Connected world

Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems

The University of Liverpool’s Institute for Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems (IDEAS) will co-locate world-class academic research and industrial application in the areas of Autonomous Systems, Robotics, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

IDEAS will link these areas of research together strongly with our expertise in supporting the adoption of new technologies alongside our partners and external commercial businesses. Together we will apply new research and methodologies with the aim of accelerating business growth through the adoption of digital technology and industrial digitalisation.

The Institute will collaborate with, and support a range of local organisations from a wide range of sectors and locality, maximising opportunities for innovation and contributing to economic growth, advancing sustainability and enhancing the quality of life.

IDEAS will help mould the digital skills of the future, through a diffusion of research and knowledge exchange between academia and industry.

This activity is supported by the University of Liverpool’s Digital Strategy 2026, which builds upon our strengths in world leading research and impact activities.

The Institute will leverage the University's significant research excellence base and will be led by Executive Director, Andrew Levers, contact us.

Read more about the two units within the institute below.

Virtual Engineering Centre Virtual Engineering Centre

Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC)

The VEC is the UK’s leading digital engineering impact centre for industrial and commercial applications.

Digital Innovation Facility Car manufacturing robots

Digital Innovation Facility (DIF)

The DIF will concentrate on areas of research in computer science, robotics, engineering and distributed simulation.