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

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19 June 2024

Best poster award for knowledge graph technology

Olaf Hartig at the Department of Computer and Information Science has won the Best Poster Award at the ESWC 2024 conference, which is one of the two top conferences on knowledge graphs and semantic web technologies.

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14 June 2024

Best paper award in automated planning

David Speck and Daniel Gnad at the Department of Computer and Information Science have won the Best Paper Award at the Conference ICAPS 2024, one of the most important conferences for automated planning, a topic in artificial intelligence.

13 June 2024

WASP extended with a new initiative: AI for Science

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grants SEK 70 million to WASP for a new initiative that promotes the uptake of AI based methodologies in academic research in Sweden.


Other large industrial collaborations and national strategic research areas 

More projects at IDA and centra/laboratories for collaboration 

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Graduate School in Computer Science, CUGS

The scientific scope of the graduate school CUGS at the Department of Computer and Information Science at Linköping University includes central parts of core computer science and computer engineering.

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EJEA Conference 2024

The EJEA conference 2024 will be in Linköping, Sweden November 5-7, 2024 with the title:"Future Knowledge and Competence for AI-driven Innovation in Europe and Japan".

Professional Self-efficacy, Emotional challenges and Moral stress in Teacher and Medical Education

Schools and healthcare are complex that place high cognitive and emotional demands on professionals. The project investigates how students develop professional self-efficacy during their education to become teachers and doctors.

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

Graduate schools

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 division's main focus is research and teaching in artificial intelligence, its theoretical foundations and its applications.


Database and Information Techniques (ADIT)

The division 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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