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REF 2014 outcomes for EECS

REF 2014 outcomes for EECS

REF 2014 was incredibly successful for all of QMUL, the Faculty of Science and Engineering and for EECS. QMUL is ranked 9th in the UK among multi-faculty institutions placing it firmly among the very best research-led institutions in the UK.

94% of EECS research was rated 3* or 4* with a GPA of 3.252.This is a fantastic result for the School and shows the increasing strength of our research output.

Breakdown of units of assessment

Computer science and informatics

  • Computer science now ranks as 11th out of 89 eligible institutions on GPA.
  • Quality profile from 31 submitted staff and 4 impact case studies: 4* (39%); 3* (52%); 2* (8%); 1* (1%).
  • This overall profile means that 91% of our submitted research is rated 3* or 4*.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.29 up from 3.00 in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 (REF’s predecessor).

Electrical and electronic engineering, metallurgy and materials

  • Electronic engineering now ranks as 9 out of 37 institutions on GPA in this joint EE and Materials table.
  • Taking just electrical and electronic engineering submissions we rank 6th in terms of GPA.
  • Quality profile from 19 submitted staff and 3 impact case studies: 4* (20%); 3* (79%); 2* (1%); 1* (0%).
  • This overall profile means that 99% of our submitted research is rated 3* or 4*.
  • This gives a GPA of 3.19 up from 2.55 in RAE 2008.

Impact

The impact of all of the School’s submitted research was rated 3* or 4* which is a fantastic performance in this new measure and shows the QMUL’s computer science and electronic engineering research is strongly linked to real world applications.

Our seven submitted case-studies were:

  • Automatic memory safety verification for critical software: Monoidics spinout (Theory)
  • Causal Bayesian reasoning in critical decision making: the AgenaRisk commercial software (RIM)
  • Cognitive Science Research and “Chatterbox” spinout (CogSci)
  • Music Informatics and Sonic Visualiser (C4DM)
  • Measuring Actual Experience to Improve Networked Applications and Services (Networks)
  • Semantic Web for Music (C4DM)
  • Ultra wideband antennas and propagation (Antennas)

You can read more about our impact here.

In the last year our work has continued to have impact as the following examples demonstrate.

Automatic memory safety verification for critical software: Monoidics spinout (Theory)

In 2014 Prof. Dino Distefano, co-founder of Monoidics, won one of the four annual Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medals for the year. Dino is a world leader in software security, developing routines and systems to ensure that complex programs are secure and reliable and contain no hidden errors that could lead to unintended consequences. The awards recognise "an outstanding and demonstrated personal contribution to UK engineering, which is resulting in successful market exploitation, by an engineer with less than 22 years in full time employment or equivalent."

See:
http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2014/april/silver-medals-for-uks-up-and-coming-entrepreneurs
http://www.ingenia.org.uk/ingenia/issues/issue60/Five_Engineers.pdf

Royal Academy of Engineering profile:
http://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/other/profile-dino-diestefano

 

Measuring Actual Experience to Improve Networked Applications and Services (Networks)

At the end of 2013 the spin-out company Actual Experience (co-founder Prof. Jonathan Pitts) won the 2013 British Computer Society (BCS) UK IT Industry Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award. In presenting the award, the BCS recognised the companies breakthrough in Digital Supply-Chain Management – a business information tool that helps baseline, benchmark and improve the delivery of digital services to staff and customers worldwide, manage suppliers better and focus investment where it’s needed most.

See short video on the company at :

In February 2014 “Actual Experience” was floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) with an offer share value of £15.5m, which jumped to £60m at the end of the first days trading.
See http://www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/123575.html

More Information:

  • Find out about REF results across the rest of Queen Mary University of London here.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. Universities submit their work across 36 panels of assessment. Research is judged according to quality of output (65 per cent), environment (15 per cent) and, for the first time, the impact of research (20 per cent). Find out more about REF here.
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