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 subareasof 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.

News at IDA

AI-generated image with a robot attempting to write the word security.

02 februari 2024

How can AI be made secure and used to create safety?

Recently, a full-day seminar on AI and Security was held at Linköping University. The seminar was organized by SWECA in collaboration with Linköping University, the County Administrative Board of Östergötland, and The Swedish Police Authority.

Researchers interact with a reading robot.

02 februari 2024

Studying whether a robot can awaken children’s interest in reading

Researchers at Linköping University are studying whether a reading robot can increase fourth graders’ interest in reading. The interdisciplinary project brings together researchers in technology, cognition and pedagogy.

The cockpit of a Gripen E flight simulator

15 december 2023

New PhD Thesis in Computer Science

On the 8th December, Johan Källström at the Department of Computer and Information Science defended his thesis about reinforcement learning, a machine learning method, and its utility for simulation-based pilot training.


Other large industrial collaborations and national strategic research areas 

More projects at IDA and centra/laboratories for collaboration 

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.

Forskning inom respons- och räddningssystem

Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response (CARER)

A collaboration between LiU and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency which aims to consolidate and strengthen LiU's research in risk, response and rescue area.

Doctoral studies

Doctoral Studies at the Department of 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?

Subject areas

Educational programmes involving IDA


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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.

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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.

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

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