Informatics and Computer Science Cluster
Informatics is concerned with the study of
information; how we acquire it, store it, communicate it and use
computers and other machines to deal with it.
This broad ranging subject encompasses the
existing fields of computer science, artificial intelligence and
cognitive science as well as informing and borrowing from a host of
Artificial humans are not yet reality but Artificial
Intelligence can be found across a range of technologies from
satellite navigation systems to medical diagnostic instruments.
Edinburgh has a long history of performing internationally
renowned research in this area from the design of intelligent
computer systems to the development of complex robotics.
A World of Information
Databases have become a ubiquitous feature of the modern
workplace. As the sheer volume of data and information that
is available grows, the need to manage and store it in an efficient
and affordable way becomes paramount.
Edinburgh’s researchers work with national and international
academics, public services and companies to improve how society
manages its data.
In a world of increasing volumes of data a
single desktop computer isn’t always sufficient. In these
cases distributed, parallel and high performance supercomputers are
there to pick up the baton.
Edinburgh is home to the UK’s national HPC
resource, HECToR. This world-class supercomputer is housed in
the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and available to the
academic and industrial communities who need to access its enormous
Speaking of Excellence
Communication is a crucial skill. Speech
synthesis can offer those who have lost their own voice or who
cannot read a computer screen a lifeline.
Speech recognition and signal processing
enables computer systems to do what most humans can do and take in
Experts in Edinburgh have been at the fore of
all of these areas for almost 30 years and continue to make major
contributions to this increasingly prominent field.
School of Informatics
The School of Informatics at The University of
Edinburgh is the UK’s largest grouping of informatics
This world-leading centre of excellence was
recently re-homed in a £42m purpose built Informatics forum.
The school has close ties with a number of
successful indigenous and global informatics firms and works with
them on a range of applications from communications to hardware and