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We're exploring how new technologies can improve our ever-complex world

Led by Professor Adrian Hopgood, Professor of Intelligent Systems, our Future and Emerging Technologies research is helping make the world a better place.

Future & Emerging Technologies is one of five thematic areas that are written into the University of Portsmouth's Strategy 2025. The Themes support collaboration to extend knowledge and impact in interdisciplinary research, innovation and education.

Interdisciplinarity is the new normal. For example, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Challenge Fund addresses big societal challenges grouped around four core topics – artificial intelligence and data, ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility. The Future & Emerging Technologies Theme is contributing to all of them, and it has three priority areas:

  • Digital Technologies, including AI (aligned with the UK’s first National AI Strategy), extended reality (XR), and quantum technologies
  • Space, ranging from cosmology to satellite applications on Earth, aligned with the UK’s first National Space Strategy
  • Manufacture, materials, and energy, aligned with the UK Government’s plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

The goals of the Future & Emerging Technologies Theme are:
 

  • To establish the University of Portsmouth's international reputation as a centre of excellence for future & emerging technologies and their practical application
  • To provide non-elitist support for interdisciplinary research & innovation
  • To be a driver for economic growth through interdisciplinary research & innovation
  • To act as one of five coordinated thematic areas

 

Theme activities

The Future & Emerging Technologies Theme constantly arranges events and initiatives to develop interdisciplinary research and innovation – here are just some of the areas that have emerged with Theme support.

Artificial Intelligence and its Practical Applications (AIPA) Cluster

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European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications

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Horizons 5G

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Intelligent Transport Cluster

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Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH)

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Space South Central (SSC)

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Research areas

Many of the University's research areas cover the areas of Future and Emerging Technologies, including:

Digital and Creative Technologies research

We're fuelling technological advances in animation, visual effects (VFX), cross reality (XR), user experience (UX), computer and video games, and visual computing. Discover the work we do.

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Health Informatics

We're improving the design of computer systems and wellbeing services to make the delivery of healthcare more efficient and cost-effective, and we're exploring how technology can influence lifestyle choices and reduce health risks.

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Computing

We're exploring how computational paradigms and algorithms can be used to make a positive difference in a variety of human-machine systems – and our research in computational intelligence is already making an impact.

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Civil Engineering

We're working to better understand the increasingly-complex and highly-pressurised nature of modern construction – from the rising prevalence of hybrid technology, to the challenges of managing component supply chains.

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Operational Research and Logistics

We're researching how we can apply quantitative methodologies to improve decision-making across a range of diverse fields of application.

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Mechanical and Design Engineering

Explore the work we're doing in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Engineering – our two areas of expertise in Mechanical & Design Engineering research.

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Research features

Explore our features for a snapshot of our recent research work in this research theme.

Using algorithms to make wind farms more efficient

Professor Dylan Jones
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Professor Jim Briggs

Developing technology that can help save lives
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How Smart Diagnosis is making nuclear power safer

Professor Victor Becerra
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New algorithm will improve bowel-cancer patient care

Predicting how long a patient might spend in hospital if they’re diagnosed with bowel cancer
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Future and Emerging Technology news

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Battery technology

University enters technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling

15 December 2023

University enters technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling
Battery technology

University enters technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling

13 December 2023

University enters technology licensing agreement to advance battery modelling
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Portsmouth cosmologists win public engagement awards

27 September 2023

Portsmouth cosmologists win public engagement awards
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Astrophysicist joins astronaut Tim Peake on an incredible journey through our Universe

18 September 2023

Astrophysicist joins astronaut Tim Peake on an incredible journey through our Universe
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Solar panels and smart batteries powered Portsmouth house for half a year

22 June 2023

Solar panels and smart batteries powered Portsmouth house for half a year

Future and Emerging Technology blogs

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Student House B Roll Shoot

How a hybrid heating system could lower your bills and shrink your carbon footprint

Jovana Radulovic

How a hybrid heating system could lower your bills and shrink your carbon footprint
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What measures could make the use of AI more transparent and explainable to the public?

What measures could make the use of AI more transparent and explainable to the …

What measures could make the use of AI more transparent and explainable to the public?
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How to make better decisions – using scoring systems

How to make better decisions – using scoring systems

How to make better decisions – using scoring systems
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UFOs: what we’ll learn from the Nasa panel investigating sightings

Christopher Pattison

UFOs: what we’ll learn from the Nasa panel investigating sightings
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Portsmouth to host leading European robotic colorectal conference

Portsmouth to host leading European robotic colorectal conference

Portsmouth to host leading European robotic colorectal conference