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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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