The Institute of Computer Science is one of the fastest growing and most international institutes at the University of Tartu. Due to international Master's and PhD programmes, a vast portion of our student body have come from abroad. Also a considerable amount of our research and teaching staff are top specialist with an international background - currently we can count employees of over 20 different nationalities.
One of the most internationally renowned computer scientists at our institute is Professor of Software Engineering Marlon Dumas, who is among the top 1% of most cited reseachers in the world. Also in spring 2016 computer science and information systems at University of Tartu were recognised for the first time in the QS World University Rankings - the only one from the Baltics in IT. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings Table for Computer Science the University of Tartu is placed 176–200, which makes it in the EU the leading university in computer science in the Eastern and Central Europe.
Guest lecture by Skype co-creator Jaan Tallinn, spring 2016.
Institute of Computer Science has operated under that name and as a separate institute since 1993. We have also been active in creating our own traditions like the Career Day, Institute Day, student project contest, but also we'd like to think of interesting guest lecturers from the industry as part of our study traditions.
Assistant in Informatics Didactics Tauno Palts presenting a coding workshop for highschool students.
In addition to our main activities in academic higher education we also consider it important to host various other educational activities such as practical IT workshops for school children, massive open online courses on the basics of coding and IT workshops for teachers as well.
As of January 2020 the Institute of Computer Science is located in the University of Tartu Delta Centre. Before that we were located in two separate building. Most of the lectures took place in J. Liivi 2, however, a large group of our research staff were located in Paabel (Ülikooli 17, across the street from the main hall).
Opening of ATI Paabel: we were visited by the Rector prof. Volli Kalm and the Director of Administration Andres Liinat. Pictured at the Internet of Things lab.