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Research Areas

Research Areas

Research areas

Explore all our research areas below.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is important as it enables, through the layer-wise addition of material, the manufacture of complex high-value products that are impossible to manufacture using traditional methods.

Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Systems

Our research focuses on integrating products, processes and complex services to create closed-loop systems with capabilities to self-recover from product failures and changes..

Automation Systems

Our research spans automation systems, digital lifecycle management in manufacturing, complex virtual environment simulations, and the study of human experiences within them.

Battery Materials and Cells

We're applying the latest electrochemical techniques and energy storage materials knowledge to characterise, validate and optimise new processes, systems and devices for breakthrough solutions in lithium-ion batteries, as well as research into chemistries that move beyond lithium-ion technology.

Battery Systems

Battery systems must fulfill a complex set of requirements, including mechanical, thermal, electrical, electronic and safety – whilst being manufacturable with high quality and at low cost.


The Ceramics Group’s research focuses on the processing and characterisation of ceramic and ceramic composite materials for a range of functional and structural applications.

Connected and Cooperative Autonomous Systems (CCAS)

Artificial Intelligence and emerging 5G/6G Technologies will enable exciting applications. Find out more about our examples.

Connectivity and Communications Technology

The demand for technological transformation in the automotive industry continues to accelerate.

Cyber Security

Vehicle control systems, building management systems, smart city infrastructure, industrial control and medical devices all exist within the cyber domain.

Data Science

We have a wealth of research capability, from automation systems and digital lifecycle management in manufacturing, to simulations of complex virtual environments and the human experience within them.

Energy Applications

The work of the Energy Applications group centres on identifying the best technology and systems to deliver the optimum zero emission solution for real applications.The work of the EAG is how to make the most efficient use of the available energy in specialist applications Find out how:

Engineering Materials and Assembly

The materials group focussing on manufacture and application. With an overlying theme of lightweighting, we aim for “the right material in the right place” approach of design.

Healthcare Technologies

We apply the latest research from across WMG’s groups to provide agile solutions for the health sector covering clinical technologies, med tech devices, advanced materials, pathways, and sustainability.

Human Factors

Our multidisciplinary approach, including cooperative driving systems, connectivity, human factors and verification and validation, enables a full understanding of the practical applications that will help shape the future of transport mobility.

Intelligent Vehicle Sensors

Environmental perception sensors (i.e. cameras, LiDARs, RADARs, etc.) are the interface between the world (real or simulated) and the assisted and automated driving functions (either the real system or a virtual one).

Laser Beam Welding

Laser beam welding is a key tool for manufacturing e-vehicles and accelerating adoption of lightweight structures and recycled materials.

Metrology and 3D Imaging

The Centre for Imaging, Metrology and Additive Technologies brings together a broad set of tools, techniques and processes, used across the high value manufacturing industry and a range of other sectors.


Our nanocomposites capability encompasses both fundamental and applied research to manufacture innovative materials, devices and components with unique properties and tailored functionality.

Polymers and Composites

Finding new ways to create polymer based products for innovations in lightweighting, system integration, smart devices, fibres and textiles, sustainable packaging, recycling and many more.

Power Electronics, Machines and Drives

The work undertaken by the Energy Directorate focusses on the research challenges that underpin the UK’s strategy for de-carbonation of the transport sector and energy network.

Steels Processing

Adopting both fundamental and applied research to improve steel processing and product performance, and develop new and improved materials. Includes rapid alloy processing facilities for new development.

Supply Chains

Supply Chain Research Group is at the forefront of developing and applying innovative supply chain strategies and practical solutions to boost resilience, increase productivity, improve sustainability, create value and digitally transform the manufacturing supply chain.  

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

We put the environment at the heart of everything we do to help create a cleaner future and sustainable global economy.

Verification and Validation

Intelligent vehicles will transform the future of transport mobility, and our research focuses on the safe and robust functionality of Advanced Driving Assistance Systems and Automated Driving Systems before commercial application can be realised.


Visualisation and multisensory virtual environments enable the real world to be accurately simulated and experienced in a safe, inclusive, and repeatable manner.


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