Centre for Computer Science Research

Our research focuses on the computational understanding and engineering of complex systems. For example, we work on better understanding of the evolution of bacteria, on computational modelling of neural systems, on evidence based engineering of software systems, and on the development of novel computational intelligence methods for engineering applications. We expect that the impact of our research will be significant. Our research facilitates biomedical innovations that improve the quality of life for many people. Our work paves the way for software engineering innovations that improve the security, reliability and quality of computing devices and services used in everyday life and industrial settings as well.

Our research themes are:


Computational Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering

We use computational modelling and analysis to understand how neural systems work and to design engineering solutions for biomedical problems that involve abnormal or lacking neural control.

Theme Lead: Dr Charles Day
Theme Members: Professor Peter Andras, Dr Theocharis Kyriacou, Dr KP Lam, Dr Shailesh Naire, Mr David Collins, Dr Ed Chadwick, Dr Stas Glazewski, Dr John Butcher, Dr Dimitra Blana.


Evolutionary Systems

We develop and analyse evolutionary systems to advance understanding of natural and artificial evolutionary processes and their capacity to generate increasingly intelligent behaviours.

Theme Lead: Dr Alastair Channon
Theme Members: Professor Peter Andras, Dr Elizabeth Aston, Dr James Borg, Dr Charles Day, Dr Theocharis Kyriacou, Dr Adam Stanton


Machine Learning and Computational Intelligence

We work on the development and application of machine learning and computational intelligence methods to address biomedical and engineering problems characterised by large volumes of complex data.

Theme Lead: Professor Peter Andras
Theme Members:  Dr Charles Day, Dr KP Lam, Dr Theocharis Kyriacou, Mr David Collins, Dr Peter Fletcher, Dr John Preater, Dr John Butcher, Professor Zhong Fan, Dr Bappaditya Mandal


Software and Systems Engineering

We research methods for designing and creating complex systems and products, with a focus on evidence-based engineering, user-centred design, analytics, knowledge engineering, and cultural and health informatics.

Theme Lead: Professor Fiona Polack and Dr Sandra Woolley
Theme Members:  Professor Peter Andras, Professor Pearl Brereton, Mr David Collins, Professor Barbara Kitchenham, Mr Steve Linkman, Dr Goksel Misirli, Dr Thomas Neligwa, Dr Ed de Quincey, Dr Gordon Rugg, Dr Mark Turner, Dr Nikki Williams, Professor Zhong Fan, Dr Bappaditya Mandal

Latest Research News

Dr Allison Gardner Confrences and Panels

Posted on 17 December 2018 Dr Allison Gardner took part in the IET conference 'This AI Life' and sat on a panel 'Designing a Feminist Alexa project' at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. As well as having a paper accepted for the NIPS conference.

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme

Posted on 27 November 2018 Keele University with Georgian Technical University will be part of a new British Council programme, "Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme".

3rd International Conference on Emerging Research in Electronics, Computer Science and Technology

Posted on 07 August 2018 Dr Bappaditya Mandal will be a Keynote Speaker in the 3rd International Conference on Emerging Research in Electronics, Computer Science and Technology (ICERECT) 23rd - 24th August 2018, Mandya, Karnataka, India. This is fully funded by the conference organizers.

Dr. Bappaditya Mandal recent publication to IET Computer Vision

Posted on 18 July 2018 Dr. Bappaditya Mandal recently had a publication to IET Computer Vision (IET CV) titled 'Deep Residual Network with Regularized Fisher Framework for Detection of Melanoma'.

How reliable is your wearable heart-rate monitor?

Posted on 25 June 2018 Dr Sandra Woolley along with 2 visiting researches have had a new article published in the 'The Conversation' called 'How reliable is your wearable heart-rate monitor?'.

School Academics are working with Siemens Ltd to prepare consortium bids

Posted on 18 June 2018 Fiona Polack (bid PI) and Zhong Fan (SEND academic lead) are working with the University and Siemens Ltd to prepare consortium bids ISCF, EPSRC, etc.) for further development on the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator.

Recent Publications

Posted on 07 June 2018 Dr Goksel Misirli's recent publication about automated and model-driven design of genetic circuits is available online.

Women Leading in AI

Posted on 14 May 2018 Allison Gardner co-organised a new national innovation along with the Fabian Women's Network called 'Women Leading in AI'. Allison hosted a panel 'Uses and Development of AI' at the first gathering that took place on 22nd May at the London School of Economics.

British Academy funded research project into the #StopIslam Twitter campaign

Posted on 08 March 2018 Dr Ed de Quincey and colleagues from Media, Culture and Creative Practice at Keele, gave a talk at the British Academy as part of their season on Identities & Belonging.


Virtual archaeology: how we achieved the first long-distance reconstruction of a cultural artefact

Posted on 02 March 2018 A group of outstanding researcher including School of Computing and Maths Dr Sandra Woolley write for Conversation UK.

6th UK Ontology Network (UKON) workshop

Posted on 27 February 2018 The School of Computing and Mathematics is organising the 6th UK Ontology Network (UKON) workshop, which will be held on 30th April 2018.

Dr Sandra Woolley seminar talk at Manchester University

Posted on 05 February 2018 Dr Sandra Woolley gave a talk at Manchester University last week titled 'Wearable Clinic seminar – Challenges and Opportunities in Assistive, Wearable and Precision Health Technologies'.

Reproducibility of machine learning research

Posted on 24 November 2017 Babatunde Olorisade, a PhD student in the school was recently quoted on qz.com in a piece called 'The titans of AI are getting their work double-checked by students'.

New dye gives scientists a clearer insight into the brain

Posted on 16 November 2017 Keele University researchers have designed a new dye that can be used to observe the electrical activity of neurons in the brain and could lead to finding a new and more efficient way of treating neurological diseases, as presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Best Poster Prize

Posted on 27 April 2017 An award for Best Poster at the Informatics for Health Conference has
been presented to Sandra Woolley of our Software and Systems Engineering
Research theme. The poster is entitled "The Quantified Outpatient -
Challenges and Opportunities in 24hr Patient Monitoring".

New Publications

Posted on 19 January 2018 Some of the latest publications from the School's Centre for Computer Science Research.

Dr Sandra Woolley has been made a Fellow of the British Computing Society (BCS).

Posted on 06 October 2016 Dr Sandra Woolley, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, was made a Fellow of the British Computing Society (BCS).

New KTP project on managing tacit knowledge of industry experts in collaboration with KBC Process Technology

Posted on 15 June 2016 Professor Peter Andras and Dr Gordon Rugg and Ed de Quincey started a new collaborative project with KBC Process Technology Ltd and funding from InnovateUK.

Researchers unlock key to real-time hay fever tracking

Posted on 15 June 2016 Researchers from Keele University have found that Twitter could provide a more accurate way of tracking hay fever in the UK than current Met Office pollen counts and NHS data

KTP project with Wood Mitchell Printers starts

Posted on 15 June 2016 Dr KP Lam and Mr Dave Collins started their KTP project in collaboration with Wood Mitchell Printers Ltd.

Keele CS at top 2016 conferences

Posted on 15 June 2016 We have a number of papers at top research conferences. Including the the 6th ACM International Conference on Digital Health and 15th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems to name just a few. For more details see here

Keele PhD student wins national science photography competition

Posted on 24 March 2016 This stunning image, taken by Keele postgraduate research student, George Joseph, has won a top prize in a national science photography competition, organised by EPSRC.

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