Research groups and networks

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Research Groups provide a focus for a collection of academics, normally based within a single department, in an emerging or established area of expertise. Research Networks are areas of thematic concentration for a academics distributed across more than one department in an emerging or established area of expertise.

Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Research Group

Research within the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations group concentrates on the nonlinear problems. The focus is on rigorous analysis of mathematical models motivated from applied mathematics involving nonlinear partial differential equations, dynamical systems, evolution equations, geometric measure theory, calculus of variations and their applications in material microstructure, nonlinear elasticity, image processing and financial mathematics.

For more information, visit the Analysis and Partial Differential Equations Research Group site

Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre's research interests are tightly focused on the extra-galactic: cosmology and early universe; structure formation; clusters; galaxy formation and evolution. Researchers at the Centre address questions with a full combination of theoretical, numerical and observational techniques.

For more information, visit the Astronomy Centre site

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group

Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics research at Sussex University is devoted to the study of fundamental physics and quantum effects using the techniques of atomic and laser physics. Based at the University of Sussex, this group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, visit the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research Group site

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group

Within this research group there is a close inter-relationship between animal, human and clinical work, and an emphasis on translational research.

For more information, visit the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Research Group site

Business and Finance Research Group

The Business Finance interdisciplinary research group combines traditional corporate finance with entrepreneurship perspectives to provide a unique understanding of Business Finance in post-crisis Europe. The group focuses on company finance in both public and private companies as well as the evolution of start-ups to different types of public and private companies, examining the roles of venture capital and other intermediaries such as accounting firms and investment banks in facilitating this transition.

For more information, visit the Business and Finance Research Group site

Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies

The Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies reflects significant interdisciplinary and cross-school interest in the histories and cultures of colonialism, and in postcolonial studies. The Centre's remit includes: acting as the forum for a seminar series and for more informal discussions of work in progress among its members supporting existing and potential MA programmes providing an intellectual 'home' for research students in both Arts and Humanities schools hosting occasional international conferences and symposia raising the profile of research at Sussex outside of the university capitalising on Sussex's historic and existing strengths in postcolonial studies, area studies, and imperialism/colonialism.

For more information, visit the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies site

Centre for Computer Graphics

The Centre for Computer Graphics is located in the internationally renowned Department of Informatics and has extensive research and development experience on hardware and software of electronics systems, particularly focused on computer graphics, virtual and augmented reality, creative systems we have our own film studios primarily used for video production techniques and web casting, etc.

For more information, visit the Centre for Computer Graphics site

Centre for Literature and Philosophy

The Centre for Literature and Philosophy builds on the University's long tradition of fruitful collaboration between these two disciplines by providing a focus for current research, and developing new areas of enquiry that address issues which arise at the intersection of the two fields.

For more information, visit the Centre for Literature and Philosophy site

Centre for Teaching and Learning Research

The Centre for Teaching and Learning Research (CTLR) is engaged with research on all aspects of learning and teaching in a wide range of educational contexts, official and informal. It places particular enphasis on schooling, transitions, equity and inclusion.

For more information, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning Research site

Cognitive Psychology Research Group

The Cognitive Group has wide-ranging interests in Language and Communication, including Mammal Vocal Communication, Learning, Memory, Attention, Visual Perception and Cognition, and Consciousness. As well as normal adult cognition we study both developmental issues and various pathologies. We use a variety of techniques, including traditional behavioural methods, and modern neuroscientific methods, such as EEG/ERP, TMS, and fMRI.

For more information, visit the Cognitive Psychology Research Group site

Communications Research Group

The Communications Research Group is based within the Sensor Technology Research Centre in the School of Engineering and Informatics.

For more information, visit the Communications Research Group site

Creative Technology

The research of the Creative Technology Group aims to understand and improve the myriad ways that computing now serves humanity. The group pushes traditional discipline boundaries, being concerned with basic principles, novel approaches and innovative interfaces in exploring the interactions between systems and their users. We draw on cognitive science, media technology, human-centred methods, participatory design and research into experience to make the use of computing systems both productive and pleasant.

For more information, visit the Creative Technology site

Data Science Research Group

The research of the group addresses the challenges associated with deriving knowledge from large heterogeneous datasets - with a particular focus on machine learning and natural language processing. The group studies methods for gathering large datasets, extracting information from the data, analysing the data in order to find patterns, and visualising the results of this analysis.

For more information, visit the Data Science Research Group site

Dementia Research Group

The Dementia Research Group is a group of Researchers based at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School who aim to address knowledge gaps by focusing on greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease in Alzheimer's disease. This network encompasses neuroscientists, structural biologists, psychologists, clinicians and members of the translational drug discovery group.

For more information, visit the Dementia Research Group site

Developmental Genetics Research Group

Work in this group is concerned with the molecular and cellular processes underlying the transformation of the fertilised egg into the complex organism. The group explore how information in the genome is converted into a set of instructions that through guiding collective cell behaviours underlie the formation of tissues, organs and systems in the developing organism.

Developmental and Clinical Psychology Research Group

The Developmental and Clinical Psychology research group has a common aim of advancing theoretical approaches to human development and clinical psychology in order to inform practical interventions to support cognitive, emotional and social growth. Research spans three intertwined areas: Development of cognition and communication Social and Emotional Development Mental Health through the Lifespan

For more information, visit the Developmental and Clinical Psychology Research Group site

Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group

The Dynamics, Control, and Vehicle (DCV) research group is internationally known for its high quality automotive research and fundamental work in dynamics and control. Industrial research sponsors and partners include the EPSRC, the EU, BP, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Garret, Spirax Sarco, Oxford Magnet Technology, Allen-Bradley, and Johnson Matthey. Facilities include four fully-functioning engine test-beds; a full range of emissions measuring equipment; engine calibration and control tools, laser-based vibration measurement hardware, and a suite of computer workstations.

For more information, visit the Dynamics, Control and Vehicle Research Group site

Energy and Materials Chemistry

The principal research thrust of the Energy and Materials Chemistry group concerns the globally transformative issues of energy sustainability and climate change. The Group's activities range widely within the Clean Energy theme and include computational modelling of materials for the nuclear industry and of transition metal complexes for homogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials for hydrogen generation through photocatalytic cleavage of H2O, new photovoltaics through nanoparticle technology and activation of small molecules through coordination to transition metals, lanthanides and actinides.

For more information, visit the Energy and Materials Chemistry site

Evolution Research Group

The Evolution group at the University of Sussex follows the traditions established by John Maynard Smith. The group investigates a number of problems in evolutionary biology using a mix of experiments, analysis and theory. The group has one of the largest concentrations of social insect biologists in the world as wll as a strengths in molecular evolution.

For more information, visit the Evolution Research Group site

Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Research Group

EASY research is concerned with the interfaces between the biological and computational sciences, particularly with reference to furthering the understanding of brains and minds. Research foci include: computational neuroscience; scientific studies of consciousness; clinical applications of neural modelling; systems and computational biology; natural and artificial evolutionary systems; bio-inspired systems and methods; adaptive and cognitive robotics; navigation in insects and robots; theory and application of complex adaptive systems, including in the arts; artificial life; history and philosophy of AI and cognitive science; creative systems; history of cybernetics; dynamical, developmental and embodied approaches to cognition.

For more information, visit the Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Research Group site

Experimental Particle Physics Research Group

The Experimental Particle Physics Group is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Sussex. Our research aims to answer some of the fundamental questions posed by modern physics, such as: What is the origin of mass? Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe? What is the nature of the neutrino? Is there physics beyond the Standard Model?

For more information, visit the Experimental Particle Physics Research Group site

Foundations of Software Systems

The Foundations of Software Systems research group focuses on both practical and theoretical aspects of compilation, programming languages, pervasive computing, distributed systems and networking.

For more information, visit the Foundations of Software Systems site

Future of Work Hub

The Future of Work (FoW) Research Group is a focal point for interdisciplinary research on work and employment. It brings together Sussex researchers that draw from different disciplinary areas such as: human resources, employment relations, sociology of work and the professions, organization studies, personnel and labour economics, political economy, law and history.

For more information, visit the Future of Work Hub site

Gene Expression Research Group

The Gene Expression Research Group is a group of Researchers based at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School who aim to address the molecular mechanisms that regulate the expression of genes. The research interests of the eight members of faculty and their research teams span a range of processes from chromatin structure, through transcription and translation to small RNAs.

For more information, visit the Gene Expression Research Group site

Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group

The Industrial Informatics and Signal Process group (i2sp) promote and develop innovative ideas and place them into commercially viable environments. With multi-disciplinary expertise and the latest technological processes, they provide systems-level solutions to challenging problems in industry, government & business.

For more information, visit the Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group site

Information, Networks and Knowledge

INK is SPRU's ICT research group dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the interactions between innovation in ICT and social, political, economic and market dynamics.

For more information, visit the Information, Networks and Knowledge site

Insect Navigation Research Group

The navigational strategies employed by insects enable them to walk or fly over long distances, find food and return to their nest. To accomplish this they utilise a toolkit of elegant sensory and 'cognitive' strategies. The Insect Navigation Group study these strategies using traditional behavioural experiments as well computational and robotic models.

For more information, visit the Insect Navigation Research Group site

International Business

The key research themes of the International Business Research Group are global value chains & MNEs; institutions and the governance of enterprises; entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability; and finance and international business. More broadly we are concerned with the strategies, operations, and impact not only of large established MNEs but also small international new ventures.

Intrapreneurship Hub

The Intrapreneurship Hub is a collaborative research initiative between the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex, SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy and Renmin University of China, School of Business. The Hub assists established companies to identify effective mechanisms to support the development of new business initiatives and innovative processes, enabling them to adopt robust managerial practices and stay at the forefront of innovation management.

For more information, visit the Intrapreneurship Hub site

Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects

The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex is the largest research group in the UK studying honey bees and other social insects. Social insects are the insects that live in a colony with a queen and workers like many bees, ants, wasps and termites. LASI research studies the honey bee and other social insects "in the round" addressing both applied and basic questions. The applied research is aimed at helping the honey bee and beekeepers, whilst the basic research studies how insect societies function.

For more information, visit the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects site

Learning, Memory and Plasticity Group

This research group is a lose affiliation of senior research neuroscientists and faculty with a common interest in the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of neuroplasticity especially as they relate to learning and memory formation.

For more information, visit the Learning, Memory and Plasticity Group site

Marketing Innovation Research Group

The mission of the Marketing Innovation Research Group is to develop a deeper knowledge of how organisations understand and deliver value to their customers, clients or users. The groups key research themes are: Innovation and new product development; Relationship marketing - B2C (Business to Consumer), B2B and C2C, and Consumer psychology. The group has a particular focus on service and cultural sector organisations.

Mathematical Physics Group

We focus on the mathematical aspects of physics which include: classical and quantum gravity, black holes, quantum field theory, foundations of quantum mechanics, rigorous quantum mechanics, mathematical challenges in quantum chemistry, statistical physics, fracture problems in solids, percolation and foundations of statistical physics. The group promotes interdisciplinary research that uses applied mathematical and theoretical physics methods, for example in applications to finance and econophysics.

Mathematics Applied to Biology Research Group

Research within the mathematics applied to biology group focuses on two broad research areas. The first area of interest is population modelling with a focus on mathematical epidemiology, evolutionary game theory and population genetics. The second area focuses on reaction diffusion equations and dynamical systems with applications in developmental biology and bio-medicine ranging from pattern formation, tumor growth and angiogenesis to biomechanics of the muscle-skeletal system.

For more information, visit the Mathematics Applied to Biology Research Group site

Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre

The ultimate goal of the Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre is to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases and markers of the disease for early diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. The group brings leading basic scientists with diverse expertise in Neuroscience, molecular genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, and electron microscopy together with neurologist clinicians to form a vibrant and collaborative environment for research into neurodegenerative diseases.

For more information, visit the Neurodegenerative Disease and Ageing Research Centre site

Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Research Group

Research within the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (NASC) group concentrates on the modelling and analysis of problems coming from engineering, the physical and the life sciences. The interests of the group range from rigorous existence and uniqueness analysis of (coupled systems of) PDEs and variational inequalities, through the development and analysis of numerical methods to the implementations of these methods (scientific computing). Current research directions comprise free boundary problems, numerical methods for nonlinear partial differential equations, optimisation with PDE constraints, inverse problems, large scale scattered data approximation and numerical methods for high dimensional problems.

For more information, visit the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Research Group site

Pharma Supply Chains and Healthcare Technology

The mission of the Pharma Supply Chains and Healthcare Technology research group is to advance, transmit, and sustain knowledge and understanding through research for the benefit of Pharma and healthcare communities. Our focus is on the technological and socio-organisational nature of innovation, sustainability, and risk within Pharma supply chains and healthcare systems.

For more information, visit the Pharma Supply Chains and Healthcare Technology site

Probability and Statistics Research Group

Research interests are in random processes in random environment, point processes, applications of probability to fractional calculus and non-local operators, hydrodynamic limits, large deviations and interacting particle systems, rigorous bayesian methods in inverse problems, numerical solution of stochastic partial differential equations, the probabilistic theory of networks. Areas of applications include mathematical statistical physics, mathematical epidemiology, economics and mathematical finance.

For more information, visit the Probability and Statistics Research Group site

Public Culture Hub

The Public Culture Hub is a research group in the School of Media, Film, and Music that builds on an expanding range of work on public culture, journalism, media history, civil media and activist movements. It is concerned with matters of democracy, power and openness - and above all with the notion of 'the public'. "The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear," Hannah Arendt once argued, "assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves." But to talk of publics is to talk of encounters between people which are always, to some extent, mediated. The Hub therefore brings together discussion of 'the public' and 'the media' - and interrogates their evolving meanings and connections in the 21st Century. It does this through a focus on six inter-related themes: austerity, activist media and civil society; media history and public institutions; sound and listening in public life; new public spaces and performances; and public intellectuals.

Quantitative International Finance Network

The QFIN at Sussex provides independent, customized and responsible solutions to promote innovation in financial markets. Our flexible approach resolves problems ranging from small boutique model development to advice on implementing complex financial systems.

For more information, visit the Quantitative International Finance Network site

Social and Applied Psychology Research Group

Social and Applied Psychology is a field that concerns itself with the attitudes and behaviour of people in their social environments. Above all, it focuses on how people's relationships - with others in their groups or with those who belong to different groups affect behaviour and in turn, how relationships are affected by the social context in which people find themselves. The Social & Applied Psychology Group is one of the largest groups of social and applied social psychologists in the UK. Its work is concerned with theory development, testing, and application in the following four main areas.

For more information, visit the Social and Applied Psychology Research Group site

Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies

The Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies is focused on the exploitation and development of disruptive quantum technologies and members of the centre are part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub on Networked Quantum Information Technologies and the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology.

For more information, visit the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies site

Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer

The central aim of Sussex Health Outcomes, Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C) is to conduct pragmatic research in psychosocial oncology. The group's work includes helping improve the communication skills of members of cancer teams, developing and evaluating patient interventions, producing educational training materials and measuring quality of life in clinical trials of cancer therapy.

For more information, visit the Sussex Health Outcomes Research and Education in Cancer site

Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

The Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre promotes research initiatives and intellectual exchange on 'rights' and 'justice', both of which have long been central intellectual and political concerns within the University of Sussex. The Centre began its life in the early 2000s as the 'Justice, Violence and Rights Research Centre', which drew particularly from the departments of anthropology, law and international relations. An expanded centre was newly re-launched in 2015. Its aim is to bring together faculty, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and interested postgraduate students from across the University and enable them to share their own work, build relationships and exchange ideas with each other in a rigorous but friendly interdisciplinary forum. The Centre, moreover, facilitates collaboration with other scholars and institutions interested in the study of the ethics and politics of rights and justice.

For more information, visit the Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre site

Synaesthesia Research Group

Synaesthesia is a joining together of sensations that are normally experienced separately. Studying synaesthesia may help us to understand how the brain segregates and integrates different sensations and thoughts. The Synaesthesia research group here at Sussex look at a wide variety of topics related to the phenomenon, encompassing the neurological and behavioural aspects as well as the potential application of synaesthesia research.

For more information, visit the Synaesthesia Research Group site

The Reginald Phillips Research Network for Improving Education for People with Visual Impairment

The aim the RM Phillips Research Network is to promote the education of blind and visually impaired children. The Network will investigate the problems that blind children have with understanding information and the way it is typically represented in the sighted world (including via text and images). The Network will explore how new technology can be developed to address these limitations in educational settings and beyond. All partners in the network share a common approach of using knowledge and theories of cognition to inform the research agenda but bring expertise from different areas including language comprehension (Oakhill), multi-sensory perception (Ward), and information visualisation (Cheng).

For more information, visit the The Reginald Phillips Research Network for Improving Education for People with Visual Impairment site

Theoretical Particle Physics Research Group

The Theoretical Particle Physics Group's research deals with questions regarding the fundamental constituents of nature and their interactions, such as: What is the origin of the masses of the known elementary particles? What is the quantum theory of gravitation? How did an asymmetry between matter and antimatter develop in the early universe? How can we test these ideas at experiments, such as the Large Hadron Collider, or the Planck Satellite? TPP has close ties with both the experimental particle physics group as well as the astronomy centre here in Sussex. We are a member of the the NExT institute, including particle theory and experimental groups at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Royal Holloway and Queen Mary, University of London and Southampton University.

For more information, visit the Theoretical Particle Physics Research Group site

Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre

The Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC) is a dedicated research laboratory specialising in both fundamental and applied research in thermofluids. The group has expertise in the areas of aerodynamics and heat transfer is generally applied to research in gas turbine technology. There is a particular emphasis on gas turbine internal air systems and modelling of aeroacoustics and combustion.

For more information, visit the Thermo-Fluid Mechanics Research Centre site

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