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New Structure

On the 31st May 2012, the Rector of Lodz University of Technology authorized that, with effect from 1st June 2012, the Department of Computer Engineering is to be redesignated the Institute of Applied Computer Science (with symbol I 24).

The justification for this redesignation was presented by prof. Sławomir Wiak, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering to the Senate of the Lodz University of Technology. The proposal was approved unanimously.

The Department of Computer Engineering was established in the Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1995, in order to promote study in Computer Science. The Departmental team, led by prof. Dominik Sankowski, then had 3 people and premises of about 200 m2. Since its formation, the Department has grown significantly. High scientific, educational and organizational activity has resulted in the rapid development of both human and scientific resources of the Department. Currently the Department employs 51 people, including three professors, four associate professors, three DScs, 28 doctors and 14 technical, administrative and support staff. To date, the Department has produced 24 doctors and four DScs. At present, four doctors in the Department have significantly advanced their DSc dissertations. In addition, 22 PhD students are currently preparing their doctoral dissertations under the supervision of departmental professors.

Premises occupied by the Department, during the seventeen years of its operation have increased more than tenfold, now occupying about 2000 m2. They include four general-purpose computer laboratories, two modern computer networks laboratories, an operating systems laboratory and a computer graphics laboratory. In addition the Institute contains specialized research laboratories, often unique by national and international standards, such as the process tomography laboratory, the robotics laboratory, the laboratory of parallel computing and the laboratory of intelligent computational techniques in electrical technologies.

As a result of research carried out in the Institute, during the last three years about 390 articles have been published, including 48 in journals listed in Thomson Reuters Master Journal List. The Institute has successfully completed numerous national and international research projects, including the DENIDIA project in collaboration with universities in the United Kingdom, France, Norway, China and the Ukraine. The Institute has been chair and co-organizer of many national and international seminars and conferences. Recently the Institute was entrusted with the organization of the 7th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography to be held 2013. This was a tribute to the achievements of the scientific team led by prof. Dominik Sankowski, and the progress made by a “Lodz school of process tomography”. Apart from process tomography, the Institute performs research and development over a broad spectrum of Computer Science applications.

Key research areas of the Institute include:

All these areas of research will continue in the future. The change in organizational form will allow more efficient use of available resources and infrastructure in order to further advance the work of research teams. The Institute will continue all current educational activities in the Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering. These include classes for students of Computer Science, and for specializations organized by the Institute like Software Engineering, Network Systems (undergraduate courses) and Networks Administration, Network and Distributed Systems Engineering, Interactive Computer Graphics (postgraduate courses). In addition, Institute staff will continue to deliver classes for students of Electronics and Telecommunications (IT Fundamentals and Programming in C), Mechatronics (Computer Networks) and also classes taught in English at the International Faculty of Engineering. Professors from the Institute are also engaged in lectures on Informatics for PhD studies in the Faculty. The average annual total number of teaching hours carried out by the Institute staff is about 10 thousand.

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