Harnessing digital, data and AI

We are marshalling cutting edge data, digital and AI technologies to unlock solutions to a range of environmental, social and economic challenges. Our advanced computing capacity and world-leading Informatics enable us to harness data and computational methods across all of our disciplines to address key challenges in a responsible and ethical way. These are some of the projects using digital technologies to make a real world difference.

But is it art? – How AI is redrawing creativity

Stephen PhelanMay 23, 202411 min read
The ability to create art is a hallmark of what it means to be human. But with chatbots generating stunning images, video and even poetry, are we facing AI’s artistic triumph?

What video games can teach us about the past

Dr Glaire D AndersonOct 9, 20235 min read
Outside of fun and excitement, video games have the potential to offer relevant history lessons. How much impact can they have on our understanding of the past?

AI’s moment of truth

Stephen PhelanSep 18, 202310 min read
AI is creating increasingly convincing, but fake, versions of reality. What does this mean for professions that pursue veracity, such as the law and journalism?

Looking back to the future of Edinburgh’s AI legacy

Rhona CrawfordApr 3, 20239 min read
Edinburgh is celebrating 60 years of computer science and AI research. Take a closer look at some of the key discoveries, now embedded in everyday life, and the people behind them.

Seeing the Universe in a new light

Corin CampbellOct 13, 20228 min read
How did the first galaxies form? What is it like on distant worlds? The most powerful space telescope ever constructed is helping Edinburgh scientists answer some of the biggest questions in the Universe.

The role of data in ending conflict

Aileen BallantyneOct 13, 20227 min read
When violence and fighting erupt in society, humanity’s attention turns to how to end it and save lives. Gathering data might not seem an obvious pursuit but without it the peace process may never begin.

Humanising artificial intelligence

Sarah LincolnAug 29, 202211 min read
Dr Leonidas Doumas at the University has created a system that transcends current machine learning and could hold the key to making computers learn the way humans do.

Balancing data power with data privacy

Mark BaillieJul 26, 20227 min read
Interweaving sets of public information can reveal powerful patterns and insights. But can it be done without damaging the public's trust that their data is being used appropriately? An Edinburgh team has some ingenious solutions.

Making data count against child abuse

Josh LoweFeb 8, 20227 min read
The battle against child exploitation takes place in dark territory. A new global institute will use data to cast light into the gloom and ensure children are seen and heard in the fight.

A new spin on the Universe

Corin CampbellFeb 7, 20224 min read
The Universe is full of spin – from the micro whirl of a molecule to the epic revolution of a galaxy. Experts have now identified possibly the largest of them all.

How data can target Covid financial support to those in need

Peter RanscombeJul 2, 20218 min read
A new partnership is delivering insights into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s income, spending, and saving. The findings will help shape the economic recovery and future financial support schemes, while keeping customers’ data safe and secure.

Hi-tech tool prompts hope of virtual assistants fluent in Gaelic

Ronnie KerrJun 21, 20215 min read
Speech recognition software developed by Edinburgh researchers is helping to ensure that Scotland’s ancient language has a place in the modern technological landscape.

How to build eco-friendly cryptocurrencies

Edd McCrackenJun 4, 20215 min read
The huge carbon footprint of Bitcoin and its ilk means the colour of digital money is a sooty grey. Researchers have found a way to make virtual greenbacks actually green.

Revived with the sound of music

Joanne MorrisonApr 27, 20217 min read
Gaming technology can blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Researchers have been exploring its potential to create the sensation of a musical time machine.

Rise and rise of the machines

Corin CampbellApr 19, 20216 min read
The arrival of a cutting-edge AI supercomputer in Edinburgh marks the next stage of the University’s storied history with some of the world’s most powerful systems.