School of Informatics



All the news from 2021.

Members of SLMC Group in the semi-finals of $10M ANA AvatarX Prize

Dr Vladimir Ivan (lead roboticist) and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar (scientific advisor) from Statistical Learning and Motor Control Group group, as part of the AvatarX team led by an Edinburgh startup Touchlab, qualified for the semifinals of the Avatar XPrize.

Edinburgh researchers provide data analysis for a cancer study that revealed weak spots in chemotherapy-resistant cells

Diego Oyarzún and doctoral student Denise Thiel are co-authors of a PNAS paper led by Imperial College scientists that explores ‘weak spots' in cancer cells recovering from chemotherapy.

Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student in the finals of Future CFO of the Year competition

Alistair Tait, 1st-year student of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science placed in the final of Future CFO of the Year category of the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards.

COVIBOT project examines doctors' perception of robots helping out during the pandemic

Professor Subramanian Ramamoorthy and his collaborators on the COVIBOT project looked into whether healthcare professionals are likely to accept being supported by robots to overcome hazards and risks related to COVID-19 transmission control.

SPARKLE algorithm in a race to make health trackers, smart locks and baby monitors safer

Vesselin Velichkov and his collaborators are in the final of a race to solve the encryption problem in very small electronic devices such as smart locks, health trackers or baby monitors. Velichkov is a co-designer (with partners at the University of Luxembourg and INRIA, Paris) of the algorithm SPARKLE, shortlisted in the standardisation process for new lightweight cryptographic algorithms organised by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From 56 submissions, 10 have been shortlisted after two years of public evaluation.

First year Computer Science student wins a poster competition with her insight into emotion AI

Purvi Harwani, first year Computer Science student won the first year student poster contest at the annual BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium for her poster "Hey Siri, I don’t feel too good!"

Undergraduate students to present winning app at Google’s Demo Derby Week

Following their win at Hack 4 the People George Karabassis, Eve Bogomil and Adrien Zier will present their “personal face mask consultant” app at the Google Cloud Demo Derby Week.

Informatics researchers use smart meters to revolutionise independent living for people with disabilities and older people

Ground-breaking trial led by Dr. Lynda Webb uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to monitor energy usage patterns.

Success for Informatics students at the EUSA Student Awards

The Sense of Belonging Award was presented to undergraduate student Michael Andrejczuk and the University's Women in STEM society, whose president is Informatics student Sarah Lappin.

Royal Society honours Informatics academics

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has made School of Informatics Professors Aggelos Kiayias and Chris Williams fellows of the prestigious organisation.

Hands Off! Barbara Webb and colleagues report that human hands are not required to do clever things

Professor of Biorobotics Barbara Webb collaborates with University of St Andrews colleagues to find out how animals perform skillful tasks.

Elham Kashefi named Margaret Intrapreneur Europe in prestigious awards

Professor in Quantum Computing Elham Kashefi has won a les Margaret Award, an honour that recognises women who are changing the world and is supported by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Chancellor's Fellowships awarded to Informatics researchers Michele Ciampi and Andrea Weisse

Drs. Michele Ciampi and Andrea Weisse have been awarded Chancellor's Fellowships to support their innovative research.

Sethu Vijayakumar leads Horizon 2020 project using assistive robotics in healthcare

Professor of Robotics Sethu Vijayakumar takes the lead on new Horizon 2020 project Harmony, which will use autonomous robots to enhance the human-centred environments found in healthcare.

Sharon Goldwater and colleagues take a computational approach to understanding how infants learn language

Sharon Goldwater and colleagues use computationally-based modelling to gain deeper understanding of early language acquisition.

ACRC research programme led by Jacques Fleuriot uses AI to enhance health and care

Postgraduate programmes hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) and School of Informatics take an interdisciplinary approach to improving later life healthcare.

Undergraduate student kickstarts career in Aerospace with Brooke Owens Fellowship

Fourth-year Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence student Sarah Lappin has been named a Brooke Owens Fellow for 2021, earning a coveted internship in the US Aerospace industry.

Sethu Vijayakumar on how robots could tackle healthcare challenges and save lives

In an article written for The Scotsman Professor of Robotics Sethu Vijayakumar discusses how the latest advances in robotics have the potential to solve some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today.

Digital hub supported by Maria Wolters offers vital service to homeless community

An online service to improve support for people who are currently experiencing or are at risk of homelessness has been developed by researchers and community partners.

Prewired co-founded by Informatics' Ewan Klein secures funding to take Coding Club online

Prewired have obtained funding from Creative Informatics to take one of Scotland’s longest running coding clubs for young people online.

Andy Gordon and Gordon Plotkin Appointed Fellows of ACM

Andy Gordon and Gordon Plotkin have been awarded Fellowship of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the leading educational and scientific computing society in the world.

IoT Education Kit compiled by Paul Patras now available via Arm University Program

Paul Patras has designed and compiled an education kit introducing students to key concepts in the area of Internet of Things (IoT), which is available through the Arm University Program.

Undergraduate Student becomes the First Rwandan to be Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Billy Byiringiro has been selected as this year's Rhodes scholar for the East Africa region, the first Rwandan to win the prestigious award.

Fiona McNeill Awarded Principal’s Medal for Helping Students Adapt to Hybrid Teaching

Reader in Computer Science Education Fiona McNeill named one of the recipients of the Principal’s Medal for her course helping first-year students connect with each other and adapt to hybrid teaching.