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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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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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A first-of-its-kind system in the UK is being trialled in Edinburgh to see if waste heat from a large computing facility can be stored in disused mine workings and used to warm homes. The large amounts of energy needed to power the University of Edinburgh’s Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) could be recycled to heat at…

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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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The renowned EIE event which aims to give investors and entrepreneurs access to the Scottish tech ecosystem will return next year, after a two-year hiatus. EIE24 will bring together over 130 investors from around the world for two days of networking, discovery, and deal-making with some of Scotland’s most innovative companies. Established in 2008, EIE…

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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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The benefits of data-driven innovation (DDI) opportunities across the Lothians have been highlighted in a whitepaper, published today, 22 November 2023. DDI Economic Development Opportunities – The Lothians is published by the University of Edinburgh’s DDI initiative, and identifies ways to drive socio-economic growth across the three local authorities of East Lothian, Midlothian, and West…

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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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