Welcome Message from the Head of Computer Science

I am pleased to welcome you to the School of Computer Science in University of Galway.

The vision of the School of Computer Science is to build a strong and sustainable learning environment with world-recognised research that informs high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching that is inclusive and relevant to the needs of our stakeholders and society in general. Our strategic plan identifies key actions to advance this vision.

 The School of Computer Science was initially established in 1991 as the Information Technology Discipline, and became a School in 2019, recognising its growth and significance. Our staff currently include 34 academic faculty, 6 support staff and over 50 research staff.

In Computer Science research and teaching, University of Galway holds a strong international reputation. In the Times Higher Education world university rankings by subject, Computer Science at University of Galway is ranked first/second in Ireland. The School of Computer Science is known for its research in theoretical and applied CS, and its high-quality and highly popular postgraduate taught programmes, complementing its strengths in undergraduate teaching.

Our academic faculty in the School of Computer Science have a excellent track record of research in thematic areas including artificial intelligence; machine learning; data science & linked data; XR, games and media, human-computer interaction; networking & smart infrastructure; cybersecurity & privacy, population health and healthcare; computing in society; and natural language processing.

The School includes members of the Data Science Institute (DSI) and the associated SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a world-leading data analytics research organisation. In addition, our academics to engage in collaborative research with other national research centres such LERO (the SFI Irish Software Research Centre), ADAPT (Ireland’s centre digital content technology) and Centres for Research Training funded by Science Foundation Ireland in topics including Artificial Intelligence (CRT-AI) and Virtual Reality (D-REAL CRT).

The School of Computer Science has a broad portfolio of popular and successful taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  We constantly develop and renew our programmes, anticipating and responding to new developments, and have launched new programmes every one of the past 6 years. Our research-led teaching includes on-campus and online programmes in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Visualisation, Cybersecurity, AI for Professionals, Software Development, and Cloud Computing.

I invite you to connect with us with any queries you may have.

Professor Michael Madden,

Head of School of Computer Science.