Institutes of the Computer Sciences

Below you'll find an overview of the institutes at our department and their respective topics. To get more detailed information on research projects and lectures offered there, check out the websites of the institutes. And if you're interested in more short introductions you could have a look here.


Databases and Information Systems (DBIS)

Website | O27 Level 5

The Institute for Databases and Information Systems sees (business) processes as a link between people and technology. Therefore, the core topics are (business) process management, mobile service and data science, with a special focus on all aspects of flexibility of process-aware information systems along their lifecyle (design, configuration, enactment, and analysis/optimization).

Theoretical Computer Science (Theo)

Website | O27 Level 5

Randomised algorithms, cryptology, logic, complexity theory, proofs, quantum computing, bioinformatics, data compression, algorithmic geometry are the research areas of the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science.

Artificial Intelligence (KI)

Website | O27 Level 4

Research areas of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence are planning and decision-making, knowledge representation, automatic inference, cognitive systems and semantic technologies.

Neural Information Processing (NI)

Website | O27 Level 4

The Institute of Neural Information Processing is concerned with the interpretation and understanding of neuroscientific data, the understanding of the function of the brain with regard to principles of information processing, the technical implementation of these information processing principles in artificial neural networks as well as the integration of artificial neural networks into modern hardware and software systems.

Media Informatics (MI)

Website | O27 Level 3

The Institute for Media Informatics is focused on three main research areas. One research focus is the exploration of new interaction concepts for current and future ICT systems, especially in the environment of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Another is human-computer interaction (HCI). Novel interaction technologies, applications and services that support the interaction between mobile devices and everyday interfaces are being researched. The third research focus is on the visualisation of complex, primarily medical data.

Software Engineering and Programming Languages (SP)

Website |  O27 Level 4

In software development there is a central problem: a software should be as cheap as possible, quickly finished but still of high quality. In practice, however, these requirements usually represent a contradiction. Therefore, the Institute of Software Engineering and Programming Languages conducts research on software configuration, evolution, and quality assurance, but also on developer experience and different types of programming languages.

Embedded Systems/Real-Time Systems (ES)

Website | O27 Level 3

At the Institute for Embedded Systems/Real-Time Systems, scientists and engineers are working on new design methods for distributed, embedded real-time systems. An embedded system is a computer that controls and monitors a technical system, such as VW engine control units. The focus of the institute is the development process of such systems.

Applied Knowledge Processing (FAW/n)

Website | FAW/n, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 9

This external institute primarily deals with globalization. "How can one find one's way in a globalized world?" and "How can resources be distributed in a sensible way?" are possible research questions.

Distributed Systems (VS)

Website | O27 Level 3

Topics of the Distributed Systems Institute are scalability, reliability, security and privacy, self-organization and manageability of complexity in distributed systems in a variety of use cases such as cloud computing or vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

Research Group "Dialogue Systems"

Website | 43.2 (Uni West)

The research group "Dialogue Systems" at the Institute of Communications Engineering is not directly part of the Department of Computer Science, but it researches, develops and teaches in the area of human-computer speech dialogue systems, semantic analysis of natural language as well as statistical modelling techniques and thus also has an interesting offer for computer scientists, e.g. the courses Dialogue Systems, Dialogue Systems Project and User Interfaces ("Benutzerschnittstellen").