Artificial Intelligence (AI) is fast becoming core to the technology industry. It is a highly technical area of computer science which aims to create intelligent machines by programming human-like traits such as perception, reasoning, problem solving, learning and planning.
Research in the field of AI is rapidly advancing the world we live in and the systems that underpin our society – from healthcare to transportation.
At the turn of the millennium, the University of Edinburgh was home to one of the first AI departments in the world. Today, the Bayes Centre is at the heart of innovation in AI for the University.
As one of the five founding university partners of The Alan Turing Institute - the UK’s national centre for Data Science and AI - the University of Edinburgh leads two national programmes, one in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and another in Finance and Economics. Much of this work takes place at the Bayes Centre and its key University partner organisations.
The Centre is also home to the first industry-led accelerator programme for start-ups in AI and Blockchain. Supported by Telefónica and Cisco, this partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Wayra UK is designed to help European start-ups grow into world-leading companies.