News archive

All the news from previous years.

[15/12/2023] A study led by the School of Informatics revealed that the surface of our tongues are unique to each of us.

[13/12/2023] Jane Hillston, professor of Quantitative Modelling and former Head of the School of Informatics will begin her new role as the College’s Dean of Research Culture and REF from the beginning of 2024.

[12/12/2023] Alexandre Colle from the School of Informatics is amongst the 8 Edinburgh awardees receiving a Scottish Edge award for his innovative initiative that supports people against loneliness and anxiety.

[09/11/2023] A bold new multi-million-pound initiative that will push the forefront of generative AI to benefit society and stimulate economic growth has been launched at the University of Edinburgh. The Generative AI Laboratory (GAIL) will unite the University’s world-leading research and innovation in AI to develop safe solutions and systems for industry and government and bring substantial benefits to those who use them. The School of Informatics will lead the initiative.

[07/11/2023] Professor Jane Hillston MBE, the former Head of School of Informatics, has won the British Computer Society’s Lovelace Medal – one of the top computing awards in the UK. She becomes the first person to receive the three top awards from the Society, also known as The Chartered Institute for IT – the Needham Award, the Distinguished Dissertation Award and now the Lovelace Research Medal.

[02/11/2023] This week UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced an investment in 12 new CDTs in AI, 3 of which will be led, or co-led by the School of Informatics.

[27/10/2023] Professor Kia Nazarpour, Chair in Digital Health at the School of Informatics will lead a new partnership with Tunstall Healthcare, industrial pioneers in tele-care. The University of Edinburgh and Tunstall Healthcare Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding at an event in Edinburgh City Chambers earlier this month.

[25/10/2023] In October 2023 the School of Informatics had the pleasure of welcoming our alumni back in Edinburgh. A weekend of celebrations included a dose of nostalgia and enthused us all to look into the very exciting future.

[24/10/2023] Wenfei Fan, Professor of Web Data Management at the School of Informatics is among the 2023 cohort of leading figures in the field of engineering and technology elected to the Royal Society of Engineering (RAEng) Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession, it was announced at the RAEng annual general meeting on 19 September 2023.

[11/10/2023] Scalpels with built-in sensors could streamline training for surgeons and pave the way for procedures performed by robotic devices, a study carried out by the Informatics researcher suggests.

Researchers who studied data captured by the scalpel during trials found its sensors could accurately track how much force users were applying during surgical procedures, and how they were controlling the device over time.

[10/10/2023] Ada Lovelace Day is an annual event held on the second Tuesday of October to celebrate and raise awareness of the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.

[25/09/2023] Ohad Kammar, Sam Lindley and Nicolas Oury were awarded the Most Influential ICFP Paper Award, which is presented annually to the authors of a paper presented at the International Conference on Functional Programming held 10 years prior to the award year. Informatics researchers and a former Informatics PDRA Nicolas Oury, received the recognition for their 2013 paper ‘Handlers in action’.

[21/09/2023] Lecturer at the School of Informatics and Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching, David Sterratt has completed his Edinburgh Teaching Award (EdTA) Category 2, accredited through Advance HE’s Higher Education Academy.

[24/08/2023] Dr Elizabeth Polgreen a Lecturer in Programming Languages for Trustworthy Systems at the School of Informatics is among ten awardees of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships programme it was announced on 24th August.

[31/07/2023] The Bayes Centre, the University of Edinburgh’s Innovation Hub for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is delighted to announce that Professor Ruth King, an international leader within the field of statistics, will take up the position of Director in August 2023.

[25/07/2023] Professor Ram Ramamoorthy was included in the Asian Tech Pioneers 2023 created every year by equality charity Diversity UK.

[17/07/2023] Tickets are now on sale for Imagining Futures: AI on Film Festival, taking place 6-10 September 2023 in Adam House on 3 Chambers St, Edinburgh.

The festival will showcase classic and contemporary films about AI and invite AI experts to lead the debate on whether they hit or miss the mark of AI fact. Panel discussions about the human tools we use to machinate AI like games, narrative and ethics will encourage the audience to reconsider what they know about AI. 

[19/06/2023] Professor Jane Hillston, Head of School of Informatics, was awarded a MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List for services to computer science and to women in science.

[16/06/2023] Informatics researchers lead a breakthrough study that suggests that three drugs could help stave off the effects of ageing. The drugs have been discovered using artificial intelligence (AI).

[24/05/2023] Antonis Katsarakis, a former Informatics student, has received the EuroSys Roger Needham PhD Award - Honorable Mention. This is the first time that an Informatics student received this highly prestigious award.

[19/05/2023] Robert van Glabbeek, Royal Society Wolfson Fellow and Personal Chair in Computer Science at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea in recognition of his scientific standing.

[10/05/2023] Professor Philip Wadler FRS Professor of Theoretical Computer Science at the School of Informatics, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He joins existing fellows from the School of Informatics: Jane Hillston, Alan Bundy, Peter Buneman, Wenfei Fan and Gordon Plotkin as well as notable past fellows: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage, Dorothy Hodgkin and Stephen Hawking.

[05/05/2023] Jonathan MacBride and Mitchell Hunter from the School of Informatics are among the University staff recognised for going above and beyond to make the University more sustainable, or to inspire others to make change.

[04/05/2023] Professor Helen Hastie has been appointed as the new Head of School of Informatics. She will take over from Professor Jane Hillston in August.

[03/05/2023] Dr Tanya Shreedhar, a postdoctoral researcher in Mahesh Marina’s Networked Systems Group, was among the 2023 finalists for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards.

[28/04/2023] Qiuye (Chloe) Zhang, a second year Artificial Intelligence and Computer science student won the second-year poster competition at this year’s Lovelace Colloquium that took place in Sheffield.

[27/04/2023] A group of outstanding early career researchers have been awarded one of the University of Edinburgh’s most prestigious fellowships. Amongst those new Chancellors Fellows are Craig Innes and Jeff Dalton who will be joining the School of Informatics this summer.

[25/04/2023] A consortium of researchers in Scotland has developed new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that will modernise the way shipping vessels are weighed and checked for stability, a process still based on principles formulated by Greek scientist Archimedes more than 2,000 years ago.

[21/04/2023] Gordon Plotkin, a Professor in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh is among 270 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2023. The Academy is both an honorary society that recognizes and celebrates the excellence of its members and an independent research centre convening leaders from across disciplines, professions, and perspectives to address significant challenges.

[20/04/2023] Yesterday in Edinburgh, the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh signed a memorandum of understanding on developing a quantum software and applications centre that aims to overcome key challenges to accelerate the development of quantum computing and investigate new ways in which quantum computers can provide benefits, beyond the reach of traditional computers.

[31/03/2023] Computers and AI permeate our lives: recent artificial intelligence developments particularly hit the news with some experts sounding alarm bells. Can synthetic media help or hinder the future of news? Are sentient robots friends or monsters? Can robots care? How did AI end up here – and where is it going? As we celebrate 60 years of computer science and AI research in Edinburgh, join the Edinburgh Science events that explore the history and discuss the future of intelligent machines.

[23/03/2023] The School of Informatics is ranked 15th in the world in the QS ranking for Data Science, a new subject addition to QS annual subject rankings. The School has also improved its standing in Computer Science and Information Systems moving up by 3 ranks to 20th in the world.

[22/03/2023] Professors Alex Lascarides and Ross Anderson and Dr Fiona McNeill from the School of Informatics are joining the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, it has been announced on 21st March 2023.

[21/03/2023] The technology that was developed as part of Dr Mohamed Kassem’s PhD at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, supervised by Professor Mahesh Marina, will be used to bring high speed broadband to hard-to-reach areas. 

[10/03/2023] The University has established a new software centre of excellence with technology giant Cisco.

[24/02/2023] Staff at the University of Edinburgh are entitled to one day of paid leave to volunteer and Professor Douglas Armstrong from the School of Informatics has been using his to volunteer at a Scouts camp. You might think that a mixture of survival camp and teenage party is not your cup of tea but there’s many ways in which you can get involved.

[17/02/2023] Phone makers like Xiamoi, OnePlus, and Oppo Realme, some of the most popular in China, are all collecting large amounts of sensitive user data via their respective operating systems, as are a variety of apps that come pre-installed on the phones. Paul Patras and his student Haoyu Liu, with their collaborator Doug Leith of Trinity College Dublin, have been researching privacy of the Android OS firmware, examining those versions available on the Chinese market. 

[26/01/2023] During 2023, the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh celebrates 60 years of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Computer Science research, highlighting the heritage of this extraordinary place as one of the leading centres for advanced technology research. A programme of events in 2023 will mark achievements over the past six decades, and look to the future of AI and computer science at Edinburgh.

[19/01/2023] Vidminas Vizgirda, Fiona McNeill and Brian Mitchell (course organisers for INF1B, Object-Oriented Programming) set out to give their course a modern revamp. They will improve the materials’ presentation and accessibility and enable access for the wider public by hosting them on a public-access website, available under a CC-BY-SA open license. 

[09/01/2023] Scientists are developing artificial intelligence and talking robots to help to detect urinary tract infections in vulnerable people early.

[06/01/2023] Smart AI tools could protect social media users’ privacy by tricking algorithms designed to predict their personal opinions, a study by the School of Informatics researchers suggests.

[21/12/2022] One More Try, a team from the School of Informatics were placed 9th out of 140, winning a bronze medal, at the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest 2022 (NWERC), an official regional contest in the International Collegiate Programming Contest. This is their second bronze medal in this competition.

[30/11/2022] Edinburgh scientists are set to lead a major new research programme to expand the University’s world-leading expertise in quantum computing.

[21/11/2022] Input Output Global (IOG), the creators of Cardano, the world-leading sustainable blockchain platform are partnering with the School of Informatics on a number of projects. They are funding a new ZK-Lab, supporting the launch of the blockchain industry’s first ‘decentralization index’ and last but not least, investing $4.5M to create a blockchain research hub in Edinburgh

[13/10/2022] Bhargavi Ganesh, an Informatics PhD student, working on a project looking at a Responsibility Framework for Governing Trustworthy Autonomous Systems, won a best paper award at the We Robot 2022 conference. The paper co-authored by Professor Stuart Anderson from the School of Informatics and Professor Shannon Vallor from Edinburgh Futures Institute looks at lessons learned from US government responses to steamboat accidents and how they can be used nowadays in AI governance.

[04/10/2022] Andres Goens, who is currently a researcher in the Consistency, Availability and Persistency via Synthesis research group within Institute for Computing Systems Architecture has been awarded “Cloud & Heat Dissertationspreis” for outstanding doctoral dissertation work at TU Dresden.

[30/09/2022] Lilli Freischem, the final year MInf student, was named runner-up in the Young Software Engineer of the Year competition for producing a new software tool that can identify essential genes – ones that are critical to the survival of an organism – in a wide range of life forms.

[29/09/2022] Pioneering technology developed by Dr Chris Xiaoxuan Lu from the School of Informatics could help firefighters more quickly map their surroundings, navigate hazardous environments and get people to safety.

[28/09/2022] The University of Edinburgh students launched the first Hyperloop test track in the UK at the King’s Buildings campus. The Edinburgh team – HYPED – is the University’s student society dedicated to advancing Hyperloop, and the leading university team working on the technology in the UK. Student from numerous schools, including Informatics, are members of HYPED.

[08/09/2022] From websites collecting our personal data in cookies, to IoT devices that collect, store, and process many different types of user data, we make decisions about our privacy every day. And they are important decisions – if we make wrong choices we risk our data being leaked and exploited. In their recent paper, Nadin Kökciyan and Pinar Yolum from the University of Utrecht propose a new way to deal with everyday privacy questions: personal assistants who can help users with configuring their privacy settings.

[07/09/2022] Aggelos Kiayias contributed to Roslin Institute-led project with collaborators in Uganda to create a digital, open-source system that targets the haulage sector as a key source of Covid-19 infection spread.

[22/07/2022] Experts at the Institute for Computer Systems Architecture, in the School of Informatics, in collaboration with their colleagues world-wide, have developed vHive, an open ecosystem for benchmarking and experimentation across the next-generation cloud infrastructure. The initiative aims to join the efforts of the broad industrial and academic community (experts and researchers from more than twenty leading universities and five global software and hardware vendors) to enable joint innovation, equip academic and competing industrial researchers with cutting-edge technologies and set a concrete benchmarking standard in the cloud industry.

[20/06/2022] Kobi Gal, reader in Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Intelligence at the School of Informatics, has been elected a 2022 EurAI Fellow by the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) for his contributions promoting AI research in Europe.

[13/06/2022] Informatics PhD student Jonathan Feldstein, founder of, won the Growth Innovation Award at the Inspire Launch Grow Awards which celebrate the ambition, resilience and accomplishments of the University of Edinburgh entrepreneurs. The Growth Innovation Award aim to recognise organisations with high-growth potential.

[24/05/2022] Gordon Plotkin and Matija Pretnar (a former PhD in the Laboratory for the Foundations of Computer Science at the School of Informatics) were recognised for their ground-breaking 2009 paper Handlers of Algebraic Effects which received the Test of Time Award at the ETAPS conference on 6th April.

[18/05/2022] Bálint Gyevnár, a first-year PhD student in the School of Informatics won the 3rd prize in the 2021 “Shape the Future of ITS” Competition organised by IEEE – ITSS and aimed at young professionals, practitioners, researchers and students. Participants were asked to present their futuristic vision on Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).  

[12/05/2022] The School of Informatics remains among the top Computer Science and Informatics research institutions in the UK, according to 2021 Research Excellence Framework results. Our research was recognised as world-leading for research impact and environment. Times Higher Education (THE) named us the top Computer Science and Informatics department in terms of quality and breadth of our research, known as research power.

[10/05/2022] Professor Jane Hillston, Head of School of Informatics, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. She is one of only five female fellows whose research falls into a broad computer science or computational sciences fields.

Jane joins existing fellows from the School of Informatics: Alan Bundy, Peter Buneman, Wenfei Fan and Gordon Plotkin as well as notable past fellows: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage, Dorothy Hodgkin and Stephen Hawking.

[06/05/2022] Quantum advantage – the moment when quantum computers can solve problems classical computers find impossible – is still some way off, a study by Raul Garcia-Patron Sanchez from the school of Informatics and Daniel Stilck França from the University of Copenhagen suggests.

[21/04/2022] Experts from the School of Informatics have lent their skills to help develop a new interactive climate AI platform in a fascinating project, that’s bringing scientists and artist together to explore global climate data.

[18/04/2022] Second-year BSc Computer Science and Management Science student, Marian Bitsika, is amongst those in the running to become the next Undergraduate of the Year.

[14/04/2022] Professor John Vines, Chair of Design Informatics in the School of Informatics, Is set to co-direct the new Centre for Investing Innovation with funding of £7.5 million over five years provided by the global asset manager, abrdn.

[08/04/2022] 3rd year Informatics students have been working all semester on their System Design Projects - and on Friday 8th April, the public were given the chance to see what they have accomplished at the annual showcase held at Appleton Tower.

[04/04/2022] Informatics researchers are coming back to the Edinburgh Science Festival with an activity for children aged 8-12 at the National Museum of Scotland. Chris Heunen, Nuiok Dicaire and volunteers from Quantum Informatics will be running a week-long drop-in activity called "Quantum Spies" from 9 to 13 April, 10-4.30pm. Participants will explore the mysteries of quantum informatics, discover hidden messages, cover their tracks, and intercept secret communications in order to earn a quantum spy licence.

[31/03/2022] Elham Kashefi, Professor of Quantum Computing at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and senior science lead on the UK Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub is part of the consortium that aims to build a system capable of controlling hundreds of qubits simultaneously across different types of quantum hardware. The project paves the way for quantum computers to reach their full potential and is expected to transform industries such as materials development, drug discovery, and finance.

[25/03/2022] Chris Heunen and Andre Kornell (Department of Computer Science, Tulane University) made a breakthrough in the foundations of quantum informatics by proposing a solution to a problem open for nearly a century: what is mathematically special about Hilbert spaces and their operators? Their result is remarkable because it characterises an analytic theory in a purely algebraic way, linking two fields that typically resist each other.

[23/03/2022] Professor Barbara Webb has been appointed a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

[17/03/2022] Wishing someone happy birthday online may pose a security risk according to a study by Dilara Keküllüoğlu, Walid Magdy and Kami Vaniea.

[08/03/2022] Women might still be underrepresented in the Computer Science departments across the country, but the School of Informatics is doing pretty well: we have 26% of female students which is above the national average. Our students also have plenty role models among our academic staff to draw inspiration from. Today we celebrate all of them.

[22/02/2022] A study led by Dr Walid Magdy, a reader in the School of Informatics suggests that social media bots pose less of a threat spreading harmful messages and misinformation than previously thought, research suggests.

[11/02/2022] Historically, a significant gender gap has existed at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields and face barriers to participate fully. 

[2021] RemotED, a team from the School of Informatics were placed 12th out of 129, winning a bronze medal, at the Northwestern Europe Regional Contest 2021 (NWERC), an official regional contest in the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

[2021] A consortium that includes Informatics’ researcher Tariq Elahi has been awarded £85,000 by the UK Government to tackle one of society’s most pressing issues - keeping children safe online while using encrypted messaging apps such as Signal, WhatsApp or Viber. Edinburgh-based Cyan Forensics Ltd lead on the project with Crisp (Leeds) and Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also involved.

[2021] 2021 marked 25 years since the University of Edinburgh Computer Science, Joint Degrees and M.Eng. Class of 1996 graduated. The occasion called for a reunion and as the pandemic got in the way of meeting in person, an online reunion was hosted on 16th October 2021.

[2021] In a recent report Ross Anderson and colleagues analyse solutions for mass surveillance through software embedded in users’ devices, as opposed to the current practice of monitoring people’s communications.

[2021] Ioannis Pisokas, PhD student at the School of Informatics, has received a Saltire Early Career Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

[2021] Third-year Computer Science student, Matt Timmons-Brown won a scholarship from the UK Naval Engineering, Science and Technology (UKNEST) forum.

[2021] EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Robotics and Autonomous Systems won the sixth edition of the Minerva Informatics Equality Award.
This year’s Minerva Award was presented at a ceremony on 26 October 2021, during the 17th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2021), a hybrid event in Madrid and online.

[2021] Research at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and mobile networking led by Dr Paul Patras has helped shape a new spinout from the University of Edinburgh which promises to drastically reduce the need for expensive hardware and computing resources that 5G providers use to meet the service requirements of their customers.

[2021] Dr Paul Patras and his student, Haoyu Liu, collaborated with Prof. Doug Leith from Trinity College Dublin to investigate levels of data collection and information sharing from a range of popular mobile phones.

[2021] Pavlos Andreadis and three 4th year students: Calum McMeekin, Christoph Minixhofer, Mark Swan, authored a paper which takes a significant step towards a global drought prediction model and enables future such research by creating the first dataset and models for drought prediction across the Continental USA. The paper was accepted for inclusion in the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2021 Workshop on Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning.

[2021] Alexander Robertson led a study exploring the connection between identity signals and beliefs when considering the skin tone of an emoji against factual truth. The research is a continuation of previous work showing that Twitter users use skin-toned emoji as an act of self-representation to express racial/ethnic identity.

[2021] Ajitha Rajan has been awarded a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship. The fellowship will start in March 2022 and will fund Ajitha to spend time tackling industrially relevant problems with industry partners for two years.

[2021] Master of Informatics student, Jerry Zhao, gave a presentation on ‘Self-organising deep recurrent neural networks for behaviour control’, a project collaboration with Edinburgh Centre for Robotics student, Billy Lyons, and supervisor Dr Michael Herrmann at NeuroMONSTER 2021 conference. The project suggests control of behaviour brain function is incomplete unless accompanied by observation and evaluation from motor actions.

[2021] Jane Hillston has been awarded the RSE Lord Kelvin Medal for her work, including developing the first compositional framework for the quantitative analysis of systems. This pioneering work has had widespread applications in engineered and natural systems.

[2021] The University’s Formula Student AI team gain an overall Autonomous Driving System (ADS) victory at Silverstone, and an all time best result of 21st in Formula Student Class.

[2021] Marielle Péré from the University of Edinburgh is one of 19 PhD students to receive a Saltire Early Career Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

[2021] A research paper ‘Extracting and Visualizing User Engagement on Wikipedia Talk Pages’ authored by Carlin MacKenzie, BSc Computer Science student at the School of Informatics, alongside Dr John R. Hott from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been accepted for the OpenSym 2021 conference.

[2021] Sharon Goldwater and her former PhD student, Herman Kamper, have been awarded the ISCA Award for the Best Research Paper published in Computer Speech and Language for their paper: 'A segmental framework for fully-unsupervised large-vocabulary speech recognition'.

[2021] Congratulations to four new Turing Fellows from the School of Informatics. We are also pleased to see a number of fellows returning for the 2021-22 academic year.

[2021] Nikolas Pilavakis, a summer research intern with the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science and this year’s MInf (Master of Informatics) graduate, contributed to a collaborative university-NHS-industry project that evidenced the potential of flexible manufacturing for future emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Lessons learned from the project are presented in a paper published in a special issue of Frontiers in Medical Technology.

[2021] Mirella Lapata was appointed one of the first Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellows to conduct ground-breaking work on Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) biggest challenges. The fellowship comes with £3.9 million from UKRI to set up Edinburgh Laboratory for Integrated Artificial Intelligence (ELIAI). The new research centre will work towards developing a new class of neural network models and a theoretical framework which explains what it means for neural network models to reason.

[2021] Alexander Robertson led a study that suggests text messages and social media posts that contain yellow emojis are seen as having been written by White people, a study suggests.

[2021] Informatics staff and research students can support efforts to combat Covid-19 from their workplace.

[2021] This year students and staff in the School of Informatics celebrated Volunteer’s Week by helping our official school charity, the Turing Trust, to pack computer kits to be sent to students in Malawi.

[2021] Dr Vladimir Ivan (lead roboticist) and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar (scientific advisor) from Statistical Learning and Motor Control Group group, as part of the AvatarX team led by an Edinburgh startup Touchlab, qualified for the semifinals of the Avatar XPrize.

[2021] Diego Oyarzún and doctoral student Denise Thiel are co-authors of a PNAS paper led by Imperial College scientists that explores ‘weak spots' in cancer cells recovering from chemotherapy.

[2021] Alistair Tait, 1st-year student of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science placed in the final of Future CFO of the Year category of the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards.

[2021] Professor Subramanian Ramamoorthy and his collaborators on the COVIBOT project looked into whether healthcare professionals are likely to accept being supported by robots to overcome hazards and risks related to COVID-19 transmission control.

[2021] Vesselin Velichkov and his collaborators are in the final of a race to solve the encryption problem in very small electronic devices such as smart locks, health trackers or baby monitors. Velichkov is a co-designer (with partners at the University of Luxembourg and INRIA, Paris) of the algorithm SPARKLE, shortlisted in the standardisation process for new lightweight cryptographic algorithms organised by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). From 56 submissions, 10 have been shortlisted after two years of public evaluation.

[2021] Purvi Harwani, first year Computer Science student won the first year student poster contest at the annual BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium for her poster "Hey Siri, I don’t feel too good!"

[2021] Following their win at Hack 4 the People George Karabassis, Eve Bogomil and Adrien Zier will present their “personal face mask consultant” app at the Google Cloud Demo Derby Week.

[2021] Ground-breaking trial led by Dr. Lynda Webb uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to monitor energy usage patterns.

[2021] The Sense of Belonging Award was presented to undergraduate student Michael Andrejczuk and the University's Women in STEM society, whose president is Informatics student Sarah Lappin.

[2021] The Royal Society of Edinburgh has made School of Informatics Professors Aggelos Kiayias and Chris Williams fellows of the prestigious organisation.

[2021] Professor of Biorobotics Barbara Webb collaborates with University of St Andrews colleagues to find out how animals perform skillful tasks.

[2021] Professor in Quantum Computing Elham Kashefi has won a les Margaret Award, an honour that recognises women who are changing the world and is supported by French President Emmanuel Macron.

[2021] Drs. Michele Ciampi and Andrea Weisse have been awarded Chancellor's Fellowships to support their innovative research.

[2021] Professor of Robotics Sethu Vijayakumar takes the lead on new Horizon 2020 project Harmony, which will use autonomous robots to enhance the human-centred environments found in healthcare.

[2021] Sharon Goldwater and colleagues use computationally-based modelling to gain deeper understanding of early language acquisition.

[2021] Postgraduate programmes hosted by the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) and School of Informatics take an interdisciplinary approach to improving later life healthcare.

[2021] Fourth-year Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence student Sarah Lappin has been named a Brooke Owens Fellow for 2021, earning a coveted internship in the US Aerospace industry.

[2021]In an article written for The Scotsman Professor of Robotics Sethu Vijayakumar discusses how the latest advances in robotics have the potential to solve some of the greatest challenges in healthcare today.

[2021] An online service to improve support for people who are currently experiencing or are at risk of homelessness has been developed by researchers and community partners.

[2021] Prewired have obtained funding from Creative Informatics to take one of Scotland’s longest running coding clubs for young people online.

[2021] Andy Gordon and Gordon Plotkin have been awarded Fellowship of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the leading educational and scientific computing society in the world.

[2021] Paul Patras has designed and compiled an education kit introducing students to key concepts in the area of Internet of Things (IoT), which is available through the Arm University Program.

[2021] Billy Byiringiro has been selected as this year's Rhodes scholar for the East Africa region, the first Rwandan to win the prestigious award.

[2021] Reader in Computer Science Education Fiona McNeill named one of the recipients of the Principal’s Medal for her course helping first-year students connect with each other and adapt to hybrid teaching.

[2021] Nadin Kokciyan and Michael Rovatsos will be working on one of the strands of a multi-disciplinary project that seeks to address responsibility gaps in autonomous systems. Informatics researchers will focus on the development of new techniques and tools for making autonomous systems more answerable. The project is led by Professor Shannon Vallor, Director of the Centre for Technomoral Futures at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

[2020] Data experts are helping to boost the security of a ticketing app used by a leading UK public transport company.

[2020] In collaboration with Zhejiang University, Alex Li and team have created a quick-thinking quadruped that has the ability to use pre-learned skills to respond and adapt to previously unseen situations.

[2020] Lecturer in Computational Social Science Björn Ross has been awarded the prestigious Stafford Beer Medal for best paper published in the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS) in 2019.

[2020] The University of Edinburgh is announced the winners of the 2020 Europe Major League Hacking (MLH) Season, coming first out of 150 Universities across eighteen Hackathon events.

[2020] Scientists from the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh including Dr. Rik Sarkar have created the first ever 3D-printed synthetic soft surface that replicates the human tongue.

[2020] Researchers across the University and beyond have come together to ensure the trustworthiness of systems that put machines in charge of decisions, from virtual assistants like Alexa to aircraft autopilot.

[2020] One of the recipients of this year’s Future Leader’s Fellowship, Dr. Sam Lindley is currently an honorary member of the School of Informatics and will re-join us fully in February 2021.

[2020] The University’s Schools of GeoSciences and Informatics have received further funding to advance our understanding of the Antarctic Ice Sheet by creating a digital twin of Antarctica.

[2020] A team of Edinburgh scientists led by Dr Tariq Elahi will play a key role in a new cyber security centre that will help keep citizens safe online.

[2020] Students Stephen Waddell, Alex Shand, Mahbub Iftekhar and Michael Michaelides were part of Código, the winning team of the Filecoin and IPFS challenge at the Spark University Hackathon.

[2020] Edinburgh is joining the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) – a pan-European Artificial Intelligence collaboration.

[2020] Reader in Computational Biology Diego Oyarzun is part of one of seven winning research teams named in this year's Principal's Innovation Award.

[2020] A team of Edinburgh scientists led by Elham Kashefi are part of a national consortium that will build and operate Britain’s first commercial quantum computer – a revolutionary computer with huge processing power.

[2020] School of Informatics’ Perdita Stevens and Steffen Zschaler, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at King’s College London are spearheading a new academic and industry network that aims to increase the UK’s ability to develop high-quality software needed for economic success.

[2020] Professor of Automated Reasoning Alan Bundy has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the European Association for Artificial Intelligence for his contribution to the advancement of AI.

[2020] The Statistical Machine Learning and Motor Control group are pleased to welcome Talos, a high performance robot standing at 1.75m tall, as the newest addition to the robotics research lab.

[2020] For the third time the University’s Formula Student AI team won the ADS Design and Class Awards for the best software and hardware design of an autonomous race car at the FS UK competition.

[2020] Bonnie Webber was awarded 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

[2020] Two projects led by Rik Sarkar and DK Arvind have received funding from the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) Programme to support local responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

[2020] Second year student George Karabassis has created Covid19livespread, a website that presents detailed Covid-19 data and statistics from around the world in one clear, user-friendly place.

[2020] Population-wide testing, contact tracing and isolation in the UK could save more than 50,000 lives and around £700bn over the next two years, research suggests.

[2020] Professor Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy, has written about the importance of prioritising privacy in contact tracing for the University's Covid-19 'Expert insights' site.

[2020] Third-year Computer Science students Mark Swan and Calum McMeekin have developed CovidMaps, an interactive website that facilitates comparison of the impact of Covid-19 between local authorities in Scotland.

[2020] Institute for Perception Action and Behaviour Director Barbara Webb to develop computational models for robots based on the navigation system of a dung beetle for her latest project, Ultimate compass.

[2020] Research Associate Kwabena Nuamah has adapted his previous work for Ghana-based start-up Cognate Systems in order to track Covid-19 symptoms in the country using accessible mobile technology.

[2020] Robotics lecturer Mohsen Kadhem has been awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship funding to work on a Cyber-Physical System (CPS) for the Unified Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Diseases.

[2020] ​​​​​​​Informatics technicians have been 3D printing over 100 face shields a day since the end of March in an attempt to help the NHS and Care Homes with an increasing shortage of personal protective equipment.

[2020] This year's Teaching Awards saw over thirty academics and courses from Informatics nominated across all categories, with three making the shortlist: Pavlos Andreadis, Iain Murray and Philip Wadler's course 'Types and Semantics for Programming Languages'.

[2020] Reader in Computer Security Myrto Arapinis led a team to develop a self-tallying e-voting protocol, named E-cclesia, which is being implemented on the TEZOS blockchain in an international cross-university election experiment run by the Electis foundation.

[2020] Not even a global pandemic can stop the final of the System Design Project. This year the Trade Fair where third-year students usually exhibit their group projects has been swapped for an online showcase.

[2020] Students from Edinburgh University Cyber Security Society (SigInt) hosted their first Capture the Flag competition which was a resounding success, bringing together over 60 undergraduate participants in 20 teams representing 8 Scottish universities.

[2020] Professor Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics based at the Bayes Centre, has been named a Fellow by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in their latest election.

[2020] Colin Stirling, recently-retired professor at the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, is a co-author of one of the winners of the Test-of-Time Award at this year's International Conference on Concurrency Theory (CONCUR).

[2019] Informatics teacher Auroa Constantin has completed her Edinburgh Teaching Award Category 2, accredited through Advance HE’s Higher Education Academy.

[2019] Justin Glibert and Jay Yeung are amongst the winners of Pioneer’s technological tournament, securing funding for their AI platform that provides automated customer support

[2019] SIGINT Cyber Security Society members Gwion, Wiktor and Ally won the national competition for the second year in a row, beating teams from all over the country.

[2019] Two School of Informatics alumni have gone on to win Startup of the Year at the 2019 Scottish Tech Startup Awards for their company Speech Graphics

[2019] Professor Mirella Lapata has been selected as one of six 2019 Fellows of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for her work in machine and human learning and natural language processing.

[2019] Research Associate Cristina Alexandru recently completed her Edinburgh Teaching Award Category 3, accredited through Advance HE’s Higher Education Academy. In achieving this Alexandru has also become a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

[2019] Wenfei Fan has been elected as a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

[2019] Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications is changing its name to Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Institute.

[2019] A gardening robot has been developed that can self-navigate and automatically prune roses and trim bushes.

[2019] Mirella Lapata will give this year’s Karen Spärck Jones lecture on "Translating from Multiple Modalities to Text and Back" on 23rd October at Imperial College in London.

[2019] Edinburgh scientists have demonstrated their latest robotics technology developed for the renewable energy sector as part of a multimillion-pound collaboration.

[2019] Vaishak Belle is one of 43 new Royal Society University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2019. He took up the post from the start of October. He will work on Efficient Inference and Learning in Probabilistic Logical Models.

[2019] Who Twitter users follow and what they like are more accurate predictors of their views than what they write, a study suggests.

[2019] Researchers from the School of Informatics are working on a major UK research project, the Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL). The project will utilise household energy consumption data from smart meters to fuel a new wave of innovative energy research. This research will help make the UK’s energy more efficient, sustainable and affordable.

[2019] A team of Edinburgh students has won a driverless race car competition for the second year in a row. The team developed AI software allowing the car to race around Silverstone circuit at the world’s largest student competition – Formula Student.

[2019] A team of scientists, led by School of Informatics Barbara Webb, used their knowledge of insect anatomy to build a sophisticated computer model determining how they estimate their direction of travel.

[2019] Edinburgh Informatics researchers, in collaboration with colleagues from University College London, University of Sheffield, BBC and Deutsche Welle, have developed a system that will help journalist monitor media sources – a task that has become too big to handle for newsrooms with the development of the internet and digital media.

[2019] Researchers from Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, including Informatics Vaishak Belle, Jane Hillston, Michael Rovatsos and Ewa Luger have proposed a new research agenda in which artists and scientists come together, called Experiential AI.

[2019] Elham Kashefi, Chris Heunen, Myrto Arapinis and Petros Wallden will be working on a multimillion project that was announced on 11th July.

[2019] Benjamin Bach won one of the Eurographics Young Researcher of the Year Awards, given each year to two young researchers in the field of visualisation to recognize people early on in their career who have already made a notable contribution and are likely to make more. 

[2019] Carl Allen and Timothy Hospedales recently received a Best Paper Honourable Mention at the world’s largest conference in Machine Learning for explaining a curious phenomenon found amongst word representations.

[2019] Two Informatics students, Antreas Antoniou (Data Science) and Andrew Brock (Robotics and Autonomous Systems), are shortlisted for UK Open Source Awards in the student category.

[2019] In a review article for Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery Informatics researchers are looking into the impact of quantum computing and quantum technologies on cyber security.

[2019] Informatics alumnus and a former research associate in LFCS secured $5M seed investment for his financial technology start-up Imandra Inc. to help it move towards new areas of application for their innovative AI technology.

[2019] Professor Geoffrey Hinton who graduated from Edinburgh University is one of the three recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, along with Professors Yoshua Bengio and Yann LeCun. The award is for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing.

[2019] Mirella Lapata has been appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

[2019] Miltos Allamanis, Informatics graduate from 2017 won this year’s Distinguished Dissertation, a prestigious academic award, run jointly by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in collaboration with the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).

[2019] The security of smart domestic appliances that can be managed remotely must be improved to better protect users’ privacy, research suggests.

[2019] University scientists are to collaborate with three major Japanese research institutes on artificial intelligence and robotics.

[2018] Guido Sanguinetti and Giulio Caravagna (postdoc in Informatics 2015-17) are co-leading a cancer study that got a lot of interest in the media: 64 news outlets around the world picked it up, including ITV News, Independent and Daily Express. It has been nominated as one of the 5 breakthroughs of 2018 in Medical Physics.

[2018] Professors Amos Storkey and Chris Williams are among the researchers who established the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) on 6th December in Montreal.

[2018] Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has officially opened a world-leading centre of expertise in data science and artificial intelligence (AI).

[2018] Two Edinburgh professors have been recognised for their achievements in mathematics and computing.

[2018] UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have visited the University to formally agree the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

[2018] Professor Mark Steedman was awarded 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

[2018] Gordon Plotkin has been selected by the Awards Panel of British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT as the 2018 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

[2018] Wayra, Telefonica’s open innovation platform, and the University of Edinburgh are proud to announce an AI and Blockchain Accelerator that will welcome 20 start-ups a year from September.

[2018] Wenfei Fan, professor of Web Data Management from the School of Informatics was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society among fifty other eminent scientists on 9th May.

[2017] It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dear colleague, Jon Oberlander.

[2017] Researchers from Edinburgh's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research are joining a wider Cyber Security collaboration across Scotland in the SICSA Cyber Nexus, which is a new initiative that aims to focus efforts from Scotland’s leading universities on cybersecurity and cyber resilience, linking with government and industry to build new research and innovation capacity.

[2017] Professor Alan Kay, a renowned American computer scientist has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

[2017] MInf student, Orisa Ngampakdeepanich has been awarded 2nd place in the Young Software Engineer of the Year 2017 awards for her project entitled "Peter’s Adventures: A tablet app to elicit pretend play with children with ACS”.

[2017] Dr Colin Adams, former Director of Commercialisation in the School of Informatics and Director of Informatics Ventures, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

[2017] The Government has today announced the University of Edinburgh as the latest UK university to become a Government-approved Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research in the UK.

[2017] The establishment of a Blockchain Technology Laboratory within the university’s School of Informatics was announced today.

[2017] Researchers from the School of Informatics were recognised at the prestigious event in Austin, Texas in early February.

[2016] Dr Boris Grot has been inducted into the MICRO Hall of Fame.

[2016] Professor Philip Wadler has won the ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award 2016.

[2016] In November, the alumnus will receive the University’s highest honour for his significant contribution as our Director of Commercialisation.

[2016] Professor Emeritus David Willshaw has been awarded the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience.

[2016] A paper by Professor Peter Buneman, Dr Adriane Chapman, and Dr James Cheney has won the 2016 ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award.

[2016] Professor Andrew Blake has won the 2016 BCS Lovelace Medal, the top award in computing in the UK.

[2016] Sharon Goldwater has won the BCS Roger Needham award for outstanding work in computational linguistics.

[2016] Informatics Professor Jon Oberlander has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

[2016] Over half a million tried but Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics graduate David McBryan is one of only three people who came close to solving the brain teaser.

[2015] Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded the University's Tam Dalyell Prize 2015 by the Principal, Professor Timothy O’Shea.

[2015] Dr Grant Passmore’s company Aesthetic Integration has been announced winner of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge.

[2015] Dr Jean Carletta has received a Ten-Year Technical Impact Award from the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), Seattle, 9-13 November 2015.

[2015] An interdisciplinary team including Dr Beatrice Alex, Dr Claire Grover and Professor Jon Oberlander has received an award in the research category of the British Library Labs Award 2015.

[2015] Professor Leonid Libkin, Professor of Foundations of Data Management, has been elected to Academia Europæa, an eminent organisation for European scholars.

[2015] Marija Pinkute, a final year MInf student, whose project is aimed at the automatic generation of Tweet messages for news articles, came second in the prestigious award.

[2015] The University has partnered with the Edinburgh International Festival to open the August festivals in spectacular style.

[2015] Congratulations to Dr Iain Murray on winning the 2015 Van Heyningen Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering.

[2015] Professor Don Sannella of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

[2015] Prof. Gordon Plotkin has been given the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Award for "his lifetime contribution of a research corpus of exceptional depth and influence across a broad range of areas within theoretical computer science."