The Intelligent Systems Research Centre (ISRC) is a major research unit within the Faculty of Computing and Engineering in the University of Ulster, located on the Magee campus in the north west of Ireland.
The ISRC is dedicated to the creation of intelligent computational systems, taking inspiration from, and learning from, biology and neuroscience. The work of the Centre is directed at achieving a greater understanding of biological signal processing and the translation of critical aspects of that knowledge into computational systems that can perform in a way that humans would consider "intelligent".
So we seek to research and create systems that are capable of learning, evolving, adapting, self-organising and communicating effectively with humans and other machines. We anticipate intelligent computational systems that can learn from experience, adapt autonomously to unanticipated situations, self-organise to meet current demands and evolve over time to exhibit greater functionality in line with changing environments.
The activities of the Centre are focused on research into computational intelligence and the emulation of brain signal processing. We work on perception, reasoning, cognitive robotics, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent embedded systems, intelligent wireless sensor networks, intelligence in serious computer games, self-repairing hardware and software, and intelligent multimedia.
Our work is very interdisciplinary and we have recently established a computational neuroscience research team within the centre in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin's Institute of Neuroscience. This will enable us to form close research linkages with colleagues in neuroscience and accelerate the transfer of neuroscience knowledge into computational systems.
Currently we are composed of approximately 85 researchers, including academic staff, research fellows, research associates and PhD students. Under our development plans we aim to grow to approximately 100 researchers within five years.
Photos of the Research Centre and Campus