Whilst computers are now commonplace, there are still significant challenges at the heart of the discipline, including novel forms of computation, e.g. quantum and biologically inspired, and development and assurance of large-scale systems. However, many of the challenges are interdisciplinary, and in the interaction of computing with other technologies; in recognition of this the Department has joint appointments with Biology and Electronics, and working links with disciplines as diverse as Mathematics, Medieval studies and Psychology.
The Department of Computer Science at York carries out fundamental research which is setting the agenda in the discipline; it also works extensively with industry, translating research results into usable solutions. Increasingly the Department's work is interdisciplinary.
The research group structure is flexible, to respond to new research opportunities. The following research groups have been recently set up:
For more information about our research groups please visit the research groups page.
The department has active research links with other York departments: Biology (joint RCUK Fellowship); Biology and Electronics (Centre for Complex Systems Analysis); Chemistry (joint EPSRC studentship); Electronics (joint readership in Bio-inspired Computing); Mathematics (two EPSRC MathFIT grants); Medieval Studies (scribe identification project); Psychology (the SRIF3/Wolfson £5.2M York Neuroimaging Centre, and joint work on face recognition); Psychology and Electronics (Centre for Usable Home Technologies).
The Department also has wider interdisciplinary links:
The University has maintained a consistent policy of investing in Computer Science. This can be seen in our move to the new campus expansion at Heslington East, where we are now housed in purpose-built accommodation. Our new facilities help to promote interdisciplinary work further, including housing the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis, of which some of our academics are a part.