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Centres and groups

AI@Surrey brings together a cross-disciplinary network of centres and groups leading AI related research and applications.

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

The Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processings vision is to create machines that can see and hear to understand the world around them, enabling AI applications for the benefit of society. Research in the Centre has led to pioneering technology and award-winning spin-out companies in the biometric, communication, medical and creative industries.

Contact: Prof. Adrian Hilton


Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering Research Group (NICE)

NICE, a research group within Surrey’s Department of Computer Science, develops computational models and algorithms inspired from natural intelligence found in physical, chemical, social and biological systems to solve practical problems across many sectors.

Contact: Prof. Yaochu Jin

Astrophysics Research Group

Surrey’s Astrophysics Research Group within the Department of Physics works on key problems from the smallest to the largest scales – including the formation of stars and galaxies, the evolution of the Milky Way, dark matter and dark energy, formation and evolution of supermassive black holes, sources of gravitational waves.

Contact: Prof. Justin Read

Brain and Behaviour Research Group

The Brain and Behaviour Research Group within Surrey’s School of Psychology explores multiple aspects of cognition and behaviour across the lifespan in both non-clinical and clinical populations.

Contact: Prof. Annette Sterr

Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES)

Established at Surrey in 1992, CES is an internationally-acclaimed centre of excellence on sustainable development, and has significant influence on the development of industrial ecology, systems analysis for sustainability, and policies designed to help society to live sustainably.

Contact: Prof. Richard Murphy

Centre for International Intervention

The Centre for International Intervention, a research centre within Surrey’s Department of Politics, operates at the intersection of academia, government, private sector and third sector, providing a forum for research, discussion, and education around international intervention.

Contact: Dr Alex Leveringhaus

Centre for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB)

CMCB is a multidisciplinary centre bringing together researchers who develop and deploy mathematical and computational methods to advance research and practical applications in the life sciences and medicine.



Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS)

Based in Surrey’s Department of Sociology, CRESS is a multidisciplinary centre bringing together the social sciences, software engineering and agent-based computing to promote and support the use of social simulation in research in the human sciences.

Contact: Prof. Nigel Gilbert

Centre for Translation Studies (CTS)

CTS, within Surrey’s School of Literature and Languages, is focused on achieving an effect on the real world by integrating new technologies into the professional practice of translating and interpreting, and addressing changing communication needs in the light of global migration.

Contact: Prof. Sabine Braun

Centre of Digital Economy (CoDE)

CoDE, a research centre within Surrey Business School, is focused on leveraging the opportunities created by the digital economy to enhance society and enrich human life.

Contact: Prof. Annabelle Gawer

Digital Health Research Theme

The vision of the Digital Health Research Theme within Surrey’s School of Health Sciences is to lead collaborative research in order to create health technologies that are accessible for patients and their families; and to demonstrate evidence of improvements in health, well-being and social care outcomes.

Contact: Dr Jo Armes

Digital Visitor Economy Research Group

The Digital Visitor Economy Research Group, within Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, provides rigorous and critical scientific foundation to deliver value to the visitor economy of tomorrow. It focuses on the digital transformation in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector, smart systems.

Contact: Prof. Caroline Scarles

Digital World Research Centre (DWRC)

DWRC, within the University’s Department of Music and Media, carries out new media innovation projects with social and cultural benefit by conducting interdisciplinary research into new media platforms, content and experiences.

Contact: Prof. David Frohlich

Finance and Accounting

Surrey Business School’s Department of Finance and Accounting is working in partnership with government and financial organisations to identify how AI is changing the financial services industry.

Contact:  Prof. Bonnie Buchanan

Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre

Based in the School of Psychology, the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre brings together researchers from psychology, nutrition, food safety and management in order to address issues concerned with food and health, especially as it pertains to consumer behaviour.

Contact: Prof. Monique Raats

Hospitality and Tourism

To tackle the social, economic and ethical problems arising from the use of AI technologies across the sector, Surrey’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – the leading School of its type in the UK – has launched several streams of research activity.

Contact: Prof. iis Tussyadiah

Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) and 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC)

ICS is the UK's largest and most well-known academic research centre in mobile and satellite communication systems. It hosts the 5GIC which brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a shared vision to help define and develop the 5G infrastructure.

Contact: Prof. Ning Wang

Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group

The Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group, part of Surrey’s Department of Physics and Advanced Technology Institute, focuses on exploring and exploiting the interaction of light with matter. Its theoretical and experimental researchers study topics such as the effects of deformation, spin-dependent forces and gamma ray spectroscopy.

Contact: Dr Marian Florescu

Space Technology for Autonomous systems and Robotics (STAR Lab)

The STAR Lab within Surrey Space Centre leads Surrey's involvement within the UK-RAS Network and hosts the Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub, which is pushing the boundaries of AI robotics for future space utilisation and exploration.

Contact: Prof. Yang Gao

Surrey Blockchain

Surrey Blockchain is the hub of the University’s research in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) technologies, backed by over £3m from UKRI/EPSRC. Uniquely, its research fuses Blockchain and AI to enable new solutions in sectors such as healthcare and public archiving.

Contact: Prof. John Collomosse

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS)

SCCS consolidates activities in cyber security across the University of Surrey and is one of 17 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) recognised by the UK National Cyber Security Centre.

Contact: Prof. Steve Schneider

Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy (SCLP)

SCLP promotes interdisciplinary research within the University’s School of Law founded on the idea that legal inquiry and philosophical theorizing are mutually reinforcing pursuits, examining ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks for emerging technologies such as AI.

Contact: Prof. Ryan Abbott

Surrey Sleep Research Centre (SSRC)

SSRC is home to forward-thinking multidisciplinary approaches to pre-clinical and clinical sleep research, using a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment to monitor, record and analyse sleep patterns and sleep disorders.

Contact: Prof. Derk-Jan Dijk

Veterinary Health Innovation Engine (vHive)

vHive is an innovation hub within Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine dedicated to the development and adoption of new digital technologies in animal health.

Contact: Prof. Alasdair Cook

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