School of Computer Science

Research introduction


The School of Computer Science was established 30 years ago and is firmly established as a leading centre for Computer Science research. Our world-leading research tackles difficult real-world problems that often have high impact on industry, commerce and the public. It involves a shared ethos of "computing in the world" in which fundamental advances in Computer Science are connected to knowledge and methods from other disciplines to enable deep collaborations with research users in diverse sectors. 

We organise our research through 7 research groups who cover many sub-disciplines of Computer Science.  Our research covers a diverse range of interdisciplinary areas, informs our teaching and has strong links with industry.

Research Groups




Agents Lab:

Research in the Agents Lab spans the specification, design and implementation of agent-based systems, including logics for agents, agent programming and verification, and the application of agents in simulation and virtual environments.

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Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Group (ASAP): The ASAP research group carries out multi-disciplinary research into mathematical models and algorithms for a variety of real-world optimisation problems under uncertainty.



Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL):

The CVL performs basic and applied research in image manipulation, analysis and computer vision. Our goals are to develop novel and efficient techniques for the extraction of quantitative descriptions of viewed objects from a variety of images and image sequences, and to translate those techniques into high quality software tools that can be used to address real world problems.


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Functional Programming Lab (FPL):

The aim of the FPL is to develop simple but powerful techniques for writing and reasoning about programs, by recognising and exploiting their underlying mathematical structure.

Intelligent Modelling and Analysis (IMA):

The IMA group has established itself as a unique brand in the UK for end-to-end data modelling and analysis. We are a highly inter-disciplinary research group focusing on the development of models and techniques for real-world and multifaceted problems in data analysis.


Mixed Reality Laboratory
Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL):

The MRL is a dedicated studio facility within The University of Nottingham where computer scientists, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, architects and artists collaborate to explore the potential of ubiquitous, mobile and mixed reality technologies to shape everyday life.



Interdisciplinary Research

The impact of the School’s research is enhanced through interdisciplinary research.


Research Opportunities

Further information about the School’s postgraduate research programme is available here.


Research in Malaysia

The School's research activity at the Malaysia Campus is focused on the investigation and development of Intelligent Computing Systems

Research Administration and Support Team

The Research Administration and Support Team for the School of Computer Science can be contacted at for general queries about our research.

School of Computer Science

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4251
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 4254