University of Ulster

Research in Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Ulster is carried out within the Computer Science Research Institute (CSRI), established in 2004 as part of Ulster’s institutional research strategy. Researchers from two of the four research groups or centres within CSRI will be involved in the project:

  • The Information and Communication Engineering (ICE) group, which focuses on research in knowledge and data engineering and data analytics
  • The Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC), which focuses on research in cognitive robotics, computational neuroscience, biologically inspired computation, and wireless technology/ambient intelligence.

The CSRI currently comprises 45 academic staff, together with research associates and research fellows, and approximately 100 doctoral research students.

Within the CSRI, there is a strong emphasis on research output quality, with frequent publication in the leading academic journals and conferences. Much of the research within CSRI is supported by highly competitive awards from external funding bodies. Total external grant income in the current UK REF assessment period exceeds £24M, including over £5.5M from the UK Research Councils. Our funding from the EU Framework 7 programmes also remains well above the UK average for the discipline. Within CSRI, ISRC is a major multidisciplinary research unit ( dedicated to the creation of intelligent computational systems, taking inspiration from, and learning from, biology and neuroscience. The Ulster team involved in this project will be led by Professor Martin McGinnity (Director of ISRC), Professor Bryan Scotney (Director of CSRI and member of ICE) and Dr. Sonya Coleman (member of ISRC). The team has extensive experience of research management and supervision, and a strong track record of publication and research funding.

  • Dr Sonya Colemanis a Senior Lecturer in ISRC. She has a first class honors degree in Mathematics, Statistics and Computing, and a doctorate from the University of Ulster, and is a member of the IEEE. She is the author or co-author of over 80 research papers in image processing, robotics and computational neuroscience. She has experience of managing research grants (with respect to technical aspects and personnel) as both a principal and co-investigator. Additionally she is co-investigator on the EU FP7 funded projects RUBICON and VISUALISE.
  • Prof. Martin McGinnityis Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering and is Director of the ISRC. He has a first class honors degree in physics, and a doctorate from the University of Durham, is a Fellow of the IET, senior member of the IEEE, and a Chartered Engineer. He is the author or co-author of over 300 research papers in computational intelligence, and has attracted over UK£19million in research funding to date. He has significant experience (as partner or coordinator) in many EU projects (Visualise, SiElegans, SenseMaker, QUDOS, Prominent, IMCLeVeR, RUBICON), plus other major nationally and internationally funded research projects.
  • Prof. Bryan W. Scotneyis Professor of Informatics and Director of the Computer Science Research Institute. He has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Durham, UK and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Reading, UK. He has over 250 publications in digital image processing and computer vision, pattern recognition and classification, statistical databases, and reasoning under uncertainty. He is President of the Irish Pattern Recognition and Classification Society, and Member of Council of the International Federation of Classification Societies. He has experience as an investigator on a number of research grants from the UK Research Councils, EPSRC and ESRC, and from EU FP5 and FP7, including the current SAVASA project within FP7-SEC.