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Research & Impact

Dr D Marshall looks a an animated model of his own face.

Realistic facial dynamics for animation.

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.

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:

  • 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.

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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
Professor R. Whitaker and Dr S. AllenGigamobile: Gigabit 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
Dr M. Mourshed, Professor Rezgui, Dr L. Cipcigan and Professor O. RanaMAS2TERING: Multi-Agent Systems and Secured coupling of Telecom and Energy gRIds for Next Generation smartgrid servicesEC368.38
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:

  • After Woolwich: Social reactions on social media
  • An innovative private cloud system to support multi-business collaboration
  • CAT-D UI Work Package
  • Clouds4cooridnation: Cloud based project coordination in the AEC sector
  • Field experiment using the 'Sentinel' social media analytics tool developed by Cardiff University to inform the police and partner response to events surrounding Halloween and Bonfire Night in South Wales
  • Improvements in and relating to animation techniques
  • ITA: International technology alliance in network and information sciences
  • Lost Visions: Retrieving the visual element of printed books from the nineteenth century
  • Network of excellence in internet science
  • Optimal control technologies in quantum information processing
  • Research Network: Analysis on Graphs
  • Robust and sensitive methods for non-rigid and partial 3D model retrieval
  • Soft Facts: Social medial and spontaneous community mobilisation: The role of rumours after major crime events
  • Tackling Radicalisation in Dispersed Societies
  • To develop an intelligent (predictive), automated, enterprise-wide service-oriented remote IT asset managment system to reduce downtime and improve customer reporting and trust