School of Informatics


University of Edinburgh Microsoft Research Joint Initiative in Informatics

In 2011 the School of Informatics, in conjunction with Microsoft Research based in Cambridge, launched a joint initiative in Informatics which offered four funded PhD scholarships. Two years on, the initiative is going strong, with all four of the PhD students recently invited to the Microsoft Research PhD Summer School.

The initiative builds on strong research ties between the two institutions including programming languages and semantics, bioinformatics, machine learning, computer vision, natural-language processing, and security.

In Edinburgh, we have one of the most long-standing computer science and artificial intelligence centres in the UK. In all that time, there has been a strong relationship between the university and Microsoft. This is another key step along the way.

Professor David RobertsonHead of the School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

Current Cohort

The current cohort of PhD students, funded through the Microsoft Research Connections PhD Scholarship Programme, are exploring all aspects of Informatics from machine learning methods and markets through to an evaluation of LINQ all supervised by School of Informatics academics.

Microsoft Research PhD Summer School


Pictured left to right: Jelte Meuse, Anastasis Georgoulas, Andy Gordon, Miltiadis Allamanis and Jinli Hu

The students were recently invited to attend the Microsoft Research PhD Summer School, an annual event organised by Microsoft Research Cambridge in relation to its PhD Scholarship Programme. The event includes a series of talks of academic interest, transferable skills talks, and poster sessions that provide invited students the opportunity to present their work to Microsoft researchers.

The PhD school was an exciting showcase of research by Microsoft staff and the students themselves, and provided training in key research skills for the students. Given my joint positions at Microsoft and Edinburgh, I was especially delighted to welcome the first cohort of PhD students in the Joint Initiative, and to see the great progress they are making with their research.

Professor Andy GordonCo-manager of the Programming Principles and Tools Group at Microsoft Research, and Professor of Computer Security in the School of Informatics

The 2012 cohort of students are about to start in September 2013, and applications for 2014 intake are still being received. For more information please see:

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