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About Experiential AI

About Experiential AI

About Experiential AI

About Experiential AI

Experiential AI is a new research theme and group at Edinburgh Futures Institute. It aims to support the creation of artistic works using machine learning algorithms and robotics, and to inspire new concepts and paradigms on ethical and responsible AI. Experiential AI develops research on AI futures, science, art and ethics through collaborations with artists, festivals and the AI community.

Edinburgh is the world’s foremost festival city, and has been a centre for AI research since the early 1960s. These two strengths combine to create a fertile environment for work on art and AI.

Read our first position paper introducing the Experiential AI research agenda in AI Matters:

Position Paper (PDF)

Read about the 2019/20 residency theme in an Editorial in the October issue of Leonardo (10.1162/LEON_a_01795):

Residency editorial


  • Drew Hemment (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dave Murray-Rust (University of Edinburgh)
  • Vaishak Belle (University of Edinburgh)
  • Ruth Aylett (Heriot Watt University)
  • Larissa Pschetz (University of Edinburgh)
  • Ewa Luger (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jane Hillston (University of Edinburgh)
  • Michael Rovatsos (University of Edinburgh)
  • Frank Broz (Heriot Watt University)
  • Bev Hood (University of Edinburgh)


Experiential AI is a research group at Edinburgh Futures Institute and Edinburgh College of Art. It is a partnership with the Bayes Centre and Informatics at University of Edinburgh, and the Robotarium, a joint venture between University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University. It is supported by Creative Scotland and the Data-Driven Innovation programme of the South East Scotland City and Region Deal.

Edinburgh Futures Institute will open its doors in 2022. In the meantime, you can find us on Twitter: @experientialAI