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Encyclopedia > University of Edinburgh School of Informatics

The School of Informatics is an academic unit of the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, responsible for research, teaching, outreach and commercialisation in Informatics.

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 and theoretical computer science but also contributes to many other areas of informatics. The school has a research staff of over 130 individuals, and an academic staff of 75. Current enrollment includes around 250 research students, and 475 taught masters and undergraduate students. The school was ranked 1st in the UK according to the Guardian University Tables 2008[1]. Informatics includes the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. ... The University of Edinburgh (Scottish Gaelic: ), founded in 1582,[4] is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotland() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen... Informatics includes the science of information, the practice of information processing, and the engineering of information systems. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Aiai is a character created by Amusement Vision. ... Garry Kasparov playing against Deep Blue, the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion. ... Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary field dealing with the statistical and logical modeling of natural language from a computational perspective. ... Systems biology is a term used very widely in the biosciences, particularly from the year 2000 onwards, and in a variety of contexts. ... Computer science (informally, CS or compsci) is, in its most general sense, the study of computation and information processing, both in hardware and in software. ...

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Research

The School of Informatics was awarded a 5*A in the UK government's HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise, the only computer science department in the country to achieve this highest possible rating. The School is generally considered world-leading, standing with the foremost U.S. institutes. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) acts on behalf of the UK Government to distribute funding to Universities and Colleges of Higher and Further Education in England. ...


The School has six research Institutes:

Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation
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
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 Communicating and Collaborative Systems
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
Architecture and engineering of future computing systems: performance and scalability; innovative algorithms, architectures, compilers, languages and protocols.
Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour
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
Developing and applying foundational understanding of computation and communication: formal models, mathematical theories, and software tools.

A new Informatics Life Sciences Institute will be formed in 2007. Aiai is a character created by Amusement Vision. ... The Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS) is based in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. ...


People

Professors

Established and personal Chairs[2]


Malcolm Atkinson (e-Science), Chris Bishop (Computer Science), Alan Bundy (Automated Reasoning), Peter Buneman (Database Systems; Royal Society Wolfson Wolfson Research Merit Award[3]), Wenfei Fan (Web Data Management), Bob Fisher (Computer Vision), Michael Fourman (Computer Systems—Software), Igor Goryanin (Systems Biology), Jane Hillston (Quantitative Modelling), Ewan Klein (Cognitive Systems), Leonid Libkin (Foundations of Data Management; Marie Curie Chair[4]), Johanna Moore (Artificial Intelligence), Jon Oberlander (Epistemics), Michael O'Boyle (Computer Science), Gordon Plotkin FRS (Computation Theory; Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award[3]), Steve Renals (Speech Technology), 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), Phil Wadler (Theoretical Computer Science; Royal Society Wolfson Wolfson Research Merit Award[3]), Bonnie Webber (Intelligent Systems), Chris Williams (Machine Learning), David Willshaw (Computational Neuroscience) Professor Christopher M. Bishop, FREng, FBCS, is Assistant Director at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, and holds a Chair of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Alan Bundy is a professor at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, known for his contributions to automated reasoning, especially to proof-planning (the use of meta-level reasoning to guide proof search [1]). He is the leader of the DReaM group (Mathematical Reasoning Group), the world... Computer vision is the science and technology of machines that see. ... Michael Paul Fourman, FBCS (born 1950-09-12) is Professor of Computer Systems, and Head of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK. Fourman is interested in applications of logic in computer science, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science — more specifically, formal models of digital systems... Systems biology is a term used very widely in the biosciences, particularly from the year 2000 onwards, and in a variety of contexts. ... Johanna Doris Moore is a Computational Linguist and Cognitive Scientist. ... Jon Oberlander is Professor of Epistemics at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Gordon D. Plotkin FRS (born 9 September 1946) is a computer scientist. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Don Sannella Don Sannella is Professor of Computer Science in the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Computer science, or computing science, is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... Mark Steedman is Professor of Cognitive Science in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. ... FBA can mean: Fellow of the British Academy Flag Burning Amendment, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution Florida Bar Association Flux Balance Analysis, in Chemical Engineering/Systems Biology Freshwater Biological Association In Computer Science, Faceless Background Application, Fix Block Architecture or Fixed Blocked ANSI-defined printer control characters... Austin Tate, 2001 Professor Austin Tate is Director of AIAI (Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute) in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. ... Philip Wadler is a computer scientist well-known for his contributions to programming language design and type theory. ... A request has been made on Wikipedia for this article to be deleted. ...


Notable alumni

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, Andrew Fitzgibbon, Michael Gordon FRS, Richard Gregory FRS, Pat Hayes, Mark Jerrum, Christopher Longuet-Higgins FRS, Geoffrey Hinton FRS, Robert Kowalski, Bernard Meltzer, Donald Michie, Robin Milner FRS, J Strother Moore, Timothy O'Shea, Barry Richards, Alistair Sinclair, Aaron Sloman, Leslie Valiant, Lǐ Wèi Samson Abramsky (born 12 March 1953) is a computer scientist. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Andrew Blake, FREng, FRS, is a Senior Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge, and a leading researcher in computer vision. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Robert Stephen Boyer, also known as Bob Boyer, is a professor of computer science, mathematics, and philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. ... An Italian computer scientist, currently working for Microsoft Research in Cambridge. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Ian Clarke, around 2002 Ian Clarke (born February 16, 1977) is the original designer and lead developer of Freenet. ... Andrew Fitzgibbon was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Michael J.C. Gordon, British computer scientist (born 28 February 1948). ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Richard Langton Gregory (born 1923-07-24) is a British psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Patrick John Hayes or Pat Hayes (21 August 1944) is a British computer scientist who lives and works in the United States. ... Cognitive scientist with a flair for chemistry Christopher Longuet-Higgins, who has died aged 80, was not only a brilliant scientist in two distinct areas - theoretical chemistry and cognitive science - but also a gifted amateur musician, keen to advance the scientific understanding of the art. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Geoffrey Hinton is a British computer scientist most noted for his work on the mathematics and applications of neural networks, and their relationship to information theory. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... Robert Anthony Kowalski (Bob Kowalski, born May 15, 1941 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA) is an American logician and computer scientist, who has spent much of his career in the UK. He was educated at the University of Chicago, University of Bridgeport (BA in mathematics, 1963), Stanford University (MSc in mathematics... Donald Michie was born on 11 November 1923, and was educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford. ... Robin Milner is a prominent British computer scientist. ... FRS is an abbreviation which can stand for various phrases: Family Radio Service, a personal radio service utilizing the UHF band Fellow of the Royal Society, a title awarded to distinguished scientists who are British, Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizens Fisheries Research Services, an agency of the Scottish Executive... J Strother Moore is a computer scientist, and is co-developer of the Boyer-Moore string search algorithm and the Boyer-Moore automated theorem prover, NQTHM. A good example of the workings of the Boyer-Moore string search algorithm is given in his website along with the Knuth-Morris-Pratt... Professor Timothy OShea is the current Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom. ... Barry Richards (born July 21 1945) was one of South Africas finest ever cricketers and arguably the greatest opening batsman produced by his country. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Leslie Valiant was educated at Kings College, Cambridge, Imperial College London; and at Warwick University where he received his Ph. ... Lǐ Wèi (李未) (born June 8, 1943) is president of Beihang University. ...


Accommodation

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. The Edinburgh Cowgate fire was a fire in a nightclub in Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2002. ... December 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → // Events December 31, 2002 United States troops get into a brief gun battle with paramilitary forces of the Warzirstan Scouts of Pakistan, in a remote tribal area along the undefined Afghan/Pakistani border, in Paktia Province...


The School is currently 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. Appleton Tower under renovation, 2006; seen looming over the rather more sensitive courtyard of the David Hume Tower Appleton Tower is a tower block in Edinburgh, Scotland, owned by the University of Edinburgh. ... The Kings Buildings are the southernmost campus of the University of Edinburgh, and contains most of the Science and Engineering schools, excepting only part of the School of Informatics, which is at the central George Square campus. ...


A new home for the School's research, The Informatics Forum, is being built in the George Square campus, on the former Crichton Street car park, adjacent to the Appleton Tower. The Forum, a building for interaction designed by Bennetts Associates, will house some 500 researchers - staff and students. Construction began in October 2005. Occupation of the new building is scheduled for late 2007, finally bringing the School's researchers together, under one roof, some ten years after its inception. The Informatics Forum is a major new building on the Central Area campus of the University of Edinburgh. ... Bennetts Associates are a British architecture firm, originally founded in 1987 by Rab Bennetts, who had previously worked Arup, and his wife, Denise. ...


The Appleton Tower, which will house all the School's teaching and commercialisation activities, is also undergoing extensive refurbishment. Appleton Tower under renovation, 2006; seen looming over the rather more sensitive courtyard of the David Hume Tower Appleton Tower is a tower block in Edinburgh, Scotland, owned by the University of Edinburgh. ...


References

  1. ^ Guardian University Tables 2008 - Computer Science & IT
  2. ^ University of Edinburgh Diary, 2006-2007
  3. ^ a b c Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Awards
  4. ^ Marie Curie Actions

External link

Coordinates: 55°56′40″N, 3°11′14″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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