Work in computer science and informatics at the University of Plymouth falls into two groups:
Centre for Interactive Intelligent Systems (CIIS) whose work is detailed on this website
Centre for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience (CTCN). For information on CTCN, please use this link: http://www.research.plymouth.ac.uk/ctcn (links to another website)
The Centre for Interactive Intelligent Systems (CIIS) is addressing the increasing need for:
- The scientific investigation of the interaction between humans and machines
- The design of innovative computing and IT systems that require different approaches to systems architecture and interaction.
Our research activity often involves robotics experiments and computer simulations that provide virtual realities for simulated agents, addressing a number of issues in complex adaptive systems, such as cognition, origins of language, evolution of music and information visualisation.
In addition to computer modelling, CIIS is actively engaged in the development of new technology inspired by biological systems for sensing, managing and displaying information, including cognitive robotics, biologically-inspired vision systems, natural language interfaces, gestural musical interfaces, and techniques for visualization of complex information.
Research at the CIIS and CTCN centres has been recently rated as of world leading standards in the recent evaluation of UK academia (RAE2008). Overall, 100% of the research was judged as being of international repute, with 25% of work recognised as of world leading value. This puts Plymouth among the top 15 UK universities for computer science and informatics research.
From September 2009, the CIIS and the CTCN centre will merge to establish the new Centre for Roboics and Neural Systems (CRNS).