Welcome to CDS

iisc_apcDepartment of Computational and Data Sciences (CDS) is a new interdisciplinary engineering department covering research areas of computational science and engineering, and computer systems. The CDS was formed from the academic wing of Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC). Computational science deals with computational methods and their application to scientific domains, while Computer Systems explores the design, implementation and evaluation of high performance and scalable computer hardware and software systems. The department faculty also works in the advanced areas of data science and engineering. Ph.D. and M.Tech. by research, and M.Tech. by coursework degree programs are offered at CDS.

For more information about the research activities of the department, please refer to faculty webpages.


The department (CDS) offers two degree programs through research, Ph.D. and M.Tech. (Research). Research activities at CDS is broadly categorized into two streams: Computational Science and Computer Systems. Research labs are placed in one of these two streams. Data science and engineering research also span these stream.

Computational Science Stream: This deals with computational methods and their application to scientific domains. Research in this area include Bio-molecular Computation, Computational Electrodynamics, Computational Photonics, Medical Imaging, Numerical Math & Scientific Computing, Scientific Computation, Structural Biology and Bio-Computing. These typically require skills at the intersection of applied mathematics, application-specific knowledge and effective use of computing platforms.

Computer Systems Stream: This deals with the design, implementation and evaluation of high performance and scalable computer hardware and software systems. Prominent research topics in the Computer Systems stream include: Big Data platforms & applications, Computer Aided Design, Computer Architecture, Database Systems, Distributed Systems & Cloud Computing, High Performance Computing, Image & Video Analytics, Information Systems & Security, Machine learning, Middleware & Runtime Systems, and Visualization & Graphics.

More details about research programs can be seen here.

The M.Tech. (Computational Sciences) at CDS is a unique inter-disciplinary program (spanning 2 years) that brings together the domain-specific knowledge of science and engineering with relevant areas of computing and mathematics. It educates and trains students to ‘model’ problems or ‘simulate’ processes varying across many disciplines in science and engineering (more details are available here).