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Welcome to the Institute of Informatics

Computer Sciences at LMU Munich

Munich offers excellent prerequisites as a media-, research- and technology center for study and research. Central significance can be attributed to Ludwig-Maximilian University, being one of the largest universities in Germany. It was founded in 1472.

Computer Science as a Cross-sectional discipline in Teaching and Research

Key Competency Computer Science

Computer Science is a key competency at LMU and an integral part of almost all sciences at LMU. The subject area of computer science educates students of almost all faculties in the basics of information technology. In addition to this a number of successful subject areas have established themselves as interfaces between computer science and other scientific areas such as, for example, mediainformatics, bioinfomatics, computer linguistics, etc. The training for teaching computer science also profits from the broad spectrum of natural sciences and arts offered.

The broad spectrum offered by LMU encourages students to think „beyond the obvious“. This is especially the case for female students. The percentage of female students of computer science at LMU is among the highest in Germany.

Networking of Research

Through its networked structure with numerous partners in humanistic-, law-, social- and natural sciences, LMU Computer Sciences has an own attractive profile. The co-operations are supported by mutual third party projects. The networking idea is an essential part of the self-image of the institute.

Computer Science at LMU holds second place in Germany behind Saarbrücken in respect to the number of publications per professor, one of the most important metrics for research performance of a faculty. As far as the number of citations, a further important metric, is concerned Computer Science at LMU holds 4th place out of 50, and thus has the top position in Bavaria by a large margin. This was verified by the current independent ranking of all computer science faculties in Germany by the Society of Computer Science (Informatik-Spektrum24(4)).

The Institute of Informatics within the Economic Environment

LMU Computer Science together with its students, contributes towards the future of Munich as an IT center. It can be seen that there will be a medium-range shortage of qualified IT personnel on the market, in spite of the momentary economic dip.

For numerous companies in Bavaria professors, employees and students of the Institute are competent cooperation partners. LMU Computer Science provides the only research group in Bavaria with a close connection to the world elite. Cooperation partners such as Siemens, BMW, Softlab, Munich Airport, Allianz and the German Center for Avionics and Space Exploration (DLR) profit from the knowhow of LMU Computer Science.

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