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The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is a world-class centre of expertise in algorithms, data analytics, data management, experimental data science, knowledge representation, and program verification. We engage in a broad spectrum of both fundamental and applied research. We host two research centres, Birkbeck Knowledge Lab and the newly established Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics.

We have been at the forefront of computer science research since one of the first electronic computers was developed by Dr Andrew Booth and his colleagues in the then "Computing Laboratory" at Birkbeck. The department was formally established in 1957 as the Department of Numerical Automation, one of the first computer science departments world-wide.