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Institute of Computer Science

Driving Digital Innovation

The InIT Institute of Computer Science collaborates with you to research and develop innovative IT and digitalisation solutions based on the latest research findings in computer science, data science and cyber security.

Research Groups and Topics

Our five research groups offer their expertise for joint projects with business and university partners in the following research topics:

Distributed Systems

Cloud Computing
Automated provisioning of virtual IT resources (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)

Cyber-physical Systems
Linking real systems with virtual cloud-based systems

Human-Centered Computing

Immersive Technologies
Virtual/Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, eHealth
Spoken Language Technologies, UX-Design Mobile Applications and Services

ICT-Accessibility
Accessible PDFs, Accessible Mobility, Accessible Education Services

Information Security

Security by Design
Development of secure software, systems and networks, threat modeling, resilient architectures, IT security risk management

Cyber Defense
Security assessments, automation of penetration testing, evaluation of threat intelligence data, secure operation of software, systems and networks

Intelligent Information Systems

Big Data and Nano Data
Information Retrieval, Query Optimisation, Quantum Machine Learning

Data Understanding
Natural language interfaces for databases
Question answering via knowledge graphs, stream analytics

Software Engineering

Automated software development
Automatic software generation, low-code/no-code tools, model-driven development methods

Automation of the software development life cycle
Automation of continuous integration and continuous deployment activities
Virtual collaboration tools, traceability engineering, test automation

News from our Institute

Our Activities

We carry out numerous Innosuisse projects with business partners, EU and other third-party funded projects with national and international university and business partners.

We regularly publish our latest research and project results at national and international conferences and in recognized publication media.

Every year, we conduct over 100 MSc and BSc student projects on current topics and trends in computer science, data science and cyber security, mainly in collaboration with business partners.

Specific Information

The InIT is your reliable partner for collaboration in research and development. This takes place, for example, as part of funded or directly financed projects or as student projects at Bachelor's or Master's level.

As a lecturer, you will teach in our Bachelor's degree programs in Computer Science, Data Science and Medical Informatics, as well as in computer science modules in other degree programs and in the MSE Master's degree program. You will also dedicate yourself to your research in one of our research groups or teach in our continuing education programs.

Our Open Positions

The InIT offers various research positions for PhDs and PostDocs as well as for research assistants and associates. You will work on current research topics as part of our research and development projects together with industry and research partners and present your results at national and international conferences.

Our Open Positions

The InIT offers numerous study places for the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in the Computer Science, Data Science and Information and Cyber Security profiles. You will spend 2/3 of your time working on your specialization projects at InIT. You will work close to research in the environment of our research projects. The MSE study is also possible on a part-time basis, e.g. 50% study and 50% work as a research assistant.

The InIT offers Bachelor students in Computer Science, Data Science and Medical Informatics exciting student projects in various areas of computer science. Do you have a high school certificate (gymnasiale Matura) or a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmatura) with a non-technical focus and would like to study at the ZHAW? Then the two pre-study internship programs Youth2Engineer und PiBS offer you the ideal introduction.

The InIT offers you various continuing education opportunities as part of a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS): MAS, DAS and CAS in Computer Science; MAS, DAS and CAS in Data Science; CAS in Applied IT Security.

InIT in Numbers

  • 2005: InIT is founded as the Institute of Applied Information Technology and develops into one of the largest institutes at the ZHAW.
  • 2024: InIT now stands for Institute of Computer Science.
  • InIT carries out approx. 10 major projects per year (Innosuisse, SNF, EU, DIZH, directly funded).
  • 90+ employees: Lecturers, PostDocs, PhDs, research assistants, scientific assistants
  • The InIT conducts 100 - 150 MSc and BSc student projects in Computer Science, Data Science and Cyber Security every year.