Who we are

Department of Computing and Information Sciences (since 1977)

  • 4 Divisions
  • ± 110 Researchers
  • ± 900 Bachelor Students  (2 Bachelor Programmes)
  • ± 400 Master Students (4 Master Programmes)

Factsheet Department of Computing and Information Sciences

Within the ICS department we specialize in software. Consequently, our knowledge and expertise can be appliedto a broad range of fields and (scientific) questions. Our application ranges from the detection of swine fever to disclosing music history, to the development of code compilers. This background – which is both broad and indepth - provides us with a unique opportunity to make an important contribution to questions in the field of computing science as well as in society at large.

Our research and collaborations focus mainly on the following four central themes:

Artificial Intelligence

Smart algorithms create order from chaos, as complex problems like route planning have become an intrinsic part of our daily lives. Navigation software can take traffic (both now and in the future), road repairs, accidents, weather conditions, etc. into account when optimal routes are calculated. By combining various sources, we have the chance to unravel underlying patterns. Thereby helping man and machine make better decisions to achieve their goals.

Interaction Technology

It is sometimes said, that the purpose of technology is to become so natural and integrated that users don’t realize they’re using it. But interaction goes futher: how can a computer perceive the world, and add something valuable. For example, to law enforcement it is interesting to explore the capabilities of computers detecting lies based on movements and posture. This way, informatics helps explore, experience, and change the world through novel means.
 

Software Systems

Informatics greatly affects technological and social possibilities and advancements. When technology fails, however, this can have major consequences. When a surgical robot deviates even a mere couple of milimeters from its target due to a software glitch, the patient is put at risk. By expanding and validating information technology, we can achieve a better and more effective implementation.

Virtual Worlds

Believable digital environments play an increasingly important role in entertainment, simulation, and education. The same technology used to make an Ork-army assault a castle can also be used to simulate and optimize the pedestrian flow at major (city-wide) events. Real-world problems are thus examined through a digital lens.