Informatics Research Centre
The Informatics Research Centre (IRC) encompasses six research groups active in the areas of artificial intelligence, cognitive/interactive systems, distributed real-time systems, information systems, software systems and media, technology and culture. Synergy effects are achieved by integrating these research efforts in one research center.
What is informatics?
For us informatics is the science that addresses how information is represented, processed and communicated in artificial and natural systems, and how such systems are developed in order to achieve usable and effective applications and solutions.
The following perspectives are addressed in our research:
- computational aspects: fundamental theory and methodology for how information is processed, represented and communicated in computer systems
- cognitive aspects: how information is processed, represented and communicated in natural systems, and how humans interact with different types of information technology
- socio-technical aspects: how IT systems are used and developed IT systems are used and developed to ensure usability for individuals, organizations, or society
The integration of these aspects is essential for achieving usable and effective applications and systems.
In an external evaluation (ARC13), carried out by five internal experts during the autumn of 2013, the quality of our research was judged to be "excellent".
Who we are
The six research groups participating in the research centre are:
- Distributed Real-time Systems
- Information Systems
- Interaction Lab
- Media, Technology and Culture
- Software Systems
- Skövde Artificial Intelligence Lab
We have since the early 1990s followed an integrated approach to research and education in informatics that combines and integrates the various aspects of the interdisciplinary field of informatics. One of the results is a high degree of collaboration and co-authorship between the involved research groups.