The Department of Computing at Imperial College London employs over 50 full time academic staff and approximately 100 research assistants, and has a population of over 130 postgraduate research students. In the UK Government rating system it was ranked 2nd UK-wide in the most recent RAE (2008) and received a 5* rating (the highest) in the previous RAE (2001). Its main research areas are computer systems, human-centred computing, logic & artificial intelligence, theory of computational systems, quantitative analysis & optimisation, distributed software engineering and visual information processing.

The key objectives of the Department are:

  • To extend our knowledge of the underlying theory and foundations of Computer Science.
  • To develop and apply sound and useful computing technology and techniques to meet evolving needs and opportunities in science, society, and industry.
  • To foster inter-disciplinary research collaboration to maximise research opportunities and scientific transfer.
  • To use our research foundation to inform and inspire our various teaching programmes.

The research in the Department is organised into seven themes, each reflecting common research interests. Over 30 research groups provide the infrastructure for targeted research and support for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.

  Research Strategy Map

Our mission is to develop world-leading foundational research in Computer Science and to translate key aspects of it in areas of particular societal importance, including the digital economy, healthcare, energy, and novel forms of manufacturing.

The Department's research activities are supported by funding from the UK research councils, the Royal Society, the European Commission and numerous private companies.  This has helped to attract a large number of world-class postdoctoral researchers and PhD students, creating a vibrant and stimulating environment for Computing research. 

For information about research interests of individual members of staff see our research groups under each theme.