Our research

Research into the School of Computer Science and Electronic engineering has performed exceptionally well, which is evidence in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). In Electronic Engineering, Bangor University was ranked us 4th in the UK for research outputs. Our research environment - also of considerable importance to postgraduate students - received a remarkably high rating as well.

The research in the department is focused on six themes, which can often overlap to maximise synergies and resources:

Next generation Sensors, communication and electronic devices

From your car through to smartphones, the modern world relies on electronics, sensors and the communication between them. Research at Bangor University extends from nanometre scale semiconductor devices to sensors for biomedical applications. We explore large scale optical communication systems which enable data to be transferred at 40 Gigabytes per second.

Bio-medical and environmental Electronics

Investigating cutting edge technology in a highly multi-disciplinary environment, the Bio-medical Group is researching, developing and teaching the next generation of healthcare and bio-related technologies. Autonomous systems are of massive importance to the innovation and data collection potential in the environmental sector. 

Nuclear Futures Institute; materials for extreme environments and predictive modelling

The establishment of the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University is the result of  £6.5M investment from Welsh Government through its Sêr Cymru programme. This has led to the creation of two research groups: one in materials and the other in predictive modelling. New facilities for manufacture and characterisation of advanced ceramics, alloys and composites has been commissioned.

Visualisation and Modelling Graphics

Computer graphics and visualisation research as a long history at Bangor; routes can be traced back to the 1970s and has seen the group hosting several major conferences including the Eurographics premiere graphics conference in 2011. Members research and develop interactive systems and explore how big data can be analysed and displayed. Research topics include information visualisation, virtual and mixed reality, immersive analytics, human computer interaction, imaging and segmentation, medical physics, wearable computing and computer graphics modelling. The group works collaboratively across University applying the skills and knowledge to ocean sciences, medical sciences, archaeology, law, psychology, history, language and lexicography.

Data Science

The group covers a wide range of data manipulation, classification and artificial intelligence, researchers are investigating machine learning, pattern recognition, classification algorithms, text mining, natural language processing (NLP) and practical applications. Our complex real-time system simulations supplied Europe’s largest pumped storage facility in Llanberis

Pontio Innovation

Pontio Innovation is a business development hub, which nurtures ideas and helps to make them a reality. We work with a network of members, from individuals to SMEs and larger enterprises. Our product design experts help our members to identify new thinking, methods and processes, which will help them to develop and succeed. Our purpose-built space is home to cutting-edge technology. That means we are able to facilitate the prototyping of commercial products and services and can bring viable ideas to market quickly.