Our vision is to deliver high quality interdisciplinary research that has real value to society; both economically, technologically, and socially.

All of the research that we undertake has a real world application and is addressing a current or future challenge identified by industry. Projects are undertaken in collaboration with commercial and academic partners, and our research teams are headed up by leading academics. Our researchers and project managers tend to have strong industrial backgrounds.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirmed the University of Warwick’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities ranking 7th overall of the UK multi-faculty institutions. A total of 87% of the University’s research activity is at a quality level of either 3* or 4* and in the unit of assessment that included WMG, 90% of the research was ranked as 3* or 4*, with our overall quality profile (Grade Point Average) at 3.22 (out of 4.0).

Within WMG, our multidisciplinary skills mean we are active in a range of sectors including:

  • automotive
  • aerospace and defence
  • business
  • construction
  • energy and utilities
  • food and drink
  • healthcare
  • IT
  • security
  • rail

We currently have 19 expert research groups, working across five broad themes of Design, Materials, Manufacturing, Systems and Business Transformation. Follow the links to find out more:


Experiential engineering

We use design thinking to understand, design and optimise people’s experiences with products, technology, environments and services. We work in a truly multi-disciplinary way by creatively blending methods from design, engineering, psychology, human factors, social sciences, business and computer science.

Through the translation of subjective experiences into engineering requirements, we optimise user and societal acceptance of new and disruptive technologies across the mobility, healthcare and energy sectors to deliver future-focused human-centred innovation.

Engineering psychology

We optimise workplaces, interventions, systems and products by applying the science of human behaviour, cognition, sensory perception, and capability.

Engineering psychology is essential to understanding and anticipating human-technology interaction, health and wellbeing in the workplace, consumer behaviour, product personalisation, and acceptance.


We’re applying high fidelity, multisensory virtual reality, and simulated 3D environments in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare, and cultural heritage.

Such authentic simulations enable decisions to be taken within the virtual world with high confidence that the same decision would be made in the real world.


Electrochemical engineering

By applying the latest electrochemical techniques and our knowledge of materials, we can characterise, validate, and optimise novel processes, systems and devices.

Two key areas of our research are lithium ion battery materials and manufacturing, and molten salt electrolysis. By exploiting and integrating novel materials, advanced electrode formulations, manufacturing techniques and testing methodologies we are developing next generation cell technology.

Materials and manufacturing

We’re creating next generation lightweight solutions using metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and hybrids. Collaborating with global partners in the rail, aerospace and defence industries, as well as the automotive sector, we identify and exploit cross-sector opportunities.


Our nanocomposites capability encompasses both fundamental and applied research, associated with the manufacture of novel materials, devices and components with tailored functionality and properties.

We can produce multifunctional components that have application in a broad range of industries, such as telecommunications, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, security and medicine.

Science and technology of steels products and processing

We’re addressing challenges in the physico-chemical aspects of both iron and steel manufacturing and usage, including ore reduction, alloy chemistry and cleanliness control, segregation and scaling.

We have particular expertise in micro-structure properties and steel coating, and have formed a key partnership with Tata Steel.

Sustainable materials and manufacturing

We provide a ‘one stop shop’ for green technology, with expertise spanning materials engineering, chemistry, economics, chemical engineering, sustainable materials and processes, polymer processing, life cycle analysis, environmental science and microbiology.

Working with industry, we can identify where damage is being done to the environment and develop new materials and processes to combat it.


Automation systems

We’re developing tools and technologies to support the lifecycle of automation in manufacturing, process control, and embedded systems. This includes real-time control and the seamless integration of business systems with automation systems to create the factories of the future.
Our major theme is the virtual engineering of automation systems and the direct deployment of control and monitoring capabilities from a common lifecycle engineering model.

Digital lifecycle management

Working across digital design and manufacturing, process monitoring, process control, and industrial systems, we’re integrating products, processes and complex services with system design.

Our research focus is to create novel closed-loop production systems with capabilities to self-recover from product failures and changes. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a ‘right-first-time’ capability.


The ability to assess manufacturing quality, and identify and resolve issues as early as possible, is a critical aspect of new product development.

With expertise in materials forensics and characterisation, we can deliver comprehensive materials performance information, assist companies in determining the origin of micro-structural defects in a component, and provide powerful 3D scans and visualisations of products or prototypes to aid in decision making.

Net-shape manufacturing

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) and Machining Technologies deliver high performance products at an affordable cost and with short lead-time.

We’re applying ALM technologies into new sectors, exploring the development of new materials with enhanced or tailored properties. Our machining work, including metal matrix composites, and titanium alloys, or carbon fibre composites, can help optimise machining operations.


Advanced propulsion systems

Building a low carbon future means developing efficient transport systems which are a genuine, viable and attractive alternative for both businesses and consumers.

We’re developing the powertrain and battery technologies that are vital in establishing advanced hybrid and electric commercial and off-highway vehicles, rail and marine systems. Our key areas of activity are battery systems, electric machines, power electronics, and control systems.

Biomedical informatics, imaging, and healthcare

At our Institute of Digital Healthcare, we’re working with the NHS and other public and private sector organisations to improve people's health and wellbeing by developing new digital technologies and services.

Our key areas of research cover healthcare technologies, e-health innovation, healthcare systems engineering, neuro-imaging statistics. These can be applied to whole organisations and care pathways, to individual clinicians and patients, right down to capture and interpretation of biomedical signals.

Cyber security

We have a wealth of expertise and experience spanning intelligence and defence, cyber crime, finance, commercial environments, business strategy, computer science, engineering, digital forensics, and security protocols.

We’re using these skills to deliver transformative solutions for governments and industry, and for individuals and communities at regional, national and global levels

Energy systems

Our expertise lies in energy storage, energy management, complex electrical systems, and advanced propulsion.

We’re collaborating with companies to develop significant improvements in powertrain architecture, control optimisation strategies, secondary power source modelling, and energy storage technologies, as well as connected and autonomous vehicles.

Intelligent vehicles

Our focus is on making the technology work on real cars, with real people, in real time.

Combining capabilities across our research areas, we’re working to understand the full research and practical applications of intelligent vehicles. This includes human-machine interfaces and driver in the loop; security, robustness, validation and verification of complex systems and software; direct and indirect sensing; data analysis; legal and ethical frameworks; and new business opportunities.

Business Transformation

Operations and supply chain strategy

Taking a problem-centred approach to our research, we use supply chain strategy as a lever for business transformation. Our expertise includes the circular economy, data-driven decision making, offsets and economic engagement, supply network structures, and supply chain/consumption interfaces.

We collaborate with industrial partners across a range of sectors including agrochemicals, automotive, defence, consumer-packaged goods (CPG), retail and pharmaceuticals.

Service systems

With the nature of the global economic system changing rapidly, a complex system of connected entities is emerging; of physical goods, people, communities, and organisations, for greater individualised fulfilment of needs.

Our research helps organisations adapt their products, services and operations to respond to the future connected digital economy, and supports the transformation that results from these new economic opportunities.