These eight societal challenges are key drivers of our technical research:
- An internet for one trillion users
- The majority of internet users are no longer human – our networks research will underpin internet architecture to support the huge flow of traffic from autonomous devices.
Our privacy researchers devise protocols that make the internet safe in sensitive applications such as finance and health.
- Computer programs that always work
- Critical applications in finance, aerospace or medicine must not fail – but traditional software development and maintenance can’t avoid bugs.
Our work on verification logics, system design and automatic fault-correction ensures the correct and efficient implementation of evolving software systems.
- Individualised healthcare
Personalised medicine identifies risks or interventions based on an individual’s profile.
Our work on medical imaging and data analysis enables the precise matching of patients to treatment, identifying groups for effective drug trials. Digital health research empowers individuals to monitor and maintain well-being.
- Beyond human capability
- With robots and AI outperforming humans in fields from game-playing to manufacturing, our work on autonomous systems develops robots and computationally intelligent algorithms for areas including surgery and agriculture.
Our machine-learning researchers devise algorithms to replicate and surpass human intelligence – their ideas will touch every aspect of the society of the future.
- A stable and secure economy
- The digital economy has enabled radically new ways to trade – but it has also brought risks to market integrity and stability.
Our work on financial computing and analytics enables rapid trading while highlighting risk.
Research on privacy and security means digital trading can be carried out with confidence.
Along with research on data-driven policy-making, these developments support new market models with digital assets and peer-to-peer economy.
- Beyond the real world
- Virtual and augmented reality touch almost all areas of human life, supporting social interaction and enhancing individual capability.
Our work in computer graphics, vision, and imaging enables immersive experiences that are as real as the real thing.
In computer interaction, our research ensures both benefit and comfort for the human user.
- Computing on a shoestring
- Computer technology has as much to offer to the developing world as it does to developed countries.
Our work in ubiquitous computing brings reliable communication and sensor networks to impoverished locations.
We bring together multi-disciplinary teams to meet global challenges, tackling inequality and achieving development goals.
- Computing the Universe
- Alternative computing platforms could break the limits of calculations possible using traditional silicon computers, conjuring the possibility of simulating the universe or predicting the financial market.
Our work on quantum computing, biological computing and large-scale cluster computing designs algorithms to exploit these future platforms.