School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Our Research

Today's research, tomorrow's world

We have an international reputation for the outstanding quality of our research which is grouped into two themes: artificial intelligence and communications systems. 

In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, more than two-thirds of our computer science research was classed as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)..

With three research centres, our Institute for Analytics and Data Science, and six research groups, at Essex we carry out ground-breaking work in our specialist fields. Our research is interdisciplinary, with strong connections with other departments across the university, and is supported by our extensive range of research laboratories and facilities.

We actively encourage our research students to join one of our groups, giving them access to the latest work in their area of interest and helping foster a culture of collaborative research.

Centres and Institutes

Our Centres and Institutes carry out interdisciplinary research across the university and the wider world, pushing the boundaries of specialist areas within computer science and engineering.

Research groups

Academics in our department are members of at least one of our research groups, which reflect some of the key research themes in computer science and engineering across the world. We work together to bring new insights and expertise in to our research, creating solutions to some of the biggest technological problems of our time.

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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, PGR opportunities including research supervision and areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Highlights of our research

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships bring together academics and business owners, which gives our research a chance to demonstrate impact through improvements to business services.

Some of our KTP highlights include:

Research showcase

From the impact of big data on personal privacy to using crowd sourcing for evidence of human rights abuses, our research is interdisciplinary and has the potential to improve lives across the globe.

Our research and COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, academics from our School came together to work on a range of projects aimed at how to help society through the pandemic, from supporting hospitals to reducing food waste.

We have collaborated with colleagues across the University and the wider academic world on projects such as:

Contact us
Department Director of Research Professor Hani Hagras
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ