University of Bristol’s  Research

Bristol Vision Institute (BVI)

The University of Bristol is a world leader in vision research, spanning human and animal vision, artificial vision systems, visual information processing and the creative arts. Bristol Vision Institute (BVI) was formed in 2008 on the basis of strength across disciplines, bringing together some 170 associates from Engineering, Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Ophthalmology, Anatomy, History of Art, Film and Television and Medicine. BVI is one of the largest vision groups in Europe and is unique worldwide in terms of its scope.

BVI’s research is conducted under three linked themes:

  • Visual Engagement: Only through measurement of immersion can we truly understand the influence of technology (display format, dynamic range, compression and viewing environment) on the creative process and user experience. This is essential, for example, if we are to understand the impact of emerging formats on cinematography and are to develop the next generations of camera, display and delivery technology.
  • Vision in Motion: Building on the success of BVI’s Wellcome-funded Motion Lab, BVI’s focus will be on linking vision, body dynamics and the analysis of visual environments, with applications across autonomous systems, rehabilitation and disease impact, and motion capture for rehearsal and animation.
  • Finding and Hiding Things: By better understanding animal vision systems and visual environments we will drive new solutions in visual search, scene understanding, quality assessment, surveillance, navigation, medical treatments and ophthalmology.


Visual Information Laboratory (VI Lab)

The University of Bristol’s Visual Information Laboratory (VI-Lab) exists to undertake innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research resulting in world-leading technology in the areas of computer vision, image and video communications, content analysis and distributed sensor systems. VI-Lab was formed in 2010 from a building a collaboration across the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. It now hosts some 70 researchers – one of the largest groupings of its type in the UK. 


Research and Enterprise Divison (RED)

Led by Jon Hunt, the Research and Enterprise Division (RED) supports activities that create the culture, reputation, and impact that define the University of Bristol. Through their multi-disciplinary teams of professionals, they provide advice, guidance and support across the broad, diverse and fascinating research and enterprise found at the University. They strive to emphasise and accelerate innovation impact and do this through effective internal and external collaboration and coordination. 


Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI)

One of five research institutes at the University of Bristol, BDFI is Bristol’s newest iteration in an impressive track record of digital research and innovation. Their mission is to transform the way new digital technology is created whilst striving toward an inclusive, prosperous and sustainable society. Throughout 2022, a new world-class facility at Temple Quarter Enterprise is being built in Bristol, housing BDFI and MyWorld stakeholders.

Email: (Institute and Partnerships Manager)

Smart Internet Lab 

As one of the UK’s most renowned ICT research centres, the Smart Internet Lab works to address grand societal and industrial challenges. It is led by Professor Dimitra Simeonidou and has facilities that support cutting-edge research in optical and wireless communications in Bristol.

Email: (Technical Consultant)

Pre-incubation & Incubation Business Support

QTEC is a world-leading pre-incubator which facilitates the development of UK-based quantum and deep technology start-ups. The centre is Bristol-based and their core programme QUEST, provides 6 months of training and support for individuals looking to create their own deep technology businesses.

 SETSquared Bristol is a world-leading business incubator supporting early stage, high growth technology companies to grow their business. The incubator provides bespoke business support, skills and training, and an entrepreneurial community including coworking and office space, network connections and events.

 Email: (Programme Manager)

Pervasive Media Studio

Pervasive Media Studio hosts a brilliant community of over 100 artists, creative companies, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology. It is a collaboration between Watershed, University of Bristol and UWE Bristol. Clare Reddington is Watershed’s CEO and Jo Lansdowne is the Pervasive Media Studio Executive Producer. An Executive group oversees the activity of the Studio and is comprised of representatives from the three partners.


The Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC)

The Quantum Technologies Innovation Centre (QTIC) offers dedicated facilities and support services for quantum and deep tech companies to launch, grow and connect. Its mission is to support academic researchers, early-stage entrepreneurs and startup companies to become commercially viable by providing affordable access to specialist facilities, business support and a network of investors, business and industry.  

QTIC builds on the University of Bristol’s world-leading reputation for research and support in quantum technologies, as the home to the Bristol Quantum Information Institute and one of only two UKRI-funded Centres for Doctoral Training in quantum engineering in the UK, alongside its extensive links to industry.


Engine Shed

Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. Engine Shed’s aspiration is to be an ‘incubator of incubators’ with multiple, diverse and independent “Components”, each having an incubation-type function and benefitting from co-location.

The initial Components were:

The business model for Engine Shed is a lease by the University of Bristol from Bristol City Council, splitting operating surplus between BCC and to SETsquared, with 30% for development of the facility and for enterprise projects that stimulate economic activity in and around Engine Shed.

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