School of Informatics

Innovative Learning Week 2016

The University’s programme for Innovative Learning Week, 15-19 February 2016, includes a series of exciting events from Informatics.

Innovative Learning Week aims to inspire, support and celebrate creative learning at the University of Edinburgh. The theme for 2016 is Ideas in Play. 

Events organised by Informatics include:


Smart Data Hack

Up for a challenge? Work in a team throughout Innovative Learning Week to create innovative responses to real-world challenges, drawing on your combined skills in digital technology, business analysis, ethnography and design.

This event runs for all five days of Innovative Learning Week, so if you book please expect to be involved for the whole week.

Date: Monday-Friday, 15-19 February 2016

Start 9am. Finish 5pm

Venue: Forrest Hill

Eligibility: Academic staff, all students

Contact: Professor Ewan Klein.

More information on the Smart Data Hack website


School of HeatHack

Want to practice your soldering skills, learn about how to monitor thermal comfort in a building, and help the local community?  In this event, we'll be using temperature and humidity sensors, microcontrollers, radios and Raspberry Pis to build a monitoring network in a day. You can then follow our progress in using it to help community buildings solve their heating problems! Please note: attendees need to have used a soldering iron before.

Date: Monday 15 February 2016

Start 10am. Finish 4pm

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Eligibility: All – but please note: attendees need to have used a soldering iron before.

Contact: Dr Jean Carletta.

Email Jean Carletta

More information on the School of HeatHack website


Learn to Code

Are you curious about coding but never had the opportunity to try it out? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of computer programming in Scratch, a fun and easy to use programming platform.

Date: Monday 15 February 2016

Start 11am. Finish 2pm.

Venue: CodeBase, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DR

Eligibility: All

Contact: Dr Areti Manataki.

Email Areti Manataki


Artificial Intelligence in the Cinema

Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly affects us, often without us knowing it. Cinema has been using AI to explore ideas of what it means to be human since the early movies. This event will show some fun movies that have AI at their core, raising questions and making important points, but in an interesting and entertaining manner. AI beyond Terminator.

This full-day event will consist of 6-8 movies (based partly on student nominations), plus 2 short talks and a short panel discussion responding to questions from the audience.

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Start: 10am. Finish: 11pm

Venue: Informatics Forum, G.07

Eligibility: All staff, all students

Contact: Bob Fisher.

Email Bob Fisher

More information for University staff/students (accessible only inside domain)


Configuring & managing the Informatics computing systems

This is a hands-on workshop session with the ‘LCFG’ tool which is used to configure and manage our Informatics computing systems (as well as others in the University).

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016

Start 10am. Finish 1pm

Venue: to be confirmed

Eligibility: All Informatics students

Contact: Paul Anderson.

Email Paul Anderson


Scottish dancing as computation / process (workshop)

Scottish dances (ceilidh and similar) can be thought of as a biological, chemical or computational process: the position of the Dancers is the state, and the figures change this state.

Date: Wednesday, 17 February, 2016

Start 1pm. Finish 3pm

Venue: to be confirmed

Eligibility: All

Contact: Daniel Franzen.

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Useful links

Innovative Learning Week 2016