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EFI Research aims to provide the catalyst for interdisciplinary research across all areas of the University of Edinburgh, encouraging collaboration between the arts, humanities and the social sciences with data science, engineering, the natural sciences and medicine.

EFI Research encourages and facilitates the highest quality research linked to our thematic areas, as described in our ethos statement. Our ambition is to build a holistic research environment that supports, encourages, rewards, and promotes research and its impacts, constructing a culture of success, ambition, and engagement, by producing outputs with meaningful, sustained and measurable impact in society.

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EFI Research will focus on challenges and opportunities posed by Data Driven innovation in four main sectors: Financial Services (including Fintech); Creative Industries; Tourism and Festivals; and Gov-tech and Data Civics. In addition to this, we will support two cross cutting themes: Future Infrastructure and the Ethics of Data and AI.

We will provide mechanisms and support for researchers to engage with external partners and to contribute to research environments both locally, nationally, and internationally, working with researchers, communities, industry, and government. We will support initial research activity that could develop into ambitious projects. We aim to do so through several initiatives, including an annual programme of EFI Small Research Grants, our EFI Student Research Projects, and help and support in the scoping, planning, and establishment of interdisciplinary research projects.

Research news

Using Performance to Demystify Emotional Recognition Technology
Interview with Professor Melissa Terras on feminist digitisation practices and the future of our digital cultural heritage
Designing Disinformation
Edinburgh Professors to lead multidisciplinary AHRC Programme on AI
Reimagining Regeneration – Supporting local acceleration through data-driven participatory engagement
EFI Chancellor’s Fellow Dr Chiara Bonacchi awarded prestigious leverhulme prize