The University of Southampton

Our research

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is the leading university department of its kind in the UK, with an international reputation for world-leading research across computer science, electronics, and electrical engineering. Our superb facilities include:

Research takes place in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment, organsied across globally important research groups and national research centres. With over 550 researchers from many different subject backgrounds, the research culture in ECS is fast-changing and dynamic.

Examples of technologies in which ECS research has been fundamentally transformative in recent years include:

  • agent technologies
  • digital libraries
  • environmental modelling
  • e-science
  • high voltage engineering
  • machine learning
  • spintronics
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • web science

ECS also incorporates two doctoral training centres – in web science and artificial intelligence.

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Key facts: Research Excellence Framework 2014

First in the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research.

97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research.

100% of our Computer Science research impact is recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in the 2018 QS World Rankings, and top 10 in the UK