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About the department

Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, use, applications and implications of information technology.

It goes beyond technical design, to focus on the relationship between information system design and use in real-world settings. These investigations lead to new forms of system architecture, new approaches to system design and development, new means of information system implementation and deployment as well as new models of interaction between technology and social, cultural and organizational settings.

The Department of Informatics is one of three departments in the Bren School and is internationally recognized as a unique group of faculty, visiting researchers, students and educational programs.

Informatics faculty conduct research in numerous aspects of Informatics including:

» software engineering » information retrieval and management
» computer-supported collaborative work » programming languages
» human-computer interaction » computational-social relationships
» ubiquitous computing » security & privacy

This research is performed in an open and interdisciplinary culture; faculty and students frequently are part of multiple research groups, continuously foster new collaborations and are at the forefront of addressing core issues in Informatics.

Departmental faculty are closely affiliated with the multi-university, multi-disciplinary Institute for Software Research (ISR), as well as other research groups and centers on and off the campus (CRITO, ABRC, ACE, Cal(IT)2).

These affiliations enable close collaborations, not only with an extensive network of researchers outside of the department, but also with governmental and industrial partners.

Additionally, the department houses three leading research groups/laboratories:

The Interactive and Collaborative Technologies group (formerly CORPS: Computers, Organizations, Policy and Society) is widely known for its in-depth studies and system development concerning the use of computer and information technologies in real-life situations, including their organizational and societal impact.

The Software group, with six faculty and more than 20 graduate students, represents one of the world's leading groups of experts in designing innovative approaches for consistently building software cheaper, faster and more reliably.

LUCI, the new Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, addresses problems that arise from the ubiquitous computing vision; the design of novel devices, the structures of software systems, techniques for designing and building systems, patterns of interaction and cultural implications of ubiquitous computing.