The Robert Gordon University (RGU) is one of two universities in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. It originated as an educational institution in the 18th Century by the prosperous merchant Robert Gordon. RGU has officially been recognized, by Higher Education Statistics Agency, as the university with the UK's best graduate employment record, for several years including in 2013. The Times Good University Guide has also placed it as the best modern university in the UK also for 2013. It hosts over 16,000 students of which 35% are postgraduate.
Its School of Computing is a member of the world-leading Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). The Computing research is within the IDEAS Research Institute that is a multi-disciplinary research centre which develops novel technologies highly relevant to industry, and builds on the interfaces between computing, engineering, environmental science, architecture & built environment, and art & design. IDEAS contains well recognized research in information retrieval, text mining, context aware and adaptive systems, case based reasoning, probabilistic modeling, machine learning and optimization, log analysis, mobile applications, video communication, cognitive modeling, visualization, user interface design and usability engineering. The research is based on funding from a variety of sources including: EU-IST, EPSRC (UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), KTP (UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with industry), AHRC (UK Arts & Humanities Research Council), Scottish Funding Council, Nuffield, and Vodafone Foundation. The total relevant funding is circa £2.5 million since 2012. The Institute had collaborations with many industrial partners in energy, and computing.