School of Informatics

2020

All the news from 2020.

Bonnie Webber awarded 2020 ACL Lifetime Achievement Award

Bonnie Webber was awarded 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Our BSc in AI hits Forbes top 10 ranking for 2021 AI courses

School of Informatics BSc in Artificial Intelligence programme was named among the 10 best AI and data science undergraduate courses for 2021 by Forbes.

PhD candidate reveals Edinburgh cycling boom through animated map video

Using data from Just Eat bikes Benedek Rozemberczki has created a video showing the routes taken by users across the city, revealing a dramatic increase in usage after lockdown was introduced.

Two Informatics projects gain DDI funding to aid local Covid-19 recovery

Two projects led by Rik Sarkar and DK Arvind have received funding from the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme to support local responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

George Karabassis creates Covid-tracking website that centres user experience

Second year student George Karabassis has created Covid19livespread, a website that presents detailed Covid-19 data and statistics from around the world in one clear, user-friendly place.

William Waites involved in test, trace and isolate study to save lives and economy

Population-wide testing, contact tracing and isolation in the UK could save more than 50,000 lives and around £700bn over the next two years, research suggests.

Privacy is key to success of contact tracing, says Aggelos Kiayias

Professor Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy, has written about the importance of prioritising privacy in contact tracing for the University's Covid-19 'Expert insights' site.

Undergraduate students create website comparing Covid-19's impact in Scotland

Third-year Computer Science students Mark Swan and Calum McMeekin have developed CovidMaps, an interactive website that facilitates comparison of the impact of Covid-19 between local authorities in Scotland.

Barbara Webb and developing beetle-brained robots

IPAB Institute Director Barbara Webb to develop computational models for robots based on the navigation system of a dung beetle for her latest project, Ultimate compass.

Kwabena Nuamah leads software start-up tracking Covid-19 symptoms in Ghana

Research Associate Kwabena Nuamah has adapted his previous work for Ghana-based start-up Cognate Systems in order to track Covid-19 symptoms in the country using accessible mobile technology.

Mohsen Kadhem to develop a CPS for Lung Disease diagnosis and treatment

Robotics lecturer Mohsen Kadhem has been awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship funding to work on a Cyber-Physical System (CPS) for the Unified Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Diseases.

The Appleton Tower face shield factory

​​​​​​​Informatics technicians have been 3D printing over 100 face shields a day since the end of March in an attempt to help the NHS and Care Homes with an increasing shortage of personal protective equipment.

Three Informatics Nominations Make the Shortlist in the 2020 Teaching Awards

This year's Teaching Awards saw over thirty academics and courses from Informatics nominated across all categories, with three making the shortlist: Pavlos Andreadis, Iain Murray and Philip Wadler's course 'Types and Semantics for Programming Languages'.

E-voting protocol developed by Myrto Arapinis' team used in election experiment

Reader in Computer Security Myrto Arapinis led a team to develop a self-tallying e-voting protocol, named E-cclesia, which is being implemented on the TEZOS blockchain in an international cross-university election experiment run by the Electis foundation.

SDP Course Trade Fair replaced by Online Showcase

Not even a global pandemic can stop the final of the System Design Project. This year the Trade Fair where third-year students usually exhibit their group projects has been swapped for an online showcase.

On-campus offer holder days cancelled

The University of Edinburgh is open, and the health and safety of staff, students and visitors remain its priority. Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, the difficult decision to cancel on-campus offer holder events have been taken.

SigInt Cyber Security Society's CTF Tournament a Resounding Success

Students from Edinburgh University Cyber Security Society (SigInt) hosted their first Capture the Flag competition which was a resounding success, bringing together over 60 undergraduate participants in 20 teams representing 8 Scottish universities.

RSE Honours Chair in Design Informatics in 2020 Fellowship List

Professor Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics based at the Bayes Centre, has been named a Fellow by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in their latest election.

Ex-Informatics Professor Wins CONCUR Test-of-Time Award

Colin Stirling, recently-retired professor at the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, is a co-author of one of the winners of the Test-of-Time Award at this year's International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR).