University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is one of the top research-led universities and can lay claim to 25 Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former staff and students, including 4 current Nobel laureates. The university has 10,712 staff and is organized into 4 word leading research faculties, namely Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), Life Sciences, Humanities and Medicine. The School of Computer Science is part of EPS and ranked first in England in UK Research Assessment 2008 according to research power, and plays important roles in the two EU FET flagship projects (Graphene and Human Brain Project) and collaborates with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) experiment headquartered in the university Jodrell Bank Observatory. The school also has a long and distinguished research record, including the first stored program computer, including the development of the first stored program computer the late ‘40s, and the development of virtual memory among a range of innovations in the Atlas computer in the early ‘60s.

The school retains strong activities in computer systems and engineering (indeed, graphene, the discovery of which led to the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010, was first observed using a microscope in our engineering and nanotechnology labs, and pioneering work on graphene devices has been carried out in the school), but our significant size has enabled critical mass to be established across the discipline, and the school is also home to world leading research that, both shapes the discipline and extends its reach, including in automated reasoning, bioinformatics, eScience, semantic web, image analysis, nanoengineering and storage technologies, text mining, and machine learning.

The Advanced Processor Technologies group (APT) continues the excellent record in computer systems and engineering, and encompasses a range of research activities addressing the formidable complexity of the microelectronics technology of the future. APT is one of the few centers of excellence able to design complex silicon as demonstrated by SpiNNaker; a one million ARM cores massively parallel architecture. APT has helped the EU competitive position with commercialization examples such as the ICL Goldrush Database server, Amulet processors (Low-power architectures) bought by ARM Ltd., Transitive Corporation (Virtualization and Binary Translation) bought by IBM and Silistix Ltd (Networks-on-Chip).