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All the news from 2015.

Professor Vijayakumar awarded Tam Dalyell Prize 2015

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded the University's Tam Dalyell Prize 2015 by the Principal, Professor Timothy O’Shea.

Informatics alumnus wins global final

Dr Grant Passmore’s company Aesthetic Integration has been announced winner of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge.

Informatics interns in action

2015 saw a number of our undergraduates impress the University’s Learning, Teaching and Web team when they joined them as paid interns.

Postgraduate prize winners 2015

Congratulations to those outstanding MSc students awarded School prizes after our winter graduation ceremony.

Sealing the deal with Japan on robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has sealed two major contracts at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Tokyo.

Text mining wish list for the culture sector

Research Fellow Dr Beatrice Alex has produced a wish list for galleries, libraries, archives and museums who are interested in sharing their data.

Edinburgh Hoppers: women in technology celebrate 10 years

On 5 December, Edinburgh University’s student-run women in technology group, the ‘Hoppers,’ celebrated their 10th anniversary.

Virtual ‘open day’ for MSc/PhD Robotics: Wednesday 9 December 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems will hold a virtual ‘open day,’ focussing on its combined MSc/PhD in Robotics, 10am Wednesday 9 December 2015

Edinburgh to conduct research on the NASA Valkyrie robot

NASA’s ground breaking humanoid robot, Valkyrie, will ‘join’ the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics early in 2016.

Dr Guido Sanguinetti: ‘unplugged’

Dr Guido Sanguinetti will discuss ‘Informatics Challenges in Biology: from big data to big models’ as part of the University’s Academics Unplugged series, 19 November 2015.

ICMI Ten-Year Technical Impact Award

Dr Jean Carletta has received a Ten-Year Technical Impact Award from the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), Seattle, 9-13 November 2015.

Alan Turing Institute partners with Intel

The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science, has agreed to form a long-term strategic partnership with the multinational technology giant, Intel.

Postgraduate Open Day 18 November 2015

Potential MSc, MPhil and PhD Informatics students are warmly invited to join us on Wednesday 18 November 2015 for our Postgraduate Open Day.

British Library Labs Award

An interdisciplinary team including Dr Beatrice Alex, Dr Claire Grover and Professor Jon Oberlander has received an award in the research category of the British Library Labs Award 2015.

Humanoids 2015 best paper award

Dr Maurice Fallon and collaborators have received the award for best oral paper at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics.

Informatics alumni through to finals in UBS start-up competition

Three start-up companies, each founded by Informatics graduates, have been selected for the global finals of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge.

Professor Leonid Libkin elected to Academia Europaea

Professor Leonid Libkin, Professor of Foundations of Data Management, has been elected to Academia Europæa, an eminent organisation for European scholars.

Distinguished alumnus becomes first Director of Alan Turing Institute

Informatics alumnus, Professor Andrew Blake, has become the first Director of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science, established earlier this year.

Alexandru Gheorghiu: best student paper

Congratulations to postgraduate research student Alexandru Gheorghiu on winning Best Student Paper at QCrypt 2015, the international conference on quantum cryptography.

Showcasing our MOOCs

Two of the School’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been featured by the University in a showcase of innovative open learning resources.

The robots are ready, are you?

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has delivered the first lecture in the University’s Our Changing World series for 2015.

Querying big graph data

From November 2015, an ERC-funded project led by Professor Wenfei Fan will investigate the challenges of querying big graph data with limited resources.

Centre for Robotics shortlisted for NMI award

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has been shortlisted for the NMI University Research Group of the Year Award 2015.

Industry summit explores how data science is transforming media

Media organisations from around the world are meeting in the School of Informatics to explore how advances in data science are changing the way the media works.

Postgrad Student Alexander Enoch Runner Up in Converge Challenge Competition

Congratulations to IPAB PhD student Alexander Enoch for coming runner up in the Converge KickStart Challenge Competition for his work on Red Robotics.

EU grant for gardening robot

Professor Bob Fisher and colleagues have been awarded a €1.3million share in a €5.4 million EU Horizon 2020 grant to research and prototype a gardening robot.

Informatics Undergraduate Comes Runner Up in Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards 2015

Marija Pinkute, a final year MInf student, whose project is aimed at the automatic generation of Tweet messages for news articles, came second in the prestigious award.

Dr Elham Kashefi Awarded EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellowships

Congratulations to Dr Elham Kashefi who has been awarded an EPSRC Established Career Quantum Technologies Fellowship to develop her work on the verification of quantum technology.

The Harmonium Project

The University has partnered with the Edinburgh International Festival to open the August festivals in spectacular style.

Alan Turing Institute

Work is getting under way at the Alan Turing Institute, a UK research venture involving Edinburgh scientists from the School of Informatics.

Robotics experts join UK network

Edinburgh robotics experts are to join in an initiative that seeks to develop collaborations with industry and academia.

Informatics study reveals how our brains can form first impressions quickly

Study at the School of Informatics reveals how our brains can form first impressions quickly

Informatics winner at Inspire Launch Grow Awards!

Congratulations to DTC student Alexander Enoch for winning the Innovation Cup at the recent Launch Grow Awards.

BBC cover Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics were visited by BBC Science Editor David Shukman at the beginning of March. The Centre is a joint partnership between The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

Dr Iain Murray Wins EUSA Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr Iain Murray on winning the 2015 Van Heyningen Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering.

Successful ‘Hack the Burgh’ Hackathon

The ‘Hack the Burgh’ Hackathon was organised and hosted by CompSoc, the School of Informatics and Major League Hacking.

Informatics students win CodeVita competition

Two Informatics students have won this year's CodeVita coding competition. CodeVita is one of the largest coding competitions in the world, with over 49,000 teams competing, but it was two of our very own students who came out on top at the final held in Mumbai.

Informatics Students Win UK Open Source Awards

Jean-Luc Stevens and Philipp Rudiger won the UK Open Source Award in the Student category last night. Congratulations to them and their supervisor Jim Bednar!

Alan Turing Institute

Scottish researchers are to be part of a UK national institute that aims to be a world leader in the understanding and application of large-scale digital data.

New Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

University experts have met to mark the launch of a new Centre aimed at developing the next generation of robots.

Foundations of Language-Based Provenance Security

Researchers at the School of Informatics are exploring ways in which ideas from programming languages can provide formal and general foundations to provide secure, end-to-end provenance support in computer systems.

National Student Survey Results 2014

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey, which has been conducted by Ipsos MORI annually since 2005. It gathers opinions from mostly final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. Aimed at current students, the survey asks undergraduates to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

Digital tool boosts skin cancer detection

Skin cancer diagnosis and detection has been boosted by the development of a new app.

Informatics Start-Up Secures Funding

Initially started up by the School of Informatics, FanDuel has just secured $70 million in funding.

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism Affiliate Scheme

Opportunity for Informatics PhD students to benefit from the events and resources of the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism.

Roope Kaivola wins MSR Verified Software Award

Roope Kaivola, a 1997 LFCS PhD graduate has received a major verification award at POPL 2014.

The School of Informatics Signs Collaboration Agreement

The School of Informatics along with the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton has signed a collaboration agreement with The Connected Digital Economy Catapult. The collaboration will to work on a number of areas- spanning the Internet of Things, web and data science, trust, privacy and security, and secondments and internships.

BBC Radio Scotland's Brainwaves Programmes features Robotics Research

BBC Radio Scotland's Brainwaves Programmes features the School of Informatics Robotics Research.

Centres for Doctoral Training Open Day

Whether you’ve already applied or plan to apply to any of the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training offered by the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh come along to our Open Day. Meet the directors and current students, learn more about the CDT programmes, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Don Sannella Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Don Sannella of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Gordon Plotkin Receives EATCS Award 2014

Prof. Gordon Plotkin has been given the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Award for "his lifetime contribution of a research corpus of exceptional depth and influence across a broad range of areas within theoretical computer science."

IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded the 2013 King-Sung Fu IEEE Transactions on Robotics Best Paper award for the paper 'Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control under Actuation Constraints' co-authored with David Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt and Alin Albu-Schäffer.

Improving Cyclists’ Safety with Design Informatics

Four students studying Design Informatics took on a project to address how cyclists feel when out on the road.

Informatics Graduate makes Code First 'One to Watch List'

Informatics graduate Maxim Cramer makes Code First: Girls One to Watch list for 2014.

Informatics PhD Students in final of EPSRC "UK ICT Pioneers" Competition

Two Informatics PhD Students; Herry Herry and Stefano Albrecht are through to the Final of the EPSRC Competition "UK ICT Pioneers 2014".

Learning App Developed by Informatics Graduate is Nominated for Award

A learning APP for children developed by the company TigerFace Games, which specialises in tablet based games, has been nominated for a 'Best Learning App' award by iKids.

New Informatics MOOC Launched

Registrations are now open for our Informatics MOOC, "Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming".

New Royal Society Industry Fellow, Taku Komura, to work with Disney Research

The Royal Society recently announced eight new fellowships aimed at strengthening links between academia and industry. The fellowships are awarded to academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

New research aims to improve energy efficiency, cut costs and carbon emissions

Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change, six new research projects, including one at the School of Informatics, are launched today which aim to gain a fuller understanding of how energy is managed in the country's non- domestic buildings.

School of Informatics Jamboree 2015

The Informatics Jamboree is an annual intellectual and social extravaganza open to all members of the School. Events includes talks by guest speakers, poster competition, catered lunches and Ceilidh.