University of Edinburgh School of Informatics
|University of Edinburgh|
|Head of School||Prof. Johanna Moore|
|Location||Edinburgh, Scotland, UK|
It was created in 1998 from the former Department of Artificial Intelligence, the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science, along with the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute and the Human Communication Research Centre. Research in the School of Informatics draws on these component disciplines and much of it is interdisciplinary in nature. The school is especially well known for research in the areas of artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, systems biology, mathematical logic and theoretical computer science; but also contributes to many other areas of informatics. The school was ranked 1st in the UK according to the Guardian University Tables 2008, and 2011, as well as being ranked 1st in the UK in the last two RAE rankings in 2001 and 2008, and in the subsequent 2014 REF (successor to RAE) ranking. The School of Informatics was ranked 12th in the world by the QS World University Rankings 2014.
The School of Informatics was awarded a 5*A in the UK HEFCE's 2001 RAE, the only computer science department in the country to achieve this highest possible rating. In the 2008 RAE, the School's "Quality Profile" was 35/50/15/0/0, which means that of the over 100 FTE staff research outputs evaluated, 35% were found "world-leading (4*)" and 50% "internationally excellent (3*)". These figures can be interpreted in a number of ways, but place the School first by volume and tied for second (following Cambridge with 45/45/10/0/0) by percentage of research rated 3* or 4*. The School is generally considered world-leading, standing with the foremost U.S. institutes, particularly in areas such as artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine translation, and theoretical computer science.
The School has seven research Institutes:
- Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC)
- Theoretical and empirical study of brain processes and artificial learning systems, drawing on neuroscience, cognitive science, computer science, computational science, mathematics and statistics.
- Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA)
- Basic and applied research and development in knowledge representation and reasoning.
- Through its Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) it works with others to deploy the technologies associated with this research.
- Institute for Language, Cognition, and Computation (ILCC)
- Research on all aspects of natural language processing, drawing on machine learning, statistical modeling, and computational, psychological, and linguistic theories of communication among humans and between humans and machines using text, speech and other modalities.
- Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA)
- Architecture and engineering of future computing systems: performance and scalability; innovative algorithms, architectures, compilers, languages and protocols.
- Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour (IPAB)
- Linking computational action, perception, representation, transformation and generation processes to real or virtual worlds: statistical machine learning, computer vision, mobile and humanoid robotics, motor control, graphics and visualization.
- Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS)
- Developing and applying foundational understanding of computation and communication: formal models, mathematical theories, and software tools.
Established and personal Chairs
- Stuart Anderson (Dependable Systems)
- Douglas Armstrong (Systems Neurobiology)
- Malcolm Atkinson (e-Science),
- Chris Bishop (Computer Science),
- Alan Bundy CBE FRS (Automated Reasoning),
- Peter Buneman MBE FRS (Database Systems; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award),
- Vincent Danos (Computational Systems Biology),
- Wenfei Fan (Web Data Management),
- Bob Fisher (Computer Vision),
- Michael Fourman (Computer Systems—Software),
- Dragan Gasevic (Learning Analytics and Informatics),
- Stephen Gilmore (Software Systems Modelling)
- Igor Goryanin (Systems Biology),
- Jane Hillston (Quantitative Modelling),
- Ewan Klein (Cognitive Systems),
- Philipp Koehn (Machine Translation),
- Mirella Lapata (Natural Language Processing),
- Leonid Libkin (Foundations of Data Management; Marie Curie Chair),
- Johanna Moore (Artificial Intelligence),
- Jon Oberlander (Epistemics),
- Michael O'Boyle (Computer Science),
- Helen Pain (Interactive Learning Environments),
- Gordon Plotkin FRS (Computation Theory; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award),
- Steve Renals (Speech Technology),
- David Robertson (Applied Logic),
- Don Sannella (Computer Science),
- Mark Steedman FBA (Cognitive Science),
- Keith Stenning (Human Communications),
- Colin Stirling (Computation Theory),
- Austin Tate (Knowledge-Based Systems),
- Nigel Topham (Computer Systems),
- Henry Thompson (Web Informatics)
- Sethu Vijayakumar (Robotics)
- Phil Wadler (Theoretical Computer Science; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award),
- Barbara Webb (Insect Behaviour and Robotics),
- Bonnie Webber (Intelligent Systems),
- Chris Williams (Machine Learning),
- David Willshaw (Computational Neuroscience)
|This article's factual accuracy is disputed. (March 2009)|
Previous staff and students, including alumni of the departmental forebears of the school:
- Samson Abramsky FRS,
- Andrew Blake FRS,
- Bob Boyer,
- Luca Cardelli FRS,
- Ian Clarke,
- Doug Cutting,
- Paul Dourish,
- Andrew Fitzgibbon,
- Michael Gordon FRS,
- Richard Gregory FRS,
- Martin Grohe (now Professor at RWTH Aachen University),
- Pat Hayes,
- Jane Hillston (Professor of Quantitative Modelling in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh) 
- Mark Jerrum (now professor at the University of London),
- Christopher Longuet-Higgins FRS,
- Geoffrey Hinton FRS,
- Christoph Koch (now professor at Cornell University),
- Robert Kowalski,
- Stephan Kreutzer (now professor at Oxford University),
- Bernard Meltzer,
- Donald Michie,
- Robin Milner FRS (Turing award winner),
- J Strother Moore,
- Timothy O'Shea,
- Barry Richards,
- Nicole Schweikardt (now professor at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main),
- Alistair Sinclair (now professor at University of California, Berkeley),
- Aaron Sloman,
- Leslie Valiant,
- Li Wei
The Edinburgh Cowgate fire of December 2002 destroyed a number of buildings, including 80 South Bridge, which housed around one third of the school and its renowned AI library. Space was quickly made available in the University's Appleton Tower as a replacement.
Until June 2008, the School was dispersed over five sites: three in the George Square Campus: Appleton Tower, Buccleuch Place, Forrest Hill; and two at King's Buildings: James Clerk Maxwell Building, and the Darwin Building.
In June and July 2008, the School's research moved into its new home, The Informatics Forum. This building for interaction designed by Bennetts Associates, Reaich and Hall and Buro Happold, now houses some 500 researchers, including staff and graduate students. Construction began in October 2005, and the Forum's completion in July 2008 finally brought the School's researchers together, under one roof, some ten years after its inception.
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- Guardian University Tables — Computer Science & IT
- Guardian University Tables — Computer Science & IT
- Informatics News: RAE 2008 results:
Informatics and Computer Science
- 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise - UOA 25 : Computer Science
- 2008 Research Assessment Exercise - UOA 23 : Computer science and informatics
- University of Edinburgh Diary, 2006-2007
- Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards
- Marie Curie Actions
- "Brief CV for Jane Hillston". Jane Hillston's Homepage.