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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 Computer Science Department of the University of Salerno (DI) is the only Computer Science department in the Centre-South that has obtained recognition from the Ministry of University and Research as a department of excellence for the five-year period 2023-2027. This recognition was shared with only one other IT department in Italy.
The result adds to the gratifying acknowledgments obtained by the DI in recent years: in the national rankings for the quality of research achievements, the Departments was ranked first in the VQR 2004-2010 and second in the VQR 2011-2014, reaching a Standardized Indicator in the VQR 2015-2019 of Departmental Performance of 100/100 and the selection as Department of Excellence for the five-year period 2018-2022 and for the five-year period 2023-2028.
The new project of the DI as Department of Excellence starts from the consolidation of the results achieved in the previous five years and aims to study methods and tools for advanced and adaptive IoT solutions, in the context of intelligent ecosystems centered on the person, capable of making the best use of resources, in order to ensure sustainability and inclusion and improve well-being and quality of life. To this end, the DI will develop in particular the research fields related to Cloud and Compute Continuum, Data Science and AI, Cybersecurity and Software Engineering, as well as that of Theoretical Computer Science, as pillars for the study of methods and tools for advanced IoT solutions, in the context of Smart & Connected Communities and Industry 5.0 (evolution of Industry 4.0).
The project aims to strengthen and consolidate the position of the DI in the national and international academic scene as a point of reference for research, teaching and the third mission in the field of enabling technologies for Smart & Connected Communities and Industry 5.0. This will also favor the impact on the quality of teaching in the three-year, master's and research doctorate courses, allowing students to come into contact with the results of the most advanced research in the ICT sector, with better qualification of professionalism and effects in the working context.
The department will use the funding gained as a Department of Excellence,
- to strengthen the research staff,
- to create a Technological Innovation Center,
- to improve the level of internationalization by encouraging mobility to and from qualified research centres· for the provision of scholarships and
- for the provision of scholarships to motivated and deserving students enrolled in a master's degree to follow a path of excellence that includes various in-depth activities, internships with companies, workshops, summer schools, interdisciplinary laboratories, entrepreneurial training periods abroad.
The Technological Innovation Center for Smart & Connected Communities will play a key role in enhancing the role of the DI in the third mission and as a point of reference for the territory (SMEs, large companies, schools, Public Administrations, innovative startups, etc.). The Center will host the Extended Reality Control Room, a collaborative and immersive environment, based on the Extended Reality paradigm, capable of allowing the experimentation of innovative forms of management and training associated with all the identified research guidelines. The ER Control Room will make it possible to highlight the management complexity of articulated scenarios and can be used for smart city management, urban planning, disaster management, transportation management, health services, data visualization, virtual polygon (cyber-range).
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.