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Surname First name Email Address Area of Expertise
Albrecht Stefano contact Stefano Reinforcement learning, autonomous driving (self-driving cars), multi-robot systems, and autonomous systems in general
Aspinall David Cyber security and privacy
Bell Peter

Speech technology, including: automatic speech recognition, voice/speaker recognition, speech enhancement

Bundy Alan Artificial Intelligence (symbolic, not Machine Learning/Data Mining), Automated Reasoning, Automated Conceptual Change.
Cohen Shay Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning.
Fisher Bob Computer Vision, Image Processing, Video Analysis.
Grot Boris All aspects of computer architecture, including CPUs, Parallel Processing (many-core and many-node computers), Memory Systems and Interconnection Networks. Servers and data centers, systems with quality-of-service guarantees.
Herrmann J. Michael Self-organisation, Complex Adaptive Systems, Metaheuristic Optimisation, autonomous agents and Robotics.
Heunen Chris Quantum Computing.
Lapata Mirella Natural Language Processing.
Lascarides Alex Computational Linguistics.
Lopez Adam Natural Language Processing, especially (but not exclusively) topics related to multilinguality and translation.
Lucas Chris

My research area is computational cognitive science. I work at the intersection of machine learning/AI and cognitive psychology. I use machine learning to understand the human mind and take lessons from psychology to develop better machine learning models and tools.

Magdy Walid Social Media Analytics, stance and political bias prediction, Computional Social Science, Data Mining, information retrieval.
Nagarajan Vijay Memory Consistency models, Cache Coherence protocols, Memory systems, Distributed systems.
Narayanaswamy Siddharth (Sid)

Explainable AI, Machine Learning for human-like perception, Neuro-Symbolic modelling and inference, Deep Generative Modelling, and Probabilistic Programming

Nazarpour Kia Neuroprosthetics, neurorehabilitation
McNeill Fiona

CS and STEM education in schools and universities; improving gender balance in CS and tech in schools, universities and industry; access to CS education for excluded groups, especially females and widening participation students; transitions into university for UG and MSc students; CS education policy in Scotland; outreach

Patras Paul Wireless networking, mobile systems, IoT Security & Privacy.
Ponti Edoardo Natural Language Processing
Ramamoorthy Subramanian (Ram) Robotics, Machine Learning, Decision Science.
Rovatsos Michael Artificial Intelligence, Ethics of AI, Human-AI Interaction, Social Computing, Collective Inteligence, Explainable AI, Algorithmic Fairness.
Simpson Ian Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Neuroscience.
Stark Ian Programming languages, particularly: type systems for programming, functional languages, modelling concurrent computation.
Stevens Perdita Software engineering, especially mathematical aspects of model-driven development: e.g., how the development of software may change in the future as a result of better use of models adapted to the needs of different stakeholders.
Vaniea Kami

Human factors of Cyber Security and Privacy software updates, most questions around "how does an average person stay safe online".

NB on maternity leave till June 2023

Vijayakumar Sethu Professor of Robotics at Edinburgh University and Director of the Edinburgh Center for Robotics. I have expertise in all aspects of robotics: planning, sensing and control. My specialty is the application of Machine Learning and AI for the intelligent control of advanced robotic platforms and robot learning. I am a judge on BBC Robot Wars, have been involved with the launch of the UK wide BBC micro:bit initiative ( and the winner of the Tam Dalyell Prize for excellence in science communication. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and hold the Microsoft-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Robotics.
Wadler Phil

Programming languages. Security issues related to programming languages. (Many reported security breaches could be avoided by using better languages.) Blockchain, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts - particularly the programming language aspect of smart contracts. (Again, many reported exploits could be avoided by using better languages.)

Webb Barbara Robotics, specifically biologically-inspired Robotics, navigation and learning in insects.
Wolters Maria

"Why can't I get this app/gadget /phone /software to work? Why does it have to be so complicated to do what I need to do?" User experience, usability and human factors.

Woods Daniel

Economics of security and privacy, e.g. statistics on victimisation and losses, insurance, risk management, cookie dialogs