Research in the Department of Computing

We are involved in a broad range of research areas, ranging across the Department's four research groups of Digital Ecosystems (DE), Formal Methods and Security (FMS), Multimedia, Security & Forensics (MSF), and Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE), the University-wide Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS) and Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB) (co-)led by the Department, and with links to the School of Arts' Digital World Research Centre (DWRC). The Department has a strong research culture and a growing research profile, and we have won several prizes, including the University Voting Systems Competition System Design award in 2007, and the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation in Engineering Security award in 2006.

We have a tradition of exploitation and practical application, and we enjoy strong research links with industry. We have a vibrant and active PhD community, and regularly host research visitors and speakers. The Department runs an annual PhD conference series. Below are some pictures from the most recent edition of the event in 2014. A blog article on the 2014 Computing PhD Conference can be found at here. A more complete record of previous Computing PhD Conferences can be found here.

11th Computing PhD Conference

Our Reputation

SJTU Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in Computer Science 2012 and 2013:
Top 10 in the UK
Top 150 in the world

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF):
60% of research by Department of Computing rated world-leading or internationally excellent
Surrey has risen to 22nd place among 106 institutions for ‘Research Power’

Digital Ecosystems (DE)

Theories and techniques for high quality complex reactive systems and new generations of pervasive computer systems.

Formal Methods and Security (FMS)

New technologies for security- and safety-critical domains, ranging from trustworthy voting systems, to formal methods integration for software systems development, and formal models for UML.

Multimedia, Security and Forensics (MSF)

Interplay among three areas: multimedia computing, cyber security and digital forensics.

Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE)

Developing computational models and algorithms inspired from natural intelligence found in physical, chemical, social and biological systems.

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS)

A university wide research centre led by researchers of the Department of Computing and involving all four research groups of the Department. Aims to promote collaboration of researchers from the whole university on different aspects of cyber security research.

Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB)

A interdisciplinary research centre representing the expertise of the University as a whole in mathematical modelling and computational analysis of big data in contemporary biology. The Department of Computing is a core part of the centre memberships and co-coordinating its management.

Digital World Research Centre (DWRC)

A multi-disciplinary research centre within the School of Arts. Aims to understand and transform communication through digital media. Has links with the Department of Computing in research areas like human-computer interface, multimedia computing and information visualisation.

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