About us

The Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA) studies computer systems that can emulate (and sometime, surpass) human cognition, communicate and collaborate with humans, and support collaboration between humans and machines.

Our research addresses fundamental AI questions regarding the representation and evolution of knowledge, the automation of rational reasoning, learning, creativity, and complex communication, and the coordination of complex activity within collectives of human and artificial agents.

We combine our core expertise in knowledge- and agent-based systems with methods from areas such as data mining, planning, constraint satisfaction, distributed systems, data curation, formal methods, human-computer interaction, software engineering, cognitive science and the social sciences to build complex software systems that reproduce and/or complement uniquely human abilities in a broad range of application domains, such as healthcare, emergency systems, transportation, engineering, aerospace, social computing, and scientific collaboration.

The Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) is part of CISA and promotes the application of AI research for the benefit of commercial, industrial, and government organisations.

CISA is one of the six Research Institutes within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. It encompasses several research groups working in related areas, and provides a common research environment and community to staff and students in these groups. It has strong links to the other AI institutes at the School, IPAB, ILCC, and ANC.