Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

The Faculty of Engineering and Informatics attracts students from around the world and carries out research funded by grant-awarding bodies in the UK and EU, often in partnership with industry. This has fostered a first-class, well-equipped research environment for the benefit of our postgraduate students. The Faculty maintains an impressive reputation for quality in research. From blue skies to fundamental and application oriented cutting edge research is carried out within the three Schools of the Faculty: Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Media, Design and Technology. Leading international academics and committed scholars work within the dedicated research groups and centres.

Research in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Artificial Intelligence Research Group

The AI research group is committed to the investigation and development of new modelling, optimisation and decision support technologies, which bridge the gap between the theory and practice of optimisation.

Applied Mathematics Research Group

The work of the group covers the areas of quantum computing, discrete mathematics, space science, theory of elasticity, probability theory, statistics and reliability. The group has a very high international profile and collaborates with many universities worldwide.

The Cyber Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre draws academics from many different disciplines, including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, as well as researchers in Peace Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Management, Law and Mathematics.

Electronics, Communications and Information Systems Engineering Research Group

The mission of the Electronics, Communications and Information Systems Engineering Research Group is to advance awareness and understanding of telecommunications engineering through addressing global research challenges, transferring knowledge and developing world-wide strategic partnerships.

Energy and SMART Grid Research Group

The strategic aim of the group is building on research in Power Electronics, Power Systems, Intelligent systems, and Communications systems to develop a systems view of energy generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption, particularly seeking to develop SMART Grid technology. The SMART grid theme brings together a number of different disciplines with the objective of increasing system efficiencies whilst also encouraging market forces to participate.

Future Ubiquitous Networks

The Future Ubiquitous Networks (FUN) Research Group has an international reputation in networking research in part cular integrated communications architectural design, radio resource management, protocol design, network security, middleware design and embedded systems. A high proportion of our research is conducted in collaboration with industry and other EU universities and research institutes.


The NetPEn (Networks and  Performance Engineering) Research Group conducts advanced research towards the creation of novel analytic techniques and related algorithms for the performance modelling, evaluation and engineering of convergent multi-service networks of diverse technology, such as IP, ATM, MPLS, WLAN, Optical Networks, GSM, GPRS, UMTS & 4G Mobile Systems and the Next and Future Generation Internets (NGI & FGI).

Radio Frequency, Antennas, Propagation and Computational Electromagnetics Research Group

The group has over 20 years' research experience in the areas of antennas, propagation model, Radio Frequency design and electromagnetic computational techniques. The group has an impressively strong industry and academic track record, being well known through novel patent inventions and original research articles that are noticeable through profiles of the individual group members.

Visual Computing Research Group

Visual Computing Research Group is involved in the development of Computer Vision Systems for processing multi wavelengths satellite images, Medical Engineering (Confocal Corneal Imaging Analysis, PET Tumour Analysis, Mammography, and Intelligent Analysis of EEG/ECG Signals) and General Imaging and Machine Learning (3D facial representation, Arabic OCR, Watermarking, data mining, etc.).

Research in the School of Engineering

Advanced Material Engineering

Advanced Materials Engineering (AME) focuses on structuring advanced polymeric and biomedical materials via processing, with associated modelling.

Automotive Research Centre

Established to build on the School of Engineering's research expertise in Mechanical Engineering, bringing together staff knowledge, expertise and experience over a broad range of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering related topics.

Centre For Sustainable Environments

The Centre is home to a dedicated team of specialists, and champions two main themes, Environment and Infrastructure. The Centre’s expertise focuses upon the linked themes of composite construction, smart infrastructure and environmental impact.

Mechanical and Process Engineering

The Mechanical and Process Engineering (MPE) Research Group focuses on fundamental and applied research in the area of Mechanical, Chemical and Process Engineering.

Medical Engineering

The Medical Engineering research team at Bradford specialises in clinically orientated translational research and has a strong track record in: Clinical biomechanics; Tissue mechanics; Vision and mobility; Orthopaedics; Haemodynamics; Neurovascular disease; Epidemiological modelling; Infection control.

Research in the School of Media, Design and Technology

Centre for Visual Computing

World-class R&D in visual image data processing, bridging the business and academic worlds.

The Centre has a unique dual focus. Our research projects change the way we compute visual image data; our commercial projects address real business problems and deliver practical applications for our industry partners.

Communication, Culture and Media

A particular strength of the work of the Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) Research group is that it takes place within the Faculty of engineering and Informatics. The fact that researchers at Bradford in the field of culture, communication and media studies work so closely with colleagues in mobile telecommunications and computing is relatively unusual in UK institutions but is more common at institutions in the US and Europe. This arrangement enables and encourages innovative research in the field of new, interactive and mobile media, already showcased in research funding awarded by the European Community, UK Research Councils and the Arts Council.