The Centre has hosted Resident Entrepreneurs who we helped to take their own informatics products to market, designing with data, to build innovative prototypes and transform them into viable products. The Centre currently has half a dozen residencies, housed in Evolution House, with access to entrepreneurial education, and support for spinning out. The Centre’s community of interest is being developed to help forge the links between academics and local and global companies and organisations, both large and small. These links will underpin the placements being established for future students. Visit the Residencies page to find out more about the companies taking part. Unfortunately we are currently not recruiting new entrepreneurs but hope to in the future.
Courses are being designed for students who want to build their skills in design informatics. There is a degree programme for informatics-based students, and another for design-based students. Both involve the deepening of technical skills, as well as broadening out to enable interactions across discipline boundaries. The courses have a focus on practicals and products, and work is in hand to scope out summer placements on challenging projects. See the Postgraduate page for more details.
Students, staff and entrepreneurs are exploring the possibilities which are generated by crossing ideas from design and informatics. For instance, what can computer vision do for animation? Can synthetic biology and fashion find common ground? Every student or staff research project has to address a practical challenge. Can we improve the ways we work, especially creatively - or the ways we care, for vulnerable members of the community - or the ways we play, on the sports-field, or on holiday? See the Research pages for futher details on projects.
The centre works in association with New Media Scotland on many projects from Late Labs as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Expanded Cinema event and on the Alt-W programme.