My role means that I have overall responsibility for the Department's research activity. In practice, this is a very varied role, as the research interests within the Department cover so many areas within the discipline.
Our research is at the leading-edge – the Research Assessment Exercise (REF) in 2021 ranked York's Computer Science joint 9th overall in the UK, joint 8th for Environment, joint 13th for Impact, and joint 14th for Outputs. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be internationally excellent or of world-leading standard.
The Department has a major role in several important national and international research programmes and initiatives, and we collaborate with both academic institutions and industry.
Research students are an integral part of the Department’s research community. With over 100 research students registered on our PhD and Engineering Doctorate programmes, they are each a member of one of our ten research groups.
We don’t just work on purely academic research - we are able to translate our research results into real solutions that work for all types of organisations. Examples of some of our partners include organisations such as Rolls-Royce, Volvo, Bombardier, GCHQ, Medtronic and National Air Traffic Services (NATS).
We also work across disciplines within the University of York and with other academic institutions. This includes cross-working within subjects such as biology, chemistry, law, management, psychology, philosophy and sociology.
Our dynamic new building has increased our potential for research both within and without Computer Science – our research groups have their own dedicated laboratories. We house the Interactive Home Laboratory, used by our Human-Computer Interaction research group. Here, in-depth qualitative research of the shopping, cooking and eating habits of older people is undertaken to see how technology can help people in the kitchen, amongst other projects.
We also have one of just a few light stages in the world – used by our Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition group. This allows a computer to translate objects into 3D images – to give you an example of how this might be used, the other light stage creates accurate representations of actors for Hollywood blockbusters such as Spiderman 2 and Avatar.
We welcome collaboration and the chance to put our research to the test in the real world, so please contact us if you think we can work together.
Find out who else helps to run the Department of Computer Science at York
- Professor Paul Cairns, Head of Department
- Professor Iain Bate, Deputy Head of Department with responsibility for on-campus teaching
- Dr Simon O'Keefe, Deputy Head of Department with responsibility for online teaching
- Jayne Lawrence, Deputy Head of Faculty Operations with responsibility for Professional Support Services and Strategic Planning