Research in the School of IT

Established as the first computer science department in Australia, the School of Information Technologies is research intensive and has a strong tradition of research-led teaching. According to Microsoft Academic Search the University is among the four best Australian universities in the discipline of computer science, and in the recent QS discipline rankings, computer science and information systems at Sydney University was in the top 50 worldwide. In the 2010 and 2012 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) exercises, The University of Sydney was rated at "above world-class standard" in Information and Computing Sciences.

In 2012 the School is home to nine Australian Research Council (ARC) fellows including one ARC Professorial Fellow and three ARC Future Fellows, editor-in-chiefs of prestigious journals including IEEE Transactions on Computers, highly-cited authors, distinguished members of professional associations, and graduates of some of the leading universities including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Cambridge and ETH Zurich. The School has a vibrant and successful PhD program with more than one hundred students enrolled including forty percent from overseas. Five previous PhD graduates have won the national CORE thesis award for the best computer science dissertation in Australia and New Zealand.

The research activities of the school are diverse ranging across theory to applied technology. The research groups of the school are forums for academics and PhD/MPhil students to conduct research and exchange ideas. The school hosts a University Centre for Distributed and High Performance Computing that focuses on contemporary topics such as cloud computing infrastructures and green computing.

The School has close links with several research labs and industry partners through the National ICT Australia (NICTA), CSIRO ICT Centre, Smart Services CRC and Capital Markets CRC. We have been successfully collaborating in the past with companies including Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, and CISCO. SIT also has strong links with local Sydney hospitals through research programs in biomedical and health informatics.

The research interests of the School’s academic staff range from biomedical and information visualization, high performance computing, data management and mining, programming languages, algorithms and complexity theory, human computer interaction, networking, language technology, computational linguistics, information systems, and bioinformatics.