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Building a brighter future for all

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. The UK Government Industrial Strategy highlighted four interdisciplinary Grand Challenges – artificial intelligence and data, ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility – and the Future & Emerging Technologies Theme is contributing to all of them.

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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South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SCCoE)

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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

We're fuelling technological advances in animation, visual effects (VFX), cross reality (XR), User Experience (UX), computer and video games, and visual computing.

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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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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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