The College's research centres apply expertise from science, engineering and technology disciplines to world-leading research in art and design. Our research centres address some of the major challenges facing society today: material science, a healthy ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility. We work with partners from around the world to establish new collaborative research partnerships with human-centred, design-led approaches at their heart.
Our research centres
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
The Centre is a global leader in Inclusive Design, Design Thinking and Creative Leadership, working with government, business, academia and the third sector.
Intelligent Mobility Design Centre
The Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) leads research at the intersection of people, mobility and technology within a complex and changing urban and global environment.
Materials Science Research Centre
Research in the Materials Science Research Centre focuses on the invention and the experience of materials to address real world challenges, specifically environmental sustainability, and human health and wellbeing.
RCA Robotics Laboratory
Combining creative techniques, mechanisms and functions from nature and art, and approaches from the experimental sciences, the RCA Robotics Laboratory develops new robotic technologies enhancing access, safety and performance in a wide range of industrial applications.
Computer Science Research Centre
Furthering the RCA agenda of linking science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects with art & design, this research centre develops new opportunities for interdisciplinary research. The centre pioneers research in priority research areas such as multisensory perception and cognition, artificial intelligence, smart an interactive technologies, and information systems. Together they form the foundation for unravelling the science behind the sense, learn and respond abilities in humans.