School of Informatics

Combined MSc & PhD programmes (CDTs)

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) courses are available in Data Science, Pervasive Parallelism, and Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

The School of Informatics hosts two EPSRC CDTs, one in Data Science and one in Pervasive Parallelism, and is also a partner in the Centre in Robotics and Autonomous Systems in collaboration with Heriot Watt University.

The three programmes are now recruiting for September entry.

Data Science

Edinburgh hosts the EPSRC CDT in Data Science, led by Dr Charles Sutton and Dr Amos Storkey in the School of Informatics.

Data Science focuses on the computational principles, methods, and systems for extracting knowledge from data.

Large data sets are now generated by almost every activity in science, society, and commerce, ranging from molecular biology to social media, from sustainable energy to health care.

Data science seeks to efficiently find patterns in these vast streams of information.

Pervasive Parallelism

The EPSRC CDT in Pervasive Parallelism is led by Professor Mike O'Boyle in the School of Informatics.

It seeks to address the end of the one-step-at-time era of sequential computing.

Students focus on systems containing multiple processors.

Their research reconsiders how to design programming languages and architectures, for example to allow flexible trading of energy for performance.

Researchers also consider the necessary theories and methodologies to reason about the behaviour of this new hardware and software.

Industrial interaction ensures that students engage with real world case-studies.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The EPSRC CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at Edinburgh is led by Professor Sethu Vijayakumar of Informatics, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University.

The Centre addresses key challenges for managing interactions between robots and their environments, between multiple autonomous systems, and between robots and people.

As with the other CDTs, the centre uses industrial engagement to ground research and training on real world challenges, enabling an innovation pipeline from research to global markets.

The centre is supported by Edinburgh’s world class infrastructure in robotics.


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