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The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the long-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2007. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.

The Department brings together research and teaching expertise related to our major research activities in Information Management and Web Technologies, Computational Intelligence and Information Systems.

Our world-class research activity informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations. We offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees and skills-based courses.


School Open Evening
The School of Business, Economics and Informatics Open Evening on Wednesday 15 April 2015, is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the courses we offer and to meet our academic staff in a relaxed, informal environment.

The London Knowledge Lab played host to the 2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture at Birkbeck on 4th February, delivered by Professor Dame Wendy Hall of Southampton University. Professor Hall gave one of the three LKL inaugural talks in 2004, with Prof Seymour Papert and Prof Diana Laurillard, and we were delighted to welcome her back to learn about her recent work in Web Science. The importance of web science.

We welcome the results of the REF 2014 in which almost all of the Department's research activity was judged as being of international significance (21% world-leading, 47% internationally excellent, 20% internationally recognised). For research outputs specifically, 32% were judged as being world-leading, 45% as internationally excellent and 16% as internationally recognised, placing us in the top 25% of Computer Science departments in the U.K.

Birkbeck Open Evenings.
Our next Open Evening is on Wednesday 4 February 2015 in central London.

The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) Award Committee 2014 10-year Highest Impact Paper Award has been awarded to Steve Maybank and four co-authors for their paper Supervised Tensor Learning. more details...

The inaugural "Bloomsbury Hack Day" on July 16th saw children from three schools participate in a programme of lab-based activities designed and guided by three top London universities located in Bloomsbury. more details...
Bloomsbury Hack Day video

Alex Poulovassilis and George Magoulas are participating in a new EU project, LIBE: Supporting Lifelong Learning with Inquiry-Based Education with other partners in Italy, Norway, Netherlands and Portugal. The project is developing a Virtual Learning Environment to support personalised development of literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills through an inquiry-based approach to learning.


Our Courses

To find out more about our taught courses and research come to the next Birkbeck Open Evening or contact the Department directly.

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