Areas of digital research

Autonomous Systems research

Autonomous systems

The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology (CAST), provides expertise in autonomous systems from across the University of Liverpool. We carry out world-class research, provide high-quality training and education and, through the Virtual Engineering Centre, collaborate with a range of companies to develop, analyse, enhance and deploy autonomous systems.

big data research

Big data

Building on excellent links with STFC's Hartree Centre, the Liverpool Big Data Network collates the wide range of University of Liverpool experts with a shared interest in extracting pertinent information from large datasets. These experts have strengths in developing solutions that apply techniques from, for example, machine learning, analytics and high performance computing. By also working with experts from wider domains, eg from bioinformatics, health informatics, law and social science, LBDN brings together effective interdisciplinary teams that solve important problems faced by industry and government.


At the University of Liverpool, we’re making a difference in people’s lives.

From prolonging the lives of pancreatic cancer patients to supporting safer, better births, our Biostatistics research is making life better and easier both for patients and health professionals.

With over 200 research staff, and working with national and international partners, we’re helping revolutionise approaches to drug safety, women's and children’s health, cancer, epilepsy and personalised medicines.

Digital Humanities, Ways of Being in a Digital Age

Digital humanities

The University is conducting a review on Ways of Being in a Digital Age, providing a holistic view of how digital technology mediates our lives, and of the way technological and social change co-evolve and impact on each other.

Engage at Liverpool

Digital research methodologies

At the University of Liverpool we have a cross-faculty research and methods initiative called engage@liverpool. Engage supports research across the social sciences, the arts and humanities and the natural, life and formal sciences.

Engage@liverpool offers a range of talks and workshops focused on promoting innovation in digital research methodologies.

Genomics research


Advances in genomics research have revolutionised discovery-based research, helping us understand even the most intricate biological systems. There are applications for this research in a broad spectrum of fields, from human and veterinary medicine, biotechnology, environmental and evolutionary biology, to zoology and even archaeology.

Our Centre for Genomic Research (CGR) enables cost-effective access to multiplatform sequencing and array technologies for researchers worldwide.

Nuclear science and technology

Nuclear science and technology

There is a rich history of nuclear research at the University of Liverpool, including work by two Nobel Prize winners.

Today, there is significant transdisciplinary nuclear research activity taking place in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Physics and the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty.

In addition we have a number of collaborations that enable access to facilities and expertise across the UK and beyond, including our strategic partnership with the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Materials science research

Materials science

Our world-leading, multi-disciplinary research expertise in Materials Science is matched with unparalleled facilities and a dynamic support infrastructure, housed within the Materials Innovation Factory. Whether to gain competitive advantage or adopt faster, smarter approaches to research, our unique facilities and innovative attitude can help. By 2020, we aim to be the world leader in Computer Aided Material Science (CAMS).

Mathematics for healthcare

The University of Liverpool is at the forefront of Personalised health, aiming to ensure the right dose for the right person at the right time. Supporting this exciting field is our new £6M Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Healthcare, designed to develop novel mathematical tools that address serious healthcare challenges.

The Centre is carrying out multidisciplinary research to explore how mathematics and statistics can deliver a more refined and accurate set of predictive models and tools for personalised healthcare delivery.

Risk and Uncertainty research

Risk and uncertainty

Ever been trained as an emergency responder? Or been caught up in an emergency situation? In both cases, understanding risk and uncertainty factors could have a major positive impact, and that’s just what one PhD student is working on at The University of Liverpool’s Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. Her aim is to identify the most effective ways to communicate risk to the public during an emergency.

This is just one small part of our Institute for Risk and Uncertainty’s programme, an agenda dedicated to helping people and organisations create a safer world.

We offer cutting-edge expertise and methodologies with which to quantify, mitigate and manage risk and uncertainty in many fields.

Spatial Demographics research

Spatial demographics

With one of the largest concentrations of quantitative population researchers in the UK, the Centre for Spatial Demographics Research (CSDR) is perfectly positioned for up-to-the-minute population research.

Results are transferable across a diverse array of disciplines where spatial data are collected and analysed. Our research has attracted funding from bodies including the EU, ESRC, National Institute for Health Research, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, amongst others, and has been published in leading population studies, health and spatial analysis journals.

Networks and Communications

Networks and communications

Networks and Communications research is carried out at Liverpool as part of the Network Sciences and Technologies (NeST) initiative in the Department of Computer Science and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics research groups.

NeST aims to establish a vibrant environment to generate foundational research as well as stimulate applications in network sciences and technologies. The initiative also encourages interdisciplinary research activities involving academics from Liverpool, partner institutions, industry and members of the public.

Working with international research and industry partners, all of the research groups within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics are interdisciplinary in nature. Their research covers a variety of areas from protocols and network theory and next generation wireless networks to the transmission of multi-sensory information.