Professor Gordon Love

Professor Gordon Love


I joined Leeds in July 2023, having previously been at Durham University where I took on a number of leadership roles including Head of the new Department of Computer Science and being Deputy Head of the Faculty of Science. At Leeds I am Head of one of the largest Schools in the University. Our research involves AI, Cloud Computing, Scientific Computing, Graphics, Computer Vision, and Theory, and we have a strong cross cutting theme in biology, medicine, and health. We have an excellent top-10 REF result, which I can’t help noting is the best in the University. We have around 1,500 students in total with a thriving undergraduate programme in Leeds, a number of MSc programmes in Computer Science, two CDTs, a programme at Southwest Jiatong University in China, and an online distance learning programme on AI.

My home is in the new Sir William Henry Bragg Building which Computer Science shares with Physics & Astronomy, and the Bragg Centre for Materials Research. My research (see below) sits nicely betwen Computer Science and Physics, and main main current work is with the Soft Matter Group in Physics, where we work on a large collabroative project with Merck on applications of liquid crystal optics in AR and VR. 


  • Head of School of Computing
  • Member of the Library Strategic Advisory Board and the IT Steering Group
  • Member of the OfS TRAC Development Group

Research interests

My research involves optics, imaging, and displays. My background is in physics although currently my work is extremely interdisciplinary and I sit in a space which is a mixture of being a computer scientist, engineer, physicist, and even psychologist.

A common theme to my work has been adaptive and adaptable optics with a specific focus on liquid crystal devices and lenses. My early work was aimed at astronomy and large telescopes, before I diversified into biosciences and more recently vision science and virtual reality.

I have worked with colleagues in engineering, physics, computer science, psychology, maths, biosciences and even geography. My work has been returned to three different REF panels over my career - physics, engineering, and most recently computer science.

My latest work involves the optics of the eye - I am interested in the mechanisms behind how the eye focuses light which has important ramifications for VR displays.

I work with colleagues in the Computational Science and Engineering Theme and the Soft Matter Group in Physics.

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Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Computer Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Member of Optica
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