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.

The department is a dynamic and growing environment for research and education with more than 200 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, more than 80 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.

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4 October 2022

Public defence of doctoral thesis in statistics: Caroline Svahn

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

6 October 2022

Public defence of doctoral thesis in computer science: Azeem Ahmad

1.15 pm – 4.15 pm Ada Lovelace, Building B, Entrance 27, Campus Valla; and via Zoom

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Student Office at IDA


Visiting address: Room G489, Building E, Entrance 27/29, Floor 2, Campus Valla

Opening hours starting March 1st, 2022: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12.15 and 13.00. 

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Doctoral education at IDA

Contact: Anne Moe, Coordinator


Phone: +46 13 28 14 60

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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