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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.

The Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour (formed 1998) is focused on activities related to these issues. IPAB is one of several institutes formed by members of the former Departments of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science, and HCRC.

In partnership with Heriot-Watt University, we have recently established the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics:



The main activities of the Institute 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
  • hosting visiting scientists
  • promoting the Institute and its research field within the University and in the external scientific world
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