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Research

Our research has a lasting impact on multiple areas of society – it models the world around us and is driven by these key challenges:
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    Research groups

    Our research groups are strong, broad-based, disciplinary teams associated with laboratories, which frame the focus for strategic development within the department.

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    Research centres

    Research centres are large scale interdisciplinary teams established by UCL or across institutions. These centres support UCL to advance its broad disciplinary strengths.

    The Alan Turing Institute

    UCL Computer Science plays a key role in the relationship between UCL and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK National Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. UCL is a founding member and joint-venture partner of the Turing. Our academics, researchers and PhD students are involved in several projects in a variety of fields from Security & Privacy to Machine Learning, from Digital Health to AI fairness. Find out more about UCL and the Alan Turing Institute.


    Research Excellence

    The UCL Department of Computer Science is at the global forefront of experimental computer science research, focusing on real-world data and computer and software systems and their use.

    • Our approach emphasises methodological rigour and reproducibility, determining our strategy and underpinning our research education. 
    • The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutes, ranked the department top in its most recent evaluation.
    • The REF ranked 96% of its research as internationally excellent, with 61% found to be world-leading.