Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA)

The Department of Computer and Information Science is one of the largest departments in northern Europe in its field. Research activity at IDA covers artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, software and computer systems, and data science. IDA conducts administrative services for research, doctoral studies and education.

The department is a dynamic and growing environment for research and education with around 300 employees. The activity covers a wide range of areas, from core computer science to applications of science. It is oriented towards both the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The research activity at IDA is mainly performed within four major areas, each divided into a number of subareas:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) with the subareas of autonomous systems and robotics, knowledge representation and reasoning, ontologies and semantic web, automated planning, applied machine learning, multi-agent systems, natural language processing, and theoretical foundations of AI.
  • Cognition, interaction and design with the subareas of cognitive science, cognitive systems engineering, interaction design, service design, public safety and security, decision support, human factors, and social robotics.
  • Software and computer systems with the subareas of software engineering, embedded and cyberphysical systems, real-time systems, cyber security and resilient systems, networks and distributed systems, multimedia systems, formal methods, compilers and programming language, and parallel and high performance computing.
  • Data science with the subareas of machine learning methodology, statistics, database technology, and data analytics.

The broad research base of the department directly enriches the undergraduate and graduate education. The department gives courses within most engineering programmes, several Master programmes, as well as the programmes for innovative programming, cognitive science and statistics.

IDA also offers doctoral education in computer science, design, cognitive science and statistics. Currently, around 90 postgraduate students are active in the department’s PhD programmes.

The department was founded in 1983, but its roots can be traced to the early seventies. It is organised in six divisions.


8 December 2023

Public defence of doctoral thesis in Computer Science: Johan Källström

1.15 pm – 4.15 pm Ada Lovelace, Building B, Entrance 27, Campus Valla

Johan Källström at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), defends his thesis entitled "Reinforcement Learning for Improved Utility of Simulation-Based Training". Main supervisor: Fredrik Heintz, professor, IDA . Opponent: Julian Togelius, Professor, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, USA. Chair of the event: Arne Jönsson, Professor, IDA. The event is public and held in English. 


News at IDA

Henrik Eriksson on stage

IDA40 Anniversary Conference 2023

The Dept of Computer and Information Science (IDA) at LiU celebrated its 40th anniversary with a 2-day conference in the Stockholm archipelago. On the program: international and national speakers on AI and www, and presentations of activities at IDA.

Portrait of two persons.

Two new Wallenberg Academy Fellows at LiU

Researchers Olaf Hartig and Alexander Gillett have been appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellows at LiU. The five-year grants are intended to make it possible for young researchers to make important scientific breakthroughs.

Photo of a person standing on a stage in front of an audience.

LiU Game Awards 2023: finalists announced

The Linköping Game Week festival is set to begin soon, and the winner of this year's LiU Game Awards competition will be announced on November 22nd. Today, the ten finalists were revealed!

Research activities

Other large industrial collaborations and national strategic research areas 

More projects at IDA


AI written on blue background.

AI literacy in Swedish Teacher Education

This project focuses on AI literacy in Swedish teacher education, mainly what AI literacy in Swedish teacher education means in terms of knowledge and competences needed for schoolteachers future working lives.

fMRI tumour

Bayesian fMRI tumour

In this CENIIT project, Bayesian methods for fMRI informed brain tumour treatment planning, the goal is to improve treatment of brain tumours, by including images of brain activity in Elektas software for tumour treatment planning.

Doctoral studies in computer and information science

Doctoral Studies in Computer and Information Science

Doctoral studies at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA) are organised to cross traditional subject boundaries, and is common to the whole department.

What is it like to be a PhD student at IDA?

More information on subject areas

Educational programmes involving IDA


The robotdog Spot hands over a first aid kit to a kneeling man

Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Computer Systems (AIICS)

The AIICS division is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. The main focus of interest for the division is research and teaching in artificial intelligence, its theoretical foundations and its applications.


Database and Information Techniques (ADIT)

The Division of Database and Information Techniques is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. The division consists of several research groups, each of which has its own research profile.

A woman is walking in a corridor together with a service robot

Human-Centered Systems (HCS)

The Division for Human-Centered Systems is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. Research and teaching are conducted in the areas of human-centered computing, cognitive science, and information systems.

A person sits in front of a computer screen and handles a floor robot

Software and Systems (SAS)

The SAS division is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. The division conducts research and education in software engineering and computer systems,  covering both basic research and projects in cooperation with industry.

A pair of hands holding a dice.

The Division of Statistics and Machine Learning (STIMA)

The STIMA division is part of the Department of Computer and Information Science. The research and teaching activities are focused on modern data analysis and the division hosts the international master's programme in Statistics and Machine Learning.

A woman in the student office is holding up a document

Administrative Services (VS)

The Division of Administrative Services at the Department of Computer and Information Science provides support to the department's core business, management and employees.

Contact us

Student Office at IDA


Visiting address: Room 3F:477B, Building E, Entrance 27/29, Floor 3, Campus Valla

Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.15 and 13.00. 

Registrar at IDA


Doctoral education at IDA

Contact: Anne Moe, Coordinator


Phone: +46 13 28 14 60




Postal Address

Linköping University
Department of Computer and Information Science
581 83 Linköping

Visiting Address

Building B, entrance 25 - 29
Building E, entrance 27C - 29C
Mäster Mattias väg, Campus Valla

More AI initiatives

Job vacancies at IDA

Image of Building E, Campus Valla.
Department of Computer and Information Science Fotograf Jonas Järmen