Computer science is traditionally understood as the science of transmitting, storing, and automated processing of data. In line with this definition, principles behind the construction and programming of computers make up the majority of research at the Institute of Computer Science. However, the evolution of computer science is largely determined by the requirements based on real-world applications and is also reflected in a scientifically diverse research profile.
The wide range of research conducted at the Institute is made possible through the integration of a number of non-university partners, in particular the Zuse Institute Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics. Partners from other universities and independent research institutions are involved in projects that are funded by the European Union and the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research.