School of Informatics

School of Informatics searching for a new Chair in Design Informatics

Informatics is looking for a world-leading researcher in design informatics to develop its research portfolio and enhance its reputation in this area. The holder of the Chair will serve as co-director of the Centre of Design Informatics, a joint venture between the School of Informatics and the Edinburgh College of Art.

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Successful candidate’s impact and profile

The successful candidate will have a vision for how to develop design informatics both as a field and within the Edinburgh ecosystem, which includes initiatives such as the Bayes Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the Edinburgh City Region Deal, which focuses on data-driven innovation. As well as providing research leadership in and beyond the Centre for Design Informatics, the Chair will contribute to postgraduate teaching, undergraduate courses, curriculum development and the supervision of PhD students. They are also expected to play a significant outreach role, through public engagement and industry contacts.

The Chair will be based in the School of Informatics, but will work with designers, data scientists, technologists and researchers across the University, and with external public and private sector partners.

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The Chair's research profile will combine expertise in one of the subfields of informatics with a track record of teaching, research, and leadership in design. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

• Health care informatics

• Human-computer interaction and human-data interaction

• Visualization and computer graphics

• Privacy and security, internet of things

• Human-centric AI and social informatics

• Language, speech, vision, multimodal computing, and robotics

Design Informatics: the field


Design informatics develops concepts, systems, and devices that allow humans to interact better with technology and data, and with each other. It combines design thinking with computational and data-driven methodologies in areas such as internet of things, security and privacy, robotics, speech and language, visualisation and graphics, computational social science, and cognitive science. Design informatics is at the core of innovation in the 21st century, creating technology that makes our lives safer, cleaner, healthier, fairer, and more productive.

Centre for Design Informatics in Edinburgh

The Centre for Design Informatics is a collaboration between the School of Informatics and the Edinburgh College of Art. It brings together faculty from both Schools and is located in the newly built Bayes Centre and in InSpace, which hosts lab space and public engagement facilities. Over the last five years, Design Informatics in Edinburgh has established a distinctive profile, attracted considerable funding from research councils, government, and industry, and built a substantial cohort of master's and PhD students.

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