Access Our Research Staff


Over 80 full-time academic and research staff and 100 research students have been attracted to Lancaster from all over the world.  By working with our School of Computing and Communications (SCC) academic and research community, partner organisations gain access to world-class research with high impact. 

Across all our activities, we share a strong practical ethos in our research that is driven by an understanding of real-world challenges and development and experimental evaluation of systems.

The School's research output spans several major sub-fields of our discipline, including Communications and NetworkingInteractive Systems, Pervasive SystemsSoftware Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. The School has identified three interdisciplinary areas as key growth areas: Data Science, Cybersecurity and Digital Health. We actively pursue research agendas that cut across traditional field boundaries to achieve transformative developments in several sub-fields simultaneously and are driven by real world challenge and benefit.

Communication Systems

Lancaster's Communication Systems Research Group focuses on the design, analysis and optimisation of future communication systems.

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Data Science

Data Science focuses on new methods, algorithms and applications of transforming data in real-time and autonomously to meet real-world needs.

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Distributed Systems

Distributed systems are becoming increasingly complex, encompassing areas of technological innovation including cloud computing, multi-core architectures, the Internet of Things and mobile computing.

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Interactive Systems

The Interactive Systems Laboratory is focused on innovations in Human-Computer Interaction. We come together from different fields including computer science, vision, graphics, machine learning and engineering to develop advances in mobile, pervasive and interactive technologies.

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The Networking group have a diverse range of interests, from cutting-edge computer networking technologies to understanding new deployment context.

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Pervasive Systems

The Pervasive Computing group at Lancaster conducts world-class research into the the design, development, deployment and evaluation of mobile and pervasive computing systems.

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Our activities deliver ground-breaking research and postgraduate training through programmes as diverse as an MA in conflict, development and security and an MSc in cyber security.

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Software Engineering

Software Engineering (SE) has been a major research theme at Lancaster since 1986. In the 2010s our high-impact research spans the range from tool development to theoretical work and focuses on a number of SE themes.

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Our research is recognized for its exceptional quality and international reputation. The UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 overall ranked us 12th in the UK for Computer Science, with 91% of our research rated as world leading or internationally excellent (and 7th in the UK for producing work in these two categories). An International Review of UK Computer Science cited us as one of only a handful of centres undertaking "leading edge systems research".

Our research is supported by grants from the UK Research Councils, the European Commission and industrial sponsors. The total value of our current grants exceeds £12M. Our grant portfolio reflects our commitment to collaborative research, including on an international scale.

Work with our researchers

SCC staff can provide partner organisations with consultancy and advice to address specific technical problems. Alternatively, collaborative research projects can be developed through discussion with SCC academic and research staff facilitated by the Business Partnerships and Enterprise Team. Contact SCC's Business Partnerships Managers to discuss the possible options and we'll link you up with the right experts.