EDINBURGH is playing host to the world's largest and most prestigious conference on artificial intelligence.
Thousands of experts from around the world are convening in the Capital in what is a major coup for Scotland. The distinguished turnout for the event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre highlights the country's growing reputation in this field of scientific research.
The event is also expected to provide a major boost to the local economy as academics and companies take the chance to advertise their merchandise to a captive global audience.
Hot topics to be discussed include "autonomous humanoids", or robots, and the "medical applications of nanotechnology", which will attempt to uncover distinct benefits that can be used for the early detection and diagnosis of disease.
Among the leading speakers will be Professor Stephen Jacobsen from Utah, and Professor Alison Gopnik from the University of California. The conference runs until August 5.
A second major scientific event is also due to be staged in the Capital in September, when the 25th International Display Research Conference: EuroDisplay 2005 returns to the UK for the first time in almost a decade.