Department of Informatics


These pages highlight some of the activities and outstanding achievements of students and staff in Informatics. For the latest developments and updates, please see our News and events page.

Watch the video of the Informatics 2016 poster exhibition, and listen as some of the students talk you through their projects:

Informatics 2016/17 news stories

Below are some of the highlights, events, awards and activities for the year; click to read the full story:

  1. Shape-shifting fog screen invented at Sussex
  2. First evidence for higher state of consciousness discovered
  3. New game from Sussex alumni charts at UK number one
  4. Dr Niko Munzenrieder comments on transistor stretchier than skin for wearable tech
  5. Professor Anil Seth explains that one of the most difficult aspects of studying consciousness is the difficulty in defining the term.
  6. Informatics computer games graduate launches social commerce app
  7. Have the 14 different components of creativity been found?
  8. Mid-air 'floating pixels' are revealed
  9. Sussex Informatics consciousness expert awarded Wellcome Engagement Fellowship
Informatics 2015/16 news stories

Below are some of the highlights, events, awards and activities for the year; click to read the full story:

  1. How Professor Thomas Nowotny is tapping nature's wealth of well tested designs
  2. Dr Jeremy Reffin discusses whether artificial intelligence can help in tackling online abuse
  3. Computer science graduate is Google's newest recruit
  4. Humans perceive time in between reality and expectations
  5. Professor John Carroll explains why computers will never be 'like' humans
  6. Professor Maggie Boden reviews the philosophical and technological challenges raised by AI
  7. This is '9D' television
  8. Anil Seth is the brains behind a neuroscience book for kids
  9. Welcome to the future: TV you can touch, taste and smell
  10. Palm skin could be turned into a touchscreen
  11. Judith Good - my parents passed on their intellectual curiosity
  12. Neural modelling: Abstractions of the mind
  13. The future of TV? How feely-vision could tickle all our senses
  14. Anil Seth explores what neuroscience can - and can't - tell us about consciousness
  15. The Sackler Centre and BSMS share results of a study which reveals why your brain makes you slip up when you are anxious
  16. Professor Thomas Nowotny explains that Google and Facebook's artificial intelligence programmes use special processors originally designed for running video games
  17. Professor Ann Light argues that companies are taking advantage of the concept of a 'sharing economy' for their own financial gain
  18. Dr Charlotte Rae (Sackler Centre) writes about new insights into why some people hallucinate
  19. Leading theory of consciousness rocked by oddball study
  20. Professor Anil Seth comments on an "impressive" computer reconstruction of a rat's brain
  21. Dr Ron Chrisley comments on a new US study to try to come up with a measure of consciousness
  22. Third year Computer Science student produces winning work with an online teaching tool
  23. Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia, Lecturer in Interactive Graphics in Informatics, runs session at Brighton Digital Festival
Informatics 2014/15 news stories

Below are some of the highlights, events, awards and activities for the year; click to read the full story:

  1. Informatics student, Stefanos Karapatakis, finds children have better manners than robots
  2. Dr Marianna Obrist and her team bring the art of touch to the Tate
  3. Sussex researchers to 'programme a human' at live coding conference
  4. Sussex neuroscientist Prof Anil Seth reveals his ‘life scientific’ delusions for BBC Radio 4
  5. Ultrahaptics technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air - Dr Marianna Obrist
  6. Informatics team develop app that analysises tweets
  7. Neuroscience researchers from Sackler Centre for Consciousness Sciene showcase their work at London’s Science Museum
  8. Government minister visits Sussex Innovation Centre to learn about the digital sector
  9. Researcher to present ‘girls better at programming’ findings at major IT conference
  10. Student Informatics student entrepreneurs win £2,000 bursaries for health, political and tech ideas
  11. Sussex academics to explore bees, brains and bubbles at Brighton Science Festival
  12. Feeling cold is contagious, scientists find
  13. Sussex neuroscientist to edit new OUP journal
  14. Neuroscientist’s book of illusions wins children’s science prize
  15. Sussex AI expert recalls her ‘light bulb moment’ for Radio 4
  16. How the fruit fly could help us sniff out drugs and bombs
  17. Brain scans reveal ‘grey matter’ differences in media multitaskers
  18. Signal-boosting stadium app shortlisted for national award
Informatics 2013/14 news stories

Below are some of the highlights, events, awards and activities for the year; click to read the full story:

  1. Computer Science student cracked smartphone ransomware in his final year
  2. Neuroscientists join major European project to develop artificial brain systems
  3. Quick thinking: New book explains the brain in 30-second chunks
  4. Funding boost to help make promising technology a business reality
  5. Heart in your hand? Neuroscientists discover a new illusion of consciousness

Student and staff achievements

Several Informatics students and staff have received prizes and awards, and have been selected for prestigious external appointments.

Outreach events and initiatives

Members of Informatics contribute in several ways to science, art and educational events and initiatives in the wider community.

Prize-winning student projects

Each year the Department awards prizes to the best final-year undergraduate projects, each containing work of outstanding merit. In addition, the School of Engineering and Informatics awards prizes for the best MSc and PhD posters at its annual poster presentation event.

Interdisciplinary research

Read profiles and personal perspectives of selected interdisciplinary research in Informatics, featuring collaborations with neuroscientists, psychiatrists, media practitioners, and epidemiologists.

Sussex Conversations

Go behind the scenes of Sussex Conversations with the Media Technology Lab.

Teaching awards

Professor John Carroll received a University Student-Led Teaching Award 2015/16, for 'Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching'. In the student nomination, he was described as "an inspiring lecturer who is able to motivate students on everything he teaches", "is able to give real-life experience in these subjects", and "has knowledge and passion for what he does".