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Big Data Enterprise And Artificial Intelligence Lab

Big-DEAL is the first of its kind commercial innovation laboratory that brings together experts from academia and industry to develop cross-disciplinary innovative digital solutions to solve real-world problems. Big-DEAL specialises in the infrastructure, engineering, construction, operations and facility management sectors. We work closely with a range of organisations, including Balfour Beatty, Costain Limited, Schneider Electric, Waste Plan Solutions, Sustainable Direction Limited, TerOpta.

Big-DEAL has attracted more than £18 million in funding from Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and EPSRC. Big-DEAL carries out industrial research in collaboration with top UK companies and SMEs.


To develop a world-leading cross-disciplinary research laboratory that leverages novel digital technologies to address current needs and future challenges. To develop commercially sound digital solutions that drive up commercial competitiveness and productivity, and that improve the quality of life and well-being of the society at large.

Research Areas

  • Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Knowledge-based Systems
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Immersive Technologies: Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
  • Simulation, Mathematical Modelling and Optimisation
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Cyber-physical Security
  • Quantum Algorithms
  • Mobile Technologies