Global Excellence and Local Relevance in research, teaching, and technology development is the vision of the Department. The Department was started as the Computer Centre in 1973 with the acquisition of an IBM 370, perhaps the most powerful computer in India at that time. It offered M.Tech, M.S and PhD degree programmes. In 1983, the B.Tech degree programme was started.
Today the Department has a vibrant student body numbering about 400. Over 60% are postgraduate students, mostly supported by scholarships. The Department also offers several attractive industry-sponsored Fellowships for outstanding PhD scholars and liberally supports participation in top-ranking international conferences. Over 50 full-time engineers work on R&D projects enriching the academic environment.
Reflecting the vision of the Department, the faculty are engaged in R&D in several areas in the following laboratories:

Artificial Intelligence and Databases:

Research Areas: Knowledge management with case based reasoning, Planning and constraint satisfaction, Machine learning, Semantic interoperability using ontologies, XML data handling storage indexing and query languages, Online and Exact algorithms.

Faculty Associated: Deepak Khemani, P. Sreenivasa Kumar, N. S. Narayanaswamy, B. Ravindran, Sutanu Chakraborti


DONlab: Indic Computing and Communication Systems:
Advanced network management and planning, Multimodal interfaces to the computer, Speech synthesis and recognition, speaker recognition, speech recognition for Indian languages, spoken language identification, DSP virtual machine, Network planning and security, wireless and optical networks, sensor networks, traffic modeling.

Faculty Associated: T. A. Gonsalves, Hema A. Murthy, Krishna Sivalingam, Gaurav Raina

Distributed Object Systems:

Distributed Systems a Cluster Computing, Concurrency Control, Parallel Programming; Object-Oriented Systems & Component Customization, Role Modeling, Cost Estimation; Software Engineering & Pattern oriented Software design, Refactoring design.

Faculty Associated: D. Janaki Ram

High Performance Computing and Networking:

Research Areas: Wireless Networks protocols for hybrid wireless networks, Ad-hoc wireless networks, Wireless sensor networks; WDM Optical Networks Routing and wavelength assignment, traffic grooming, survivable multicast.

Faculty Associated: C. Siva Ram Murthy


Network Systems:

Research Areas: Understanding ultra-high speed computing, Developing universal learning space, Establishing an integrated computing environment, Studies in information technology management, Understanding the interaction between society, IT development, law, enforcement, disputes settlement, electronic forensics and judiciary.

Faculty Associated:S. V. Raghavan

  Reconfigurable and Intelligent Systems Engineering:

Research Areas:VLSI Design and testing of reconfigurable architectures, Fault tolerant architectures, modern FPGA architectures, Design and verification of VLSI systems; Intelligent Systems a Reinforcement Learning, Data Mining, Text and Web Mining, Autonomous Agents.

Faculty Associated: V. Kamakoti, B. Ravindran, Shankar Balachandran, Madhu Mutyam

Speech and Vision:

Research Areas: Speech Signal processing, Speaker verification, recognition and segmentation, Speech enhancement, Spoken language identification; Content-based information retrieval, Applications of artificial neural networks, kernel methods, and support vector machines; Multi-camera vision systems, Surveillance under occlusion.

Faculty Associated: C. Chandra Sekhar, Anurag Mittal


System Development:
Research Areas: Interfaces for the differently-abled, multi-lingual interfaces, Technology and Society.

Faculty Associated: R. Kalyana Krishnan

Theoretical Computer Science:
Research Areas: Unconventional models of computing, Optimal secure multiparty computations and communications, basic research in all aspects of algorithms, automata theory, graph theory, cryptography, randomized computations, computational biology and computational geometry.

Faculty Associated: Kamala Krithivasan, C. Pandu Rangan, Shailesh Vaya

Visualization and Perception:
Research Areas: Multi-modal biometry using face, fingerprint and video, Texture analysis and classification, Shape from texture, Digital video analysis, Modeling of soft objects, Event analysis, Aerial image exploitation, Shape representation, Super-resolution mosaic.

Faculty Associated: Sukhendu Das