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The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science is a centre of cutting-edge and world-class research. As a PhD student in the School you're not only in that environment, but part of it.

We have internationally leading research groups in the areas of:

We received excellent results in the REF2014 evaluation of UK research excellence. For Electronic Engineering we were rated 9th out of 37 institutions, and for Computer Science 11th out of 89 ( more details).

The School continues to build upon its research with a number of major successes. We have a community of more than 200 PhD students and 50 postdoctoral researchers, a current active grant portfolio of £38 million, with £30 from the EPSRC, placing Queen Mary in the Top 22 of EPSRC funded institutions. Three of our research groups hold prestigious EPSRC Platform Grants. These 5-year grants are only awarded to groups with an internationally-leading reputation and a high international profile. In addition we hold a number of large grants such as the recently awarded (2011) £4.6m EPSRC Programme grant QUEST (The Quest for Ultimate Electromagnetics using Spatial Transformations) which leads a team of researchers from University of Oxford (Materials) and Exeter University (Physics).

The Centre for Digital Music operates a £6 million doctoral training centre for Media and Arts Technology. This innovative programme provides ten 4-year PhD scholarships to home students for five years and is part of a £250 million strategic initiative funded by EPSRC and was recently renewed for a further 5 years.

Our leading performance has been recognised by the College with a major HEFCE CIF (Capital Infrastructure Funds) research facilities investment of £2 million in Media and Arts Tech Studios, major refurbishment of the Antennas Laboratory and a new School Admin Centre. During recent years we have invested in 14 new academic staff (including 3 new Chairs) in the areas of: Digital Media (Vision/Video, Digital Music, Social), Networks (Wired, wireless, HPC/Cloud), Machine Learning and Intelligence, Antennas, Computer Theory.

Our staff have been recognised by major awards and fellowships including:

  • 2011 IET's Mountbatten Medal to Peter McOwan for excellence in communicating computer science to diverse audiences.
  • 2012 BCS Roger Needham Award to Dino Distefano for his work on software verification.
  • 2012 Ursula Martin awarded a CBE for ‘services to computer science’ in the Queen’s New Year Honours List
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  The School strongly promotes interdisciplinary research and we are currently working with:
  • Psychologists developing mathematical models of human vision, music perception and human errors in software
  • Biologists decoding genome data and understanding cell deformation
  • Chemists developing Radio Frequency assisted chemistry
  • Musicians and actors producing better music and performance
  • Mathematicians developing theories of network traffic and other complex interacting systems
  • Medical researchers designing new monitoring techniques and decision making strategies and better instrument HCI
  • Lawyers to find ways to simplify risk and probability to juries

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