About us

We are one of 6 research institutes within the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Formed in 1998 the main activites of Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour are:

  • undertaking research into robotics, computer vision, computer graphics, machine learning and related topics
  • providing supervision and a research environment for the PhD/MPhil/MSc(Research) research students and annual MSc/UG4 student projects
  • hosting a weekly IPAB seminar/workshop and occasional Institute topical workshops

Role and Focus

How can we link computational perception, representation, transformation and generation processes to external worlds?

This is a key issue for 21st century Informatics, which we explore in both theory and practice. The domains include bio-mimetic robotics, computer-based visual perception, dynamic control of the interaction of robotic systems with their environment or each other, computer-based generation of external phenomena, such as images, music or actions, and agent-based interaction with other agents or humans, as in computer games and animation.