-leading and 50% in the 3* category of internationally excellent. In terms of the proportion of 4* and 3* research, the School is ranked joint 18th in the UK out of 81 submissions.

Multidisciplinary Impact

Knowledge and expertise in each area is being applied in innovative ways to help drive forward the research agenda and help our industrial and public sector partners solve problems. Our work is therefore having an impact in a number of diverse areas such as healthcare (patient record systems and information visualisation), defense, the environment (biodiversity management and geospatial information systems), telecommunications (communications network design and virtual organisations), engineering design (especially reverse engineering of solid shape) and high-performance and Grid computing (distributed processing, knowledge management and immersive visualisation).

Strong Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration

Much of our research is interdisciplinary, in collaboration with academic schools at Cardiff and other top Universities, across the full spectrum of engineering and physical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Collaborations include partnerships in the Welsh Governmen's Research Institute of Visual Computing (RIVIC), a Human Factors Technology Centre and the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS). The School welcomes the development of further partnerships with industry and the public sector. If you wish to work with us please contact Professor Alun Preece.

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Excellent Research Facilities

We maintain a range of state of the art facilities including dedicated laboratories for augmented reality, Grid and cloud computing, human factors technology, security and privacy, solid modeling and visual computing.

Sustained Funding

Our national and international funding sources include The Royal Society, The Welsh Assembly (including HEFCW), The UK government (including EPSRC, DTI and OFCOM), The European Union and others. The School’s multi-million pound research is also boosted by working with its industrial partners. These include Cancer Research Wales, IBM UK, Ordnance Survey and Wellcome Trust. Our annual research income currently averages around £2 million.

Our Research

We are a research-led School in one of the UK’s premier universities with an international reputation for world-class research in:

  • Distributed & scientific computing
  • Informatics
  • Visual computing

Our research is underpinned by HPC, Grid & cloud facilities and dedicated laboratories for:

  • Augmented reality
  • Human factors technology
  • Security & privacy
  • Solid modelling & visual computing

The School welcomes further partnerships with industry and the public sector. Our interdisciplinary and collaborative research is having an impact in diverse sectors such as healthcare, security and defence, engineering, the environment, and high-performance computing.

Business Gateway

† Cardiff University is a member of The Russell Group of Universities.


Current Major Grants & Research Projects

Project information
HolderProject TitleSourceValue (£Ks)
Dr L. Cipcigan, Professor N. Jenkins and Professor O.F. RanaEbbbs and flows of energy systems (EFES)EPSRC431.4
Mr A. HardistyENVRI - Common Operations of Environmental Research InfrastructuresEC (FP7)204.99
Professor R. Whitaker and Dr S. AllenGiaMobile: Gibabit mobile networking using incentivised operator controlled device-to-device communicationsEPSRC (via Queens University Belfast)316.6
Professor O.F. Rana, Dr P. Burnap; Professor M. Levi and Professor M. Williams (Social Sciences); Professor K. Matthews (Business) and Dr V. Knight (Mathematics)Identifying and modelling victim, business, regulatory and malware behaviours in a changing cyberthreat lanscapeEPSRC1270.7
Professor S. Bordas (Engineering), Professor R.R. Martin and Dr F.C. LangbeinIntegrating numerical simulation and geometric design technologyEuropean Commission (FP7)1032.2
Professor B.M. Brown, Professor D.W.Walker and Professor M. Marletta (Maths)Inverse Problems for Magnetic Induction TomographyEPSC538.54
Professor A.D. PreeceITA: International technology alliance in network and information sciencesIBM UK Ltd533.06
Professor J. Thomas and Professor D. Skilton (School of English, Communication, and Philosophy), Professor O. Rana and Professor P. RosinLost Visions: Retrieving the visual element of printed books from the nineteenth centuryAHRC439.96
Dr J. Shao and Dr G. LoukidesPrivacy protection in event-based data sharing and analysisRoyal Academy of Engineering515.4
Professor R.R. Martin, Professor P.L. Rosin and Dr X. SunRealistic shape from shadingEPSRC398.7
Dr X. Sun, Professor R.R. Martin and Professor P.L. RosinRobust and sensitive methods for non-rigid and partial 3D model retrievalEPSRC387.4
Dr P. Burnap, Professor O.F. Rana, Dr L. CipciganSCADA Cyber Security LifecycleEADS UK227.67

Recently Completed Research

The following research projects are winding up:

  • Biodiversity Virtual eLaboratory
  • Coordination of research e-infrasructures activities toard an international virtual environment for biodiversity (CREATIVEB)
  • Cregynog workshop on shrinking domains related topics
  • Designing Efficient Routes and Schedules for Public Transport Systems
  • Ebb and flow energy systems
  • Enriching repairing and merging taxonomies by inducing qualitative spatial representations from the web
  • Hate speech and social media: Understanding users, networks and information flows
  • Indexing for Life (I4Life)
  • Randomised controlled trial of all-Wales licensed premisesintervention to reduce alcohol-related violence
  • Social media and prediction: Crime sensing, data integration and statistical modelling
  • The advanced medical image analysis and visualization unit