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School of Computing

Our research

Our research ranges from breakthrough results in the theoretical foundations of computer science through to highly applied computational modelling and systems engineering, carried out in collaboration with leading companies.

We have an established track record for delivering high quality research with over 85% of research activity rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

Over the past seven years we have attracted grants from each of the seven UK Research Councils, government departments, the European Union and many industrial sources. We have also created the Yorkshire Computing Network to broaden our channels of knowledge transfer to industry and public sector organisations, and host community-building meetings.

Current research is carried out within two Institutes.

Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Biological systems, which covers the following research themes:

Institute for Computational and Systems Science, which covers the following research themes:

The School is home to a large community of research staff and students, with over 30 research staff and 70 research students working within dedicated research laboratories.

The Research Themes are led by senior staff who are internationally recognised leaders in their field, and each one runs an active series of research meetings and seminars.

School events Date/Time
School Research Colloquia 12pm Friday (during term time)
Postgraduate Forum 4pm Thursday (monthly)
Research theme events Date/Time
Artificial Intelligence 1pm Thursday
Applied Computing in Biology, Medicine and Health 1pm Thursday
Algorithms and Complexity Research Theme 4pm Wednesday
Computational Science and Engineering 3pm Thursday (visualization)
2pm Friday (general)
Distributed Systems and Services 2pm Thursday

Research papers and reports

We have an international reputation for the quality of our research activities.


Research Excellence Framework 2014
Unit of assessment: Computer Science and Informatics
  • 3.17 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research having either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 86% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 77.9% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent

Research degrees

Computing PGR

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.

Data Analytics

Big data

We contribute to the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.



We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research brochure


Download a copy of our research brochure.