Founded in 1957, the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is one of the oldest computing departments world-wide. Having a long-established reputation in data management and computational intelligence, we have evolved into a world-leading centre in algorithms, data science, knowledge representation and verification.
We develop our research and impact strategies in the context of two overarching aims: to be a world-leading research centre with complementary expertise in both theoretical and applied computer science; driven by Birkbeck’s mission, to develop flexible opportunities in cutting-edge computer science for a diverse range of students, particularly working Londoners. The latter provides unique opportunities to engage, through students bringing real-world problems driven by their work environment, with a range of IT companies and other organisations.
Research Groups and Centres
Our research is focused into three research groups: Knowledge Representation and Data Management, Experimental Data Science and Algorithms, Verification and Software; and two research centres: Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics and Birkbeck Knowledge Lab.
Experimental Data Science
EDS develops novel methods and systems for the computational analysis of data. A core ingredient is the exploitation of metadata, observations and measurements from large-scale information systems to ground testable theory, conduct experimentation and enable practical application of research outcomes, leading to demonstrable economic and societal impacts.
Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics
BIDA was establised in 2015 to develop interdisciplinary research in Data Analytics and Data Science. It provides the focus, and a platform for research, that combines expertise in Computer Science with domain-specific requirements and knowledge arising from across all areas of research at Birkbeck, including the sciences, social sciences, economics, law, arts and humanities.
Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
BKL was launched in 2016, extending the legacy of the London Knowledge Lab (2001–2015), a joint initiative with the UCL Institute of Education. BKL’s research draws upon multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives from computer science, education, psychology, language, museum studies, cultural heritage, information systems and organisational psychology to investigate how digital technologies are transforming our learning, working and cultural lives.