Emerging Themes

In addition to our challenge-led strategic research themes, we support a number of community-driven research themes, in key underpinning technologies such as AI and Robotics, as well as in Materials and Transport.

Robotics and AI

Bringing together researchers from across disciplines to drive forward the understanding, development and integration of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation.


We aim to create and innovate the next generation of advanced materials and processing technologies, to address the global grand challenges of clean growth, future mobility and a healthy and ageing society.


Transport takes a user-driven approach, developing a close understanding of sector needs through partnerships with industry, as well as fundamental research that spans the breadth of engineering, focusing on rail, automotive and aerospace transportation sectors.