School of Informatics


The research programmes organised by the School of Informatics encompass a wide range of domains.


Bioinformatics at Edinburgh includes research within Informatics, Biology and Biomedicine. It investigates a wide spectrum of problems at a variety of levels of detail. For example: understanding gene regulation and embryo development; analysing genetic variation; understanding the forces that shape gene and genome evolution; understanding of the development and functioning of specific neural structures.

Machine Learning

Machine Learning methods are widely researched and used in many places in the School, e.g. in ANC, IPAB, ILCC and elsewhere. With the co-location of the School in the Forum there is an opportunity to develop the links between these various groups, so as to enhance mutual understanding, and likely lead to new research opportunities.

Security and Privacy

Research on security and privacy in the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh spans a range of topics including cryptography, language-based security, security verification, and usability.

We have strong links with outside groups, including the Constructive Security Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, within the University of Edinburgh Microsoft Research Joint Initiative in Informatics.