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Our research focusses on providing knowledge, insight and innovative technological breakthroughs that transform healthcare, education, manufacturing, the built environment and business models, promoting social cohesion and human mobility while mitigating the impacts of climate change and ageing populations and protecting against cybercrime. 

Aligned with the Government’s GCRF challenge areas and Industrial Strategy ‘Grand Challenges’, our strengths mean we can make a significant impact on the industrial and global societal challenges with our challenge-led, interdisciplinary research. 

Our excellent disciplinary digital research supports our Health strategic challenge area by pioneering new technologies for assistive technology, telehealth, robotics and AI.  It also provides knowledge, insight and innovative technological breakthroughs in Industry 4.0: the automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing.

Our work in digital futures, AI and Big Data

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Research expertise

Our multidisciplinary digital research is underpinned by a number of research groups including:

AI Social and Digital Innovation Social, economic and strategic effects of AI and associated technologies. Impact of AI and related technologies on societies, organisations and individuals.

Applied games and gaming research Interdisciplinary research via and on games from the standpoint of applied games design.

Brunel Software Engineering Lab Promoting all sides of empirical and formal investigations of software artefacts – code, formal models and human aspects.

Computational Biology Developing and applying novel methodologies for computational modelling, simulation and analysis of biological systems

Computer Science for Social Good Our group works with partners in the Global South to lead and promote interdisciplinary research in the field of computer science and social good. We focus on investigating and developing new ways and innovative technologies to address challenging socio-economic problems.

Creative Computing Multidisciplinary research at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning), serious and fun gaming, and cognitive modelling to simulate a physical world either as a virtual, augmented or mixed reality environment.

Digital Economy Focusing on international digital economy research capability in areas including cyber security, trust, identity and privacy challenges, and big data analytics.

Human Computer Interaction Investigating ways in which humans and computers can interact through intuitive interface design, understanding of human factors and multimedia.

Institute of Digital Futures Brings together digital science and technology innovation and advancement, aligned with the Grand Challenges of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, thereby enhancing the global citizen’s quality of life.

Intelligent Data Analysis Concerned with effective analysis of data involving artificial intelligence, dynamic systems, image and signal processing, optimisation, pattern recognition, statistics and visualisation.

Intelligent Digital Economy and Society Research into intelligent digital economy and society using AI, data analytics, 6G, media, human-machine interaction, digital games, augmented and virtual reality, digital twins, IoTs, cyber security, data & information fusion.

Interactive Multimedia Systems Building sensor and media-rich, cross-layer, inclusive e-systems, with an interest in human-machine interaction, sensorial-based interfaces, data visualisation and multimedia.

Living avatars Uniquely interdisciplinary approach to better understand the social, cognitive, and political impacts of avatar use.

Media Communication Conducting, promoting and disseminating world-class research in the expanding area of Media Communications systems and technologies.

Modelling and Simulation Investigating how modelling and simulation can be supported by research into high-performance computing, e-infrastructures, cyberinfrastructures, cloud computing and web-based simulation.

Smart Technology Advancements in Health and Rehabilitation Data science/wearable technology and Rehabilitation; Haptic feedback, multi-sensory interfacing and Robotics in Health; Immersion and Engagement in Virtual Rehabilitation; TeleHealth/TeleRehab; Data: using AI and Machine learning to improve health.

Digital Futures, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data