School of Informatics


All the news from 2019.

Aurora Constantin awarded ETA and HEA Fellowship

Informatics teacher Auroa Constantin has completed her Edinburgh Teaching Award Category 2, accredited through Advance HE’s Higher Education Academy.

Informatics Undergraduates secure Pioneer Funding for their Automated Customer Support Model

Justin Glibert and Jay Yeung are amongst the winners of Pioneer’s technological tournament, securing funding for their AI platform that provides automated customer support

SIGINT win Deloitte’s 2019 Capture the Flag competition

SIGINT Cyber Security Society members Gwion, Wiktor and Ally won the national competition for the second year in a row, beating teams from all over the country.

Former PhD students win Scottish Tech Startup of the Year

Two School of Informatics alumni have gone on to win Startup of the Year at the 2019 Scottish Tech Startup Awards for their company Speech Graphics

Mirella Lapata named one of six new ACL fellows

Professor Mirella Lapata has been selected as one of six 2019 Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for her work in machine and human learning and natural language processing.

Cristina Alexandru becomes senior fellow of the HEA

Research Associate Cristina Alexandru recently completed her Edinburgh Teaching Award Category 3, accredited through Advance HE’s Higher Education Academy. In achieving this Alexandru has also become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Wenfei Fan elected foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wenfei Fan has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

CISA to become Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Institute

Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications is changing its name to Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Institute.

Cutting-edge robot makes short work of gardening

A gardening robot has been developed that can self-navigate and automatically prune roses and trim bushes.

Mirella Lapata will give this year's Karen Spärck Jones lecture

Mirella Lapata will give this year’s Karen Spärck Jones lecture on "Translating from Multiple Modalities to Text and Back" on 23rd October at Imperial College in London.

Robotics hub unveils latest offshore advances

Edinburgh scientists have demonstrated their latest robotics technology developed for the renewable energy sector as part of a multimillion-pound collaboration.

Vaishak Belle takes up his post as the Royal Society University Research Fellow

Vaishak Belle is one of 43 new Royal Society University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2019. He took up the post from the start of October. He will work on Efficient Inference and Learning in Probabilistic Logical Models.

AI can predict social media users’ opinions

Who Twitter users follow and what they like are more accurate predictors of their views than what they write, a study suggests.

Visit School of Informatics on Edinburgh Doors Open Days

The School of Informatics opens its doors to visitors this weekend.

Informatics Researchers to work on Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) Project

Researchers from the School of Informatics are working on a major UK research project, the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL). The project will utilise household energy consumption data from smart meters to fuel a new wave of innovative energy research. This research will help make the UK’s energy more efficient, sustainable and affordable.

Edinburgh students win driverless race car competition again

A team of Edinburgh students has won a driverless race car competition for the second year in a row. The team developed AI software allowing the car to race around Silverstone circuit at the world’s largest student competition – Formula Student.

Nature’s insect navigators inspire robots that find their own way

A team of scientists, led by School of Informatics Barbara Webb, used their knowledge of insect anatomy to build a sophisticated computer model determining how they estimate their direction of travel.

Students gear up for high-speed travel contest

Students gear up for high-speed travel contest
Edinburgh students including representation from Informatics is competing in the finals of one of the world’s most prestigious engineering challenges.

SUMMA delivers a state-of-the-art media monitoring system

Edinburgh Informatics researchers, in collaboration with colleagues from University College London, University of Sheffield, BBC and Deutsche Welle, have developed a system that will help journalist monitor media sources – a task that has become too big to handle for newsrooms with the development of the internet and digital media.

Experiential AI research agenda to bring together scientists and artists

Researchers from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, including Informatics Vaishak Belle, Jane Hillston, Michael Rovatsos and Ewa Luger have proposed a new research agenda in which artists and scientists come together, called Experiential AI.

Informatics researchers to work on a UK-wide Quantum Technologies Research project

Elham Kashefi, Chris Heunen, Myrto Arapinis and Petros Wallden will be working on a multimillion project that was announced on 11th July.

Eurographics Young Researcher of the Year Award for Benjamin Bach

Benjamin Bach won one of the Eurographics Young Researcher of the Year Awards, given each year to two young researchers in the field of visualisation to recognize people early on in their career who have already made a notable contribution and are likely to make more. 

King - man + woman = queen: the hidden algebraic structure of words

Carl Allen and Timothy Hospedales recently received a Best Paper Honourable Mention at the world’s largest conference in Machine Learning for explaining a curious phenomenon found amongst word representations.

NASA Valkyrie interactive experience installed at Bayes Centre

An interactive touchscreen display has been installed in the Bayes Centre foyer, providing further information about the NASA Valkyrie.

Informatics students nominated for UK Open Source Awards

Two Informatics students, Antreas Antoniou (Data Science) and Andrew Brock (Robotics and Autonomous Systems), are shortlisted for UK Open Source Awards in the student category.

How quantum physics will change our views on cyber security

In a review article for Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery Informatics researchers are looking into the impact of quantum computing and quantum technologies on cyber security.

Sold out Informatics events at the Pint of Science 2019

Informatics researchers will be presenting next week at the grassroots science festival Pint of Science in The Tron pub in Edinburgh.

Grant Passmore, Informatics alumnus and AI innovator, goes from strength to strength

Informatics alumnus and a former research associate in LFCS secured $5M seed investment for his financial technology start-up Imandra Inc. to help it move towards new areas of application for their innovative AI technology.

First ever quantum hackathon in Scotland to be held in Informatics

First ever quantum hackathon in Scotland will be held in the School of Informatics in July 2019

11th EIE bigger than ever before

Over 900 delegates took part in this year’s Engage Invest Exploit, Informatics Ventures flagship annual technology investor showcase featuring Scotland´s most promising innovative, data-driven high growth companies, seeking funding.

Google PhD fellowships for Informatics students

Two students from Informatics have been awarded 2019 Google Fellowships. Nicolai Oswald received funding in the area of Systems and Networking and Reinald Kim Amplayo in Natural Language Processing.

Informatics events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2019

School of Informatics staff are involved in numerous events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Distinguished Edinburgh graduate receives ACM A.M. Turing Award

Professor Geoffrey Hinton who graduated from Edinburgh University is one of the three recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, along with Professors Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun. The award is for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing.

Mirella Lapata elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh

Mirella Lapata has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Informatics Alum wins the Distinguished Dissertation

Miltos Allamanis, Informatics graduate from 2017 won this year’s Distinguished Dissertation, a prestigious academic award, run jointly by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in collaboration with the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).

Smart home systems must switch to better security, study finds

The security of smart domestic appliances that can be managed remotely must be improved to better protect users’ privacy, research suggests.

Support for AI boosts postgraduate researchers

Postgraduate programmes in artificial intelligence at the University are being supported as part of a package of funding announced by the UK Government.

Student YouTube star makes DIY robotics look as easy as Pi

A first-year university student has become an online sensation, offering expert advice on DIY robotics and computer programming.

We Need to Talk About AI – a series public discussions kicks off next week

A series of public panel discussions about Artificial Intelligence with speakers from across disciplines including informatics, humanities, and social sciences as well as the industry starts next week with a discussion covering big data and privacy.

AI scientists team up with Japanese experts

University scientists are to collaborate with three major Japanese research institutes on artificial intelligence and robotics.