The Department is involved in the university-wide Research Themes. These are a University of Bristol strategy to help focus strategic investments into areas in which Bristol is, or can be, world-leading. In particular, we are heavily involved in driving the agendas behind several themes:
Together with the Department of Electronic Engineering, it carries out a number of projects through 3CR, a University Innovation Centre initially funded by the DTI but now self-supporting. 3CR is a non-profit company with many Industrial partners including:
David May chairs its Board.
We currently collaborate with numerous academic organisations in the UK and around the world, including:
Recent developments include our UK partnership with Bath, Southampton and Surrey and the associated international partnership with San-Diego via Set-Squared, our WUN partnerships with a number of leading international Universities, such as Bergen, Urbana-Champaign, Nanjing, Washington State and Wisconsin at Madison.
Funding for our research comes from a variety of sources including EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, SSRC, MRC, EU, DTI and Industry. We are committed to inter-disciplinary academic research and applied research with industrial partners. To this end, we have pursued a strategy of employing energetic new staff with interests in areas such as neuroscience, quantum information, robotics, and biologically-inspired computing. In Bristol, we are fortunate in that our nearby industry includes computing (Hewlett Packard), Microelectronics (ST, Infineon, Broadcom and Icera) and media (BBC, Granada, 422, Aardman). The activities of each of our research groups involve visiting industrial staff. At present there are 20 of these drawn from various companies drawn from the list above and others.