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Computer Systems Institute (SYS)


Computer systems (“systems”) encompass all areas of computer science directly related to (or having an impact on) the design, architecture, development, deployment, and operation of software and hardware systems. Topics of interest include, e.g., operating systems, networking, distributed systems, security and privacy, real-time systems, cloud computing, data management, programming languages, middleware, ubiquitous computing, embedded systems, computer architecture, and a wide range of applications. Historically, these areas have existed independently, but the increased complexity of computing artifacts increasingly requires collaborative efforts from multiple points of view to address relevant problems.

The primary goal of the Computer Systems Institute (SYS) is to develop and promote world-class research and teaching in the area of systems. Institute members have a strong presence in the community (e.g., steering and program committees of prestigious conferences, editorial boards, and collaborations with major companies) and actively participate in major national and international research efforts (e.g., SNSF, InnoSuisse, EU, industry-sponsored initiatives). The institute also plays a major role in the Bachelor and Master educational programs (e.g., teaching roughly 30% of the core courses in the Bachelor curriculum of the Faculty of Informatics, and offering two interdisciplinary Master programs in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics).

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