University of Edinburgh
Our world is a treasure trove of natural and digital information ranging from the position of the sun informing bees about navigational paths back to their hives to us skimming through our friends’ posts on social media. Specific information is often hidden amongst the vast amount of ‘stuff’ or data in the world and making sense of this is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Agents, whether they are natural organisms or computers, rely on some form of cognitive intelligence to be able to identify and interpret information. Natural and machine learning systems strive to identify patterns and make deductions from large amounts of data. Once information is gleaned from the data, it may be communicated between various agents which, again, could be natural organisms or machines. Informatics is the study of all of these different processes that pertain to information in our world. At the School of Informatics, in addition to learning how computers work, we focus on understanding how information is transformed. This includes computation, cognition (learning) and communication. The lectures in this programme will introduce you to different forms of information and the relevance of computational tools across different topics. In addition to lectures, you will also have an opportunity to engage practically via a group project where you might be able to develop an application for a mobile phone or programme miniature robots.
The Engineering programme will consist of lectures and group workshops integrating the four disciplines of Engineering taught at the University of Edinburgh (Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering). The aim is to give you a sense of what it is like to study Engineering at university level and how all disciplines integrate and contribute to the challenges of ensuring sustainability. Each discipline will have one dedicated session, and there will be opportunity to discuss each discipline in groups and with academic staff. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a group project in the area of sustainability, where you will work with young researchers from the School of Engineering to produce a poster presentation.
22 June 2020 - 27 June 2020
Higher: Mathematics & EITHER Physics or Engineering Science
A-Level: Mathematics & ONE from Physics, Engineering, or Design & Technology
IB: HL Mathematics & ONE from Physics, Engineering, or Design & Technology