The group conducts both foundational and applied research in knowledge representation and reasoning. There are several subareas of particular interest including Qualitative Spatial Reasoning, Foundational Ontology, User modelling and user-adaptive systems and Program Analysis. The group collaborates with the Computer Vision group in the area of behaviour analysis.

The group receives research funding from the EPSRC, DTI the EU, a variety of industrial partners (particularly the Ordnance Survey) and regularly co-publishes with colleagues overseas. Group members sit on various of Editorial Boards, including the Applied Ontology Journal, the Journal of Applied Logic and Tony Cohn is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Artificial Intelligence and Spatial Cognition and Computation; he is also a past President of IJCAI and KR inc.