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Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS)

LIACS & Education

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the computer science institute of Leiden University, established in 1996. It has a strong and vibrant research program in computer science with a good balance of core computer science and applications. Its strong research programs makes LIACS an attractive place to educate in computer science. LIACS is responsible for education in computer science at Leiden University – it takes care of the Bachelor Program Informatica (BSc) and the three Master Programs (MSc): Computer ScienceICT in Business, and Mediatechnology.


Our mission is to improve the state of the art in informatics methods, techniques and systems, and to guide new research areas which are of clear importance to society. LIACS research programmes include data mining, natural computing, software composition and correctness, software modeling, embedded systems and software, parallel and distributed computing, and media research and technology including imaging. Research is organized in 5 research clusters: algorithms, foundations of software technology, computer systems, imagery & media and technology innovation management.

LIACS' research thrives on fundamental computer science questions and computer science needs in society as in public health care, life science and astronomic research, logistics, electronics, construction and engineering. Application areas include bioinformatics, robotics, intelligent sensors, cloud computing and distributed information technlogy systems, multimedia and human-computer interaction.


LIACS collaborates with several national and international institutes as well as companies, and has formal affiliations with the national research schools Advanced School for Computing and Imaging (ASCI) and the Institute for Programming Research and Algorithmics (IPA).