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In this information age, the formalised representation of knowledge and automation of reasoning form the basis of the computerised systems that shape our world.
At the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA), we lead the way in research into this vital field, both in facilities and quality of research.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
You'll find a wide range of research areas within CISA, from abstract research using logic and theorem-proving methods to systems-oriented research. Our current research groups encompass:
Intelligent systems are a driving force for change in areas ranging from reasoning on the web to industrial supply chain management. Aided by our links with commercial and government bodies, the research you will undertake could shape the future of technology.
Students carry out research work within a research group under the guidance of a supervisor. Students may also attend lectures that are relevant to their research topic, as prescribed by their supervisor.
You will be expected to attend seminars and meetings of relevant research groups. Periodic reviews of progress are conducted to assist with research planning.
A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development in a wide range of topics, from writing and presentation skills to entrepreneurship and career strategies.
The award-winning Informatics Forum is an international research facility for computing and related areas. It hosts two robotics labs, an instrumented multimedia room, eye-tracking and motion capture systems, and a recording studio. Its spectacular atrium plays host to industry showcases, student hackathons and major research conferences.
Among our entrepreneurial initiatives is Informatics Ventures, set up in 2008 to support globally ambitious software companies in Scotland and nurture a technology cluster to rival Boston, Pittsburgh, Kyoto and Silicon Valley.
The School of Informatics is also home to Inspace, a laboratory covering 300m2 that also serves as a gallery, studio, cinema, workshop and lecture space.
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While your research studies are a perfect route to a career in academia, your degree could also take you into the commercial world of applied intelligent systems.
Software developers and the users of automated planning systems are among those who rely on the insights of researchers. NASA and animation company Pixar are just two of the organisations that have recently employed our graduates.
As a CISA research student, you’ll have access to one of the most innovative collaborations between research and business – our Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute. Through consultancy, training and development, we offer solutions to commercial and government clients through the application of newly researched techniques.
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013