School of Informatics

Research topics

We offer the widest choice of research projects in informatics in the UK.

The following list of topics is meant to serve as a source of ideas, and is neither exhaustive or complete  and you are welcome to propose a novel topic.

Research students are hosted within one of our six research Institutes. You will need to know which Institute you are applying to. We have given an overview of the main research areas associated with each Institute in the table below. Explore the Institute websites for more specific suggested topics, you can also use the Edinburgh Research Explorer.

List of Informatics projects which have grant-funded scholarships available for PhD candidates.

Informatics Institutes

Institute Main research areas Website Subgroups
Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA)
  • Knowledge representation and automated reasoning
  • Agent Systems and Planning
  • Software Systems
CISA website Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI)
Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (ANC)
  • Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience
  • Machine learning
  • Bioinformatics

ANC website

Suggested topics

 
Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC)
  • Computational approaches to language, communication, and cognition
  • Natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • Information extraction, retrieval and presentation
  • Educational and assistive technology

ILCC website

Suggested topics

Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR)

Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC)

Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA)
  • Computing Architecture and Circuits
  • Optimisation and Parallel Programming
  • Networks and communications

ICSA website

Suggested topics

 
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour (IPAB)
  • Computer Vision and Graphics
  • Robotics

IPAB website

Suggested topics

 
Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS)
  • Theory and foundations of computer science
  • Formal models and methods for design, verification, and performance analysis
  • Database theory and practice
  • Algorithms and computational complexity theory
  • Logic, semantics, and programming languages

LFCS website

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Other areas of research