An overview of what we do.
Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information.
It is a discipline central to a new enlightenment in scholarship and learning, and critical to the future development of science, technology and society.
Research in informatics promises to take information technology to a new level, and to place information at the heart of 21st century science, technology and society.
Our vision at the School of Informatics is to retain and strengthen our position among the top five world-leading centres of research and teaching in computation, information and cognition.
Informatics is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh.
The School provides a fertile environment for a wide range of studies focussed on understanding computation in both artificial and natural systems.
With over 450 academic and research staff and over 850 students, the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.
We offer a flexible choice of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and degrees in:
In the UK, the higher education funding bodies carry out a Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) to enable them to distribute public funds for research, on the basis of quality. This assessment is carried out for all higher education establishments in the UK by subject area. For the last two assessments, Edinburgh has come top for Computing Science and Informatics in the UK.
How we are rated in the most recent RAE (2008):
The research draws on concepts from:
In 2013, the University won share of a £350million investment in UK science and engineering postgraduate training. As part of this investment the School now hosts two Centres for Docotral Training and co-hosts a further centre along with Heriot Watt University.
Data science is an emerging area that focuses on the principles, underlying methods, software, and systems for extracting actionable knowledge from data. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science will train a new generation of data scientists, comprising 50 PhDs over five intake years, with the technical skills and interdisciplinary awareness necessary to become R&D leaders in this emerging area.
Parallelism has become an essential component of mainstream computer systems, pervasive across all scales, from system-on-chip to cloud computing. The new Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism will seek to develop the research leaders of the future across these areas.The programme, which involves industrial partnerships and engagement, will ensure that research is informed by real world case-studies as well as providing a source of diverse internship opportunities.
The new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in Edinburgh will be run in partnership with Heriot-Watt University. It will look to address key challenges for managing interactions between robots and their environments, between multiple autonomous systems, and between robots and humans.
The commercialisation of academic research adds significant value to the UK economy.
Here at the School of Informatics we approach this through our business development team who help to translate our world-leading research into industrial collaborations, new products and new companies.
Our experienced and dedicated business development team is there to liaise with industry, connect them to the right academics and foster relationships through a number of activities:
In addition to attracting investment into the School through business development activity, the School has also been highly successful at encouraging start ups and spins outs from within its research community, with 61 start ups and spinouts created in the past six years alone.