UCL Computer Science



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



    Research groups

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

    UCL Robotics lab showing a robotic arm and two people in conversation at a computer

    Research labs

    Our research labs are smaller teams of researchers that focus on high-quality research and collaborative projects in a specific area of study.


    Research centres

    Research centres and institutes are large scale interdisciplinary teams established by UCL or across institutions. They support UCL in advancing its broad disciplinary strengths.

    Research Excellence

    UCL 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 us second in the UK for research power and first in England.
    • Over 80% of our Impact case studies were rated ‘outstanding’ (4*) and 100% were rated either ‘outstanding’ (4*) or having ‘very considerable impact’ (3*). 

    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.