For over half a century, Scotland has demonstrated global leadership in Computer Science research. The University of Edinburgh boasts the largest Computer Science department in Europe and the university’s Informatics Forum is ensuring that Scotland remains at the cutting edge.
The Forum brings together some 500 scientists whose interests include virtual reality, robotics, artificial learning, intelligent systems, computational linguistics, and bioinformatics – as well as computer science and software engineering.
Built over six floors around a central atrium, the Forum has an open design to encourage interaction and collaboration between researchers. This reflects the school’s reputation for commercialisation and promotes world class research. It attracts students and academics, and a steady stream of top-rank visiting researchers from other leading institutions from across the world.
Over the five years since the forum opened, it has helped develop a now-flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem where positive attitudes, skills and innovation networks thrive. lncubator space in the adjacent Appleton Tower has filled to overflowing. The nearby TechCube opened recently to help meet the demand.
TechCube and the Appleton Tower provide ideal environments, close to the Forum, for early stage start-up companies. Residents include companies who develop interactive tables for retail and exhibitions, augmented reality mobile apps and games, as well as digital economic forecasting tools. They service a wide range of clients, including publishers, museums, banks, health services and small business owners. More-established businesses such as Amazon, Microsoft and Skyscanner have significant development groups located nearby. This cluster brings entrepreneurs together with cutting edge research and innovation, attracted by a programme of tech focused events, a range of business support services, and access to world-leading researchers.
This corner of Edinburgh is rapidly becoming one of the leading technology locations in Europe.
Edinburgh University School of Informatics
Techcube at Summerhall
Edinburgh University Informatics Ventures - supporting Scotland's technology entrepreneurs
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