Traditionally, computer science is considered as the science of the automatic processing, saving and transmission of data. Up to today, the principles of construction and programming of processors make up the core of computer science. A further development of the science is, however, strongly determined by the requirements of the applications. This development is reflected in the focus of the Institute of Computer Science.
The first years of study of our computer science degrees at the Freie Universität consequently teach basic principles and knowledge of long-term usability. Later courses and PhD degrees bear more relation to the application-oriented projects of the institute's work groups, which cooperate with external partners from industry and academia, e.g. Bio-Informatics or Dahlem Center for Intelligent Systems.