Department of Computer Science

About us

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science.

We are an active department within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, with 20 academic staff (more to join in future) and around 400 students at all levels from undergraduate through to PhD.

We are proud of our reputation as a friendly department and aim to provide a supportive environment for our student population.

Teaching and learning

Our degree programmes and all-round student experience is highly rated in the national student survey and league table results. Our undergraduate and MSc degree programmes are stimulating and challenging with a high level of practical content, and we are constantly exploring the use of new technology in lectures, such as podcasts and e-voting handsets, to support greater interactivity, accessibility, and enjoyment of lectures. We also organise extra-curricular activity for those who want to explore other aspects of computing in more depth, while we support local schools and colleges to bring some of the exciting aspects of computing to school pupils.

Research interests

Our research interests are many and varied, ranging across the Department's research groups of Secure Systems and Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering. 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.

Many of our academics have received recognition from at least one professional society - find out more.

Part of the academic community

Academics of the Department have also been involved in organisation committees and technical programme committees of numerous international scientific conferences and workshops, e.g. in 2009 Prof Anthony TS Ho was chairing the IWDW 2009 workshop at Surrey, in 2013 the Department chaired three conferences/workshops (UKCI 2013, Vote-ID 2013 and AVOCS 2013) at Surrey and another one (MLSP 2013) in Southampton, in 2016 the Department hosted ACNS 2016, and in 2019 the Department will co-organise ICASSP (International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing), one of the largest international scientific conferences technically sponsored by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the largest professional association in the world with more than 400,000 members worldwide).