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


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

Latest Research News



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.

Professors Barbara Kitchenham and Pearl Brereton release new book

Posted on 13 November 2015 Professors Barbara Kitchenham and Pearl Brereton, together with Professor Budgen (Durham University), have recently published a book 'Evidence-Based Software Engineering and Systematic Reviews'.

Three new PhD students in Computer Science

Posted on 16 October 2015 Three new PhD students started this Autumn in the Computer Science Research Centre.

Neuroimaging project starts

Posted on 16 October 2015 The Leverhulme Trust funded project “Designing and Validating Novel Voltage-Sensitive Dyes for Neuroscience Research” is starting with the arrival of a new postdoctoral research fellow, Dr Michel Edwar Mickael.

The impact of UK academic computer science research report highlights Professor Andras’ work on computational biology

Posted on 24 September 2015 Professor Peter Andras work is highlighted in the new report 'The impact of UK academic computer science research'.

13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015)

Posted on 03 August 2015 Professor Peter Andras, Dr Alastair Channon and Mr Adam Stanton gave talks at the 13th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015).

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