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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.