We use design thinking to understand, design and optimise people’s experiences with products, technology, environments and services. We work in a truly multi-disciplinary way by creatively blending methods from design, engineering, psychology, human factors, social sciences, business and computer science.
Through the translation of subjective experiences into engineering requirements, we optimise user and societal acceptance of new and disruptive technologies across the mobility, healthcare and energy sectors to deliver future-focused human-centred innovation.READ MORE
We optimise workplaces, interventions, systems and products by applying the science of human behaviour, cognition, sensory perception, and capability.
Engineering psychology is essential to understanding and anticipating human-technology interaction, health and wellbeing in the workplace, consumer behaviour, product personalisation, and acceptance.READ MORE
We’re applying high fidelity, multisensory virtual reality, and simulated 3D environments in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare, and cultural heritage.
Such authentic simulations enable decisions to be taken within the virtual world with high confidence that the same decision would be made in the real world.READ MORE
By applying the latest electrochemical techniques and our knowledge of materials, we can characterise, validate, and optimise novel processes, systems and devices.
Two key areas of our research are lithium ion battery materials and manufacturing, and molten salt electrolysis. By exploiting and integrating novel materials, advanced electrode formulations, manufacturing techniques and testing methodologies we are developing next generation cell technology.READ MORE
Materials and Manufacturing
We’re creating next generation lightweight solutions using metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and hybrids. Collaborating with global partners in the rail, aerospace and defence industries, as well as the automotive sector, we identify and exploit cross-sector opportunities.READ MORE
Our nanocomposites capability encompasses both fundamental and applied research, associated with the manufacture of novel materials, devices and components with tailored functionality and properties.
We can produce multifunctional components that have application in a broad range of industries, such as telecommunications, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, security and medicine.READ MORE
We’re addressing challenges in the physico-chemical aspects of both iron and steel manufacturing and usage, including ore reduction, alloy chemistry and cleanliness control, segregation and scaling.
We have particular expertise in micro-structure properties and steel coating, and have formed a key partnership with Tata Steel.READ MORE
Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing
We provide a ‘one stop shop’ for green technology, with expertise spanning materials engineering, chemistry, economics, chemical engineering, sustainable materials and processes, polymer processing, life cycle analysis, environmental science and microbiology.
Working with you, we can identify where damage is being done to the environment and develop new materials and processes to combat it.READ MORE
We’re developing tools and technologies to support the lifecycle of automation in manufacturing, process control, and embedded systems. This includes real-time control and the seamless integration of business systems with automation systems to create the factories of the future.
Our major theme is the virtual engineering of automation systems and the direct deployment of control and monitoring capabilities from a common lifecycle engineering model.READ MORE
Digital Lifecycle Management
Working across digital design and manufacturing, process monitoring, process control, and industrial systems, we’re integrating products, processes and complex services with system design.
Our research focus is to create novel closed-loop production systems with capabilities to self-recover from product failures and changes. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a ‘right-first-time’ capability.READ MORE
The ability to assess manufacturing quality, and identify and resolve issues as early as possible, is a critical aspect of new product development.
With expertise in materials forensics and characterisation, we can deliver comprehensive materials performance information, assist you in determining the origin of micro-structural defects in a component, and provide powerful 3D scans and visualisations of your product or prototype to aid in decision making.READ MORE
Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) and Machining Technologies deliver high performance products at an affordable cost and with short lead-time.
We’re applying ALM technologies into new sectors, exploring the development of new materials with enhanced or tailored properties.
Our machining work, including metal matrix composites, and titanium alloys, or carbon fibre composites, can help optimise your machining operations.READ MORE
Advanced Propulsion Systems
Building a low carbon future means developing efficient transport systems which are a genuine, viable and attractive alternative for both businesses and consumers.
We’re developing the powertrain and battery technologies that are vital in establishing advanced hybrid and electric commercial and off-highway vehicles, rail and marine systems. Our key areas of activity are battery systems, electric machines, power electronics, and control systems.READ MORE
Biomedical Informatics, Imaging and Healthcare Technologies
At our Institute of Digital Healthcare, we’re working with the NHS and other public and private sector organisations to improve people's health and wellbeing by developing new digital technologies and services.
Our key areas of research cover healthcare technologies, e-health innovation, healthcare systems engineering, neuroimaging statistics. These can be applied to whole organisations and care pathways, to individual clinicians and patients, right down to capture and interpretation of biomedical signals.READ MORE
Cyber Security Centre
We have a wealth of expertise and experience spanning intelligence and defence, cyber crime, finance, commercial environments, business strategy, computer science, engineering, digital forensics, and security protocols.
We’re using these skills to deliver transformative solutions for governments and industry, and for individuals and communities at regional, national and global levels.READ MORE
There is a wealth of digital information available in today’s engineering, manufacturing and healthcare technology applications, and we are developing statistical learning methodologies to capitalise on this data to solve challenges to industry.
We are able to draw on a wide variety of data analytical methods, from traditional statistical modelling approaches (e.g. time series analysis and mixed effect modelling) to modern machine learning algorithms (e.g. deep artificial neural networks and reinforcement learning).READ MORE
Our expertise lies in energy storage, energy management, complex electrical systems, and advanced propulsion.
We’re collaborating with companies to develop significant improvements in powertrain architecture, control optimisation strategies, secondary power source modelling, and energy storage technologies, as well as connected and autonomous vehicles.READ MORE
Our focus is on making the technology work on real cars, with real people, in real time.
Combining capabilities across our research areas, we’re working to understand the full research and practical applications of intelligent vehicles. This includes human-machine interfaces and driver in the loop; security, robustness, validation and verification of complex systems and software; direct and indirect sensing; data analysis; legal and ethical frameworks; and new business opportunities.READ MORE
Operations and Supply Chain
Taking a problem-centred approach to our research, we use supply chain strategy as a lever for business transformation. Our expertise includes the circular economy, data-driven decision making, offsets and economic engagement, supply network structures, and supply chain/consumption interfaces.
We collaborate with industrial partners across a range of sectors including agrochemicals, automotive, defence, consumer-packaged goods (CPG), retail and pharmaceuticals.READ MORE
With the nature of the global economic system changing rapidly, a complex system of connected entities is emerging; of physical goods, people, communities, and organisations, for greater individualised fulfilment of needs.
Our research helps organisations adapt their products, services and operations to respond to the future connected digital economy, and supports the transformation that results from these new economic opportunities.READ MORE