School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

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The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is a world-leading centre of research and teaching in computation, information and cognition. We currently host a cohort of over 1,600 students from over 75 countries worldwide, in a number of single and joint degree undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes including in three EPSRC-funded centres for doctoral training in robotics and autonomous systems, pervasive parallelism and data science. The full cohort of postgraduate research (PGR) students is around 330, which is one of the largest PGR cohorts in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is ranked #14 in the 2018 Times Higher Education World Computer Science subject ranking.

Based on ‘research power’ the School of Informatics is the UK leader in Informatics research with an international reputation and unparalleled multi-disciplinary breadth. We produced more world-leading and internationally excellent research (4* and 3*) than any other university in the UK in the REF 2014 assessment for computer science and informatics. We employ over 115 academics and 130 research staff grouped in six overlapping institutes. Based on REF2014 data, the School of Informatics is the largest grouping of AI researchers in the UK.

Research within the School is carried out across six institutes; each of these manages a portfolio of funding and specialist facilities while creating and nurturing a community of research staff and students. Academic staff are appointed to the School and choose to belong to one or more institutes. Researchers in Informatics are well placed to contribute to the development of innovative applications through the fundamental strengths in foundations, programming languages, databases, system architecture, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.

The School has well-established links with other Bayes Centre stakeholders. We are a joint venture partner in The Alan Turing Institute and host the leading UK research supercomputer, ARCHER, and its associated Research Data Facility. Through the Robotarium, we provide a robotics research and education facility, unparalleled in the UK, and partner with Heriot-Watt University in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics. We are also a partner in the EPSRC-funded research hubs in nuclear decommissioning, in space robotics and in oil and gas. As the centrepiece of NASA's Space Robotics Challenge, the Valkyrie platform allows the robotics group to closely collaborate with leading research groups in the field from Florida's IHMC, MIT and Northeastern University. The School is an ARM Centre of Excellence and one of 14 UK Centres of Excellence for Cyber Security Research.

At the School of Informatics, we are renowned for leading the way for industrial engagement. The two main industry-funded labs within the School are the Edinburgh Huawei Research Lab, a joint research laboratory dedicated to open research, and the Blockchain Technology Laboratory, in collaboration with IOHK, a leading blockchain research and development company. The School of Informatics is also well recognised as a hotbed for spin-out and start-up activity and has launched multiple national and international initiatives.

As a major stakeholder in the Bayes Centre and its closest neighbour, the School contributes to development and delivery of the Bayes Centre industry engagement, commercialisation and business development programme, building on our track record of success in these areas, including through the Informatics Ventures programmes.


Dr Maria Wolters, Reader in Design Informatics, Alan Turing Institute Fellow, Academic Associate, Psychology and Linguistics. 
In her work, Maria uses data to help people with long-term conditions live rich and meaningful lives. She is Programme Director for the MSc / Advanced MSc in Design Informatics. WhatsApp, Signal, Line, and KakaoTalk contact details on request. 
WeChat: mariawolters 

Professor Aggelos Kiayias, Chair Cyber Security and Privacy and Director of the Blockchain Technology Laboratory.
In addition to his role within the University, Aggelos is also the Chief Scientist at blockchain technology company IOHK. His research interests are in computer security, information security, applied cryptography. 

Dr Paul Patras, Lecturer in Informatics and Chancellor’s Fellow. 
Paul’s research interests include deep learning for analytics, security, and performance optimisation in mobile networks. Paul leads the School's Internet of Things (IoT) research programme.

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