Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
Advanced Materials Engineering
Advanced Materials Engineering (AME) focus is on structuring advanced polymeric and biomedical materials via processing, with associated modelling, for:
- high added-value products and methodologies and therapies aimed primarily at health and wellbeing
- resource efficient materials, enhancing the value of feedstocks
Located in the world-class 4000 square foot Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre at Bradford, AME builds on decades of Polymer IRC research and knowledge transfer strengths whilst utilising its leading edge facilities. It is lead by Professor Phil Coates, FREng who is also the Director of the UK Polymer IRC UK network.
The Applied Computing Research Unit has established track record in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Visual Computing, Image Processing, Big Data, Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things and Mobile Applications.
Members of the research unit have been engaged in the delivery of cutting edge technology, advancing the state-of-the-art and delivering innovative computer systems for SMEs and large industries (e.g. ESA, NASA, NHS, Yorkshire Water).
Automotive Research Centre
The Centre was established by the University of Bradford in January 2010 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 with a focus on CO2 reduction in the road transport sector.
Within the Automotive Research Centre are a number of sub-groups specialising in the following areas:
The Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology (Polymer MNT)
Polymer MNT is a world-class facility within the Polymer IRC laboratories at the University of Bradford. The Centre is leading research in polymer science, from polymer processing to simulation, characterisation and measurement techniques.
Our collaborative network is an interdisciplinary partnership with colleagues from academia and industry. The Centre allows access to equipment and expertise that facilitate high value manufacturing and characterisation for all sizes companies. This is a unique feature of the Centre and contributed significantly to the research success, helping to explore new research avenues.
Centre For Sustainable Environments
The Centre is home to a dedicated team of specialists, and champions two main themes, Environment and Infrastructure. These research themes address directly the 21st century challenges facing the civil engineering profession – reducing waste and developing more sustainable construction materials. To address these challenges the Centre’s expertise focuses upon the linked themes of composite construction, smart infrastructure and environmental impact.
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.
Core research areas include: Electrodiagnostics, Specialised Visual Assessments, Ocular Imaging, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Human Visual Perception, Computer Based Simulation, Applied Digital Imaging, Virtual Reality and Visualisation.
Communication, Culture and Media
Researchers at Bradford in the field of Communication, Culture and Media studies work closely with colleagues in mobile telecommunications and computing. The Faculty of Engineering and Informatics has unique facilities to support practice-based research, such as our 14-camera motion capture suite, which is usually used commercially to translate the movements of human actors into the actions of animated characters, but has also proved to be a useful research tool.
Research in the group is engaged with questions of media, community and cultural identity. Recent research includes work on the contribution of Islam to British life and the role that city-centre big screens can play in supporting community media and local arts.
Communication and Networks
We have a long and established history of research in the field of telecommunications, which can be traced back to the mid '80s.
Through participation in many influential pan-European, national and industrially-funded research projects, a wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise and know-how have been gathered, ensuring that we remain at the cutting edge of research and development. In particular, we have a strong presence in the EU research community, contributing significantly to various EU Framework Programme projects in the ICT and Aeronautics.
- Future Ubiquitous Networks
- Radio Frequency, Antenna, Propagation and Computational Electromagnetics
- Energy and Smart Grid
- Networks and Performance Engineering
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.
The area reflects a strong track record in modelling and simulation of manufacturing, particularly in automotive engineering with growing application to industrial chemical process engineering.
The University of Bradford has for many years been involved in cutting edge research in medical engineering and healthcare technology. 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.
Theory of Computation
The Research Unit members have contributed to a broad range of core computer science topics and have developed throughout the years collaborations and research projects with leading research groups all over the world. Their research interests have also expanded into other research domains, including applications and tools development.