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Applied Computing Research Unit

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 Applied Computing 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).


  • Cutting edge research funded by major UK Research Councils, European Union, NHS and Industry
  • Strong collaborations with industry, commercial and public sector organisations
  • High impact publications in leading journals and conferences
  • Long history of successful supervision of PhD students
  • Strong involvement with professional societies (e.g. BCS, IET, IEEE, ACM) and national/international academic networks

Recent achievements

  • Creation of a cosmetics ingredients database and development of computer models to predict interactions with an organism – COSMOS project
  • Developing new solar imaging algorithms to detect solar features that are responsible for Solar Spectral Irradiance – SOLID project
  • The development of diagnostic technology for Eye disease, in collaboration with Manchester Eye Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Artificial Intelligence Research Group

The AI Research (AIRe) Group, one of the largest in terms of academic staff and research students numbers in the University, conducts research funded by the BBSRC, EPSRC, TSB and EC, as well as industry sponsors. The members' research is focused on machine learning, information representation and integration, data mining, knowledge discovery with applications in data governance, health care, (privacy in) web databases and social networks, chemo- and bio-informatics, business intelligence, decision support systems, operations research and education.

These expertise areas are built on active interdisciplinary collaborations with research groups from University's Faculties, as well as with a range with UK and international research centres.

We will be pleased to receive expressions of interest from prospective research students and visiting researchers.


Research expertise:

  • Machine learning
  • Information representation and integration
  • Data governance
  • Data mining and Knowledge discovery

With applications in:

  • Health care
  • Chemo-and bio-informatics, predictive toxicology
  • Business intelligence
  • Automotive analytics
  • Smart and sustainable cities
  • Open data
  • (Privacy in) web databases and social networks
  • Decision support systems

Visual Computing Research Group

Satellite Imaging Research

Our research group has extensive experience in the development of computer vision systems for processing multi wavelengths satellite images for solar/space imaging and remote sensing applications. We are also experienced in the development of on-line technologies and visualisation and super-resolution technologies. The group is also experienced in extracting knowledge from historical solar data and solar catalogues using applied data mining techniques to provide higher understanding of the association between solar features and events.

This group has delivered the first generation of automated flares-prediction tool called ASAP. ASAP is integrated with NASA's Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC).

This group is currently developing new solar imaging algorithms to detect solar features that are responsible for Solar Spectral Irradiance, this project is funded by the FP7 project "SOLID: First European Comprehensive SOLar Irradiance Data exploitation". This group is also working in collaboration with ESA in an ESA funded-project, to develop a new version of ASAP that will be used as one of the safety measures for launchers before launching rockets onto space.

The Faculty also has a Centre for Visual Computing focussed on digital image data processing and changing the way we compute visual image data.

Medical Imaging Research

Our medical engineering research interests include but are not limited to Confocal Corneal Imaging Analysis, PET Tumour Analysis, Mammography, and Intelligent Analysis of EEG/ECG Signals. Currently, we are funded by the NHS to create reliable 3D models for Corneal diagnostic. The final system will be capable of automatically analysing abnormalities in the corneal images using 3D models and help ophthalmologists to diagnose corneal diseases, and dystrophies. These models could revolutionise the diagnosis process and refine the clinical management of corneal pathology leading to improved NHS patients care.

General Imaging and Machine Learning (3D facial representation, Arabic OCR, Watermarking, data mining, etc)

digital images of a 3d face

Applied computing research team

Contact us

Professor Rami Qahwaji
Tel: +44(0)1274 236078

Postal Address:

Professor Rami Qahwaji
Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
Department of Computer Science
University of Bradford