About Us

The University of Oxford’s e-Research Centre is a multidisciplinary applied research department, developing and applying innovative computational and information technology in both academic research and industrial applications.

The Centre acts as a hub for interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside of the University nationally and internationally. Expertise in digital methods enables the Centre to work across traditional academic boundaries.

We connect disciplines, applications and computation to accelerate research and collaboration. We provide a world-leading environment that enables collaborative research, interfacing innovative technologies across academic and commercial partnerships to address the grand challenges of today and the future.

10 years of excellence

Forming succesful collaborations means seeing things from more than just a technical perspective. Research in the Centre is built upon close collaboration with researchers from different disciplines.

Founded in 2006, this year marks the e-Research Centre’s tenth anniversary. The Centre is now home to over 50 staff including more than 40 researchers.

We hold a £10m portfolio of research and development projects across an impressively diverse range of disciplines. 

Our funding comes from a broad range of sources including UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, the European Commission, charitable foundations and industrial collaborators.

The success of the Centre has been due in part to:

  • The strength of our collaborations both within and outside the University
  • Our unique status as the only centre for e-research in the UK
  • An ability to respond quickly to changing trends in requirements and funding
  • An approach that favours adapting scholarly practice in order to achieve new research outcomes

Looking ahead the Centre will continue this trajectory of success with a strategic emphasis focussing on:

  • Technology   Application of advanced and emerging technologies
  • Community   Engagement with research communities, industry, government and the public
  • Interdisciplinarity   Working across boundaries, being flexible and agile, opening doors
  • Research   Asking and answering questions, providing solutions to difficult problems
  • Application   Real world, applied research, with impact
  • Transformation   Creative, generative, innovative in scholarship and application
  • Expertise   Unique collection of experts, ambition to help, incubator of people and ideas
  • Policy   Agenda setting, and driving change

‘Enabling’ - putting the ‘e’ into e-Research

Our central goal of ‘enabling’ means not only enabling and empowering researchers through new research methods, but helping other University departments to bid for and win interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects that they would not otherwise be able to.

Working across walls - partnership as a way of life

Cutting across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts and medicine, the Centre has established a broad range of partnerships.

These include many project-by-project collaborations with other departments around the University, sometimes with the PI in another department and postdoctoral staff in the Centre.

We also have strategic partnerships around the University which endure beyond individual projects and typically involve shared staff and representation on our Management Committee.

Bringing technological and research expertise together

Our research relies on interdisciplinarity, for example through digital methods from one discipline being applied in another.  No area within the Centre exists as a silo and each intersects with the others in different ways depending on the application, areas and technologies involved. The Centre includes specialists in a wide range of technologies ranging from scientific and visual computing to e-infrastructure and data repository and management. However, to form successful collaborations it is important to see things from more than a technical perspective and our team has expertise working across a wide range of disciplines as well. These include, amongst others; the physical sciences and engineering: arts, humanities and social sciences; energy and environment; and the biological and medical sciences.

For the purposes of initial contact, our key areas of internal expertise are represented as follows:

Digital Humanities, Digital Social Research, Internet of Things
Professor David De Roure
david.deroure@oerc.ox.ac.uk
Energy and Environment, Volunteer Computing,
e-Infrastructure and Cloud Computing, Security
Professor David Wallom
david.wallom@oerc.ox.ac.uk
Language Modelling
Professor Janet Pierrehumbert
janet.pierrehumbert@oerc.ox.ac.uk
Life Science Data Management and Publication
Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone
susanna-assunta.sansone@oerc.ox.ac.uk
Scientific Computing
Dr Wes Armour
wes.armour@oerc.ox.ac.uk
Visualisation
Professor Min Chen
min.chen@oerc.ox.ac.uk

For general enquiries please contact
info@oerc.ox.ac.uk