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. 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
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
European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications
Intelligent Transport Cluster
Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH)
Space South Central (SSC)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore our features for a snapshot of our recent research work in this research theme.