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The Department of Computer Science (DI) of University of Salerno is a key player in the regional, national and international landscape. It has a prestigious tradition both in teaching and research, being one of the first departments established in Italy to offer a degree in Computer Science (since 1971). Approximately 50 professors and researchers work at the Department. They all contribute to a certified didactic offer and a respected scientific production. The research output of the Department of Computer Science has been evaluated by the independent agency ANVUR as the best in Italy in the period 2004-2010. It was ranked second for the 2011-2014 term.
The Department is one of the “Departments of Excellence” selected on the Italian territory that is receiving funding from MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research), based on law 232 of 2016 (budget law 2017). The competitive selection process carried out by MIUR was meant to reward the Departments of the state universities that are characterized by excellence in their quality of research and projects. The Department was the only computer science department in the South of Italy, and one out of three all over Italy (Roma Sapienza and Verona). This important result has been achieved by the Department of Computer Science thanks to the high quality research outcomes gained over the past years and thanks to a comprehensive and harmonic development project, which will combine existing research excellences in computer science with salient features of Industry 4.0 to foster educational, research and technological growth, with the direct involvement of local SMEs as well as big ICT companies. The ambitious project has received considerable funds from MIUR over years 2018-2022, which were invested in human capital, infrastructure and higher education as part if the global development strategy.
The Department of Computer Science currently offers:
- a Bachelor degree in Computer Science (1st cycle, 3 years, 180 ECTSs).
- a Master of Science degree in Computer Science (2nd cycle, 2 years, 120 ECTSs), with 5 specializations (Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Internet of Things, Information Systems and Software Technologies).
- a PhD program in Informatics.
The quality of the offer is certified by GRIN and AICA. The education standards comply with the regulations and directives suggested by the best international associations (ACM and IEEE). The satisfaction of our students is quite high, as proven by the surveys made by Italian consortium Almalaurea for Bachelor and Master of Science degree. Several opportunities expect the students of the Department: job meetings, traineeships, international mobility, and more. The students have several resources at their disposal:
- didactic and specialized laboratories
- an e-learning platform, for news, notes and interactions between students and professors
- traditional and innovative teaching methods, to guarantee an engaging learning experience and obtain a more efficient acquisition of skills and competences.
The Bachelor degree in Computer Science aims at the formation of professionals with a solid background in the informatics disciplines, augmented by several curricular activities. Our graduated students have a preparation that allows them to enter the job market with relative ease. Alternatively, they can continue their studies by choosing one out of four curricula of our Master of Science degree.
Our department is internationally regarded for its multiform research activity. The interests of the DI cover many topics, including but not limited to: Cybersecurity, Biometric Systems, Computer Music, Computer Networks, Data Mining, Human Computer Interaction, Mobile Systems, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, and Virtual/Augmented Reality, Coding Theory. Several collaborations are ongoing between the DI and other universities and companies, nationally and internationally.