The University of Southampton

Our research

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for world-leading research across computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering. 

Key facts: Research Excellence Framework 2021

Top 5% in the UK for quality (GPA) and power in engineering.

96% of our research outputs rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in engineering and 95% for computer science.

100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading.

100% of our environment for research is recognised as world-leading for computer science.

Our superb facilities include:

Research takes place in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment, organsied across globally important research groups and national research centres. With over 550 researchers from many different subject backgrounds, the research culture in ECS is fast-changing and dynamic.

Examples of technologies in which ECS research has been fundamentally transformative in recent years include:

  • agent technologies
  • digital libraries
  • environmental modelling
  • e-science
  • high voltage engineering
  • machine learning
  • spintronics
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • web science

ECS also incorporates two doctoral training centres – in web science and artificial intelligence.

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