Research Groups and Centres
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is a world-class centre of expertise in algorithms, data analytics, data management, experimental data science, knowledge representation, and verification. We engage in a broad spectrum of both fundamental and applied research. We host two interdisciplinary research centres, the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab and the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 32% of our research outputs was rated as world-leading (the highest possible category, placing us 11th out of 89 in the UK) and 45.1% as internationally excellent.
There are three main research groups in the Department: Algorithms, Software and Verification; Experimental Data Science; and Knowledge Representation and Data Management. These groups form the focus for our discipline-specific research. In addition, informal interest groups emerge and evolve over time within and between these main groups, for example in search engine technology, sensor networks, semantic web, computer vision, cluster analysis, adaptive systems and learning environments.
The AVS group investigates theoretical approaches to coping with computational intractability as well as their applications to real-world tasks such as software verification and scheduling. Our methodologies include parameterisation, approximation, randomisation, heuristics, satisfiability encodings, and the use of neural networks.
The Birkbeck Knowledge Lab is a unique collaboration of experts from computer science, education, psychology, language, museum studies, cultural heritage, information systems and organisational psychology, exploring the ways in which digital technologies and digital information are transforming our learning, working and cultural lives.
The Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics was founded to develop interdisciplinary research in Data Analytics and Data Science. It provides the focus, and a platform for research, that combines expertise in Computer Science with domain-specific requirements and knowledge arising from across all areas of research at Birkbeck, including the Sciences, Social Sciences, Economics and Humanities.