Department of Informatics

About the Department

Informatics at Sussex was established in its present form in 2003, building on a long record of excellence in computing teaching and research. For instance, the first public demonstration of an intercontinental computer link using satellite communications was made at Sussex, in 1973. This heritage continues today — with teaching and research in areas including artificial intelligence, bio-inspired computing, cognitive science, digital media technologies, foundational issues in computer systems, and human-computer interaction. Our teaching and research both benefit from strong links with industry.

We teach a rich and stimulating curriculum connecting computer science with a broad range of application areas. A number of our degrees are interdisciplinary, drawing on and contributing to other subjects including business and management, media studies, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. Our student community is diverse and international, and our graduates progress to a wide range of careers.

In research, as well as high quality work in the discipline of computing, Informatics makes significant contributions to many other disciplines. For example, we have collaborations with researchers in biology, education, engineering, international development, media studies, mathematics, medicine, music, neuroscience and psychology. The Department also plays a major role in interdisciplinary research centres at Sussex, including the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR), the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science (COGS), the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (SCCS), and Sussex Neuroscience.

Our students progress to excellent jobs: in annual surveys of graduate employability, of the previous year's graduates in work, consistently over 90% are in graduate-level jobs. Our teaching is informed by high quality research. In the most recent national assessment of research quality in 2014, all aspects of our research environment were classified as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

We have strong links with industry, through spin-out companies founded by our staff, and many applied research and consultancy contracts.

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photo of Ian Mackie

Professor Ian Mackie — Head of Department