About us

The Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA) is a small but dynamic community of researchers interested in computer systems that can reproduce or complement human abilities, work with people, and support collaboration between humans.

We have an international track record in addressing real-world problems in healthcare, scientific collaboration, social computing, emergency systems, transportation, engineering, aerospace and others.

CISA is one of six research institutes within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Contact us if you are interested in:

  • Human-like cognitive computing: systems that emulate human cognition in human-understandable ways
  • Intelligent collaborative systems: systems that collaborate with people and/or support collaboration among humans
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence: computational methods to describe emergence of meaning, theory and ontology change, creativity, mathematical proof.

CISA hosts several research groups  that conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as automated reasoning, intelligent agents, automated planning, and data-intensive research.

These groups collaborate closely with the other AI institutes in Informatics, ILLC, IPAB, and IANC, and with the LFCS, are involved in the Centres for Doctoral Training on Data Science, Pervasive Parellelism, and Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and in initiatives such as the Security and Privacy Group. Within the University, we have close collaborative links to the Farr Institute, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, the School of GeoSciences, and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation.