Photo of Jo Spiller and Jasmeen Kanwal collecting the award for Education Initiative of the Year at the 2024 British Data Awards in London on 8th May 2024

The Data Education in Schools (DES) team has scooped top prize for Education Initiative of the Year at the 2024 British Data Awards. DES is part of the Data Skills Gateway, a key strand of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and its inclusive growth ambition. Since 2018, DES has reached around…

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Book cover of Data-Driven Innovation in the Creative Industries published by Routledge

The importance of data-driven innovation in the creative industries has been highlighted in a new book. Data-Driven Innovation in the Creative Industries, published by Routledge, is a collection of essays edited by Melissa Terras, Vikki Jones, Nicola Osborne and Chris Speed. The book reflects on the editors’ experiences in delivering, researching, and supporting the creative…

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Image of patient with assistive robot

Next-generation socially assistive robots have been successfully tested in a healthcare setting to assist patients, alleviate their anxiety, and relieve pressure on nursing staff as part of a hospital trial co-conducted by researchers from the UK’s National Robotarium in Paris, France.   The SPRING (Socially Assistive Robots in Gerontological healthcare) trial developed robots equipped with advanced…

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Computer servers

The Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF), operated by EPCC, underpins the Data-Driven Innovation initiative. The Cerebras CS-2 supercomputer is at the heart of the AI services offered by EIDF, and its great potential to power innovation in business has been demonstrated in a recent trial.  EPCC is currently working with Scottish-based consultancy smartR AI on…

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Cover of 2023 DDI annual report

The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University’s Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative has published its 2023 Annual Review, highlighting research, start-ups, and partnerships delivering benefits across a range of industry sectors. The DDI initiative, which is part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, delivers key performance indicators (KPIs) across areas including talent,…

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Heriot-Watt University’s National Robotarium facility for robotics and AI took home the Project of the Year prize at this year’s Learning Places Scotland awards, held on 14 November in Glasgow. The awards, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government as part of Scottish Learning Estates strategy, are an annual celebration of Scotland’s growing learning estate,…

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Professor Kev Dhaliwal has been appointed Interim Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute. Dhaliwal is Professor of Molecular Imaging and Healthcare Technology at the Institute for Regeneration and Repair, Edinburgh BioQuarter and an NHS Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine. He is the Co-director of Baillie Gifford Pandemic Science Hub. His interests are around interdisciplinarity and start-ups,…

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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…

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