About us

Welcome to the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences! Our academic activities are characterised by subject integration and multidisciplinary, and focus on developing and adapting the use of IT.

The Department of Computer and Systems Sciences in Campus Kista.
The department of Computer and Systems Sciences in Campus Kista. Photo: Eva Dahlin/Stockholms universitet.

 

THE DEPARTMENT IN NUMBERS 2021

Turnover: 247 MSEK (2019)

200 employees, including;

15 full Professors

70 Researchers

90 doctoral students

5.400 students, 43 % female

17 undergaduate and master's programmes

 

The story of DSV extended to the beginning of the 1960s when it became apparent on a political level that the extensive development related to computing motivated increasing measures on several educational levels. In 1964, a government report proposed that the discipline "Administrative Data Processing” (ADP) will establish in Sweden.

A new world discipline establishes

The foundation of the department lays in 1965 by Börje Langefors. As Sweden's first IT-Professor he helped develop the new academic subject of Information processing specialising in methods for Administrative Data Processing within the ADP discipline. The discipline was the first in the world within the field, and as one of the Nordic IT pioneers, Langefors was an active contributor to place Sweden on the international IT map.

Creating the department

In 1966, a joint institute was created by Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), named Svenska ADB-institutionen (ADB is a Swedish abbreviation for IT or ICT used during the 1950s-1980s). The same year holds the first training for students within this new discipline. In 1987, the department changed its name to Computer and Systems Sciences (in Swedish Data- och systemvetenskap), abbreviated DSV.

Our subject

From the outset, the academic activities have a strong focus on Information Technology (IT) and mixed Systems Sciences in a Social Sciences perspective on Applied Computer Science and Communication. The integration of a technical and a social science perspective on the topic gave us department-specific opportunities.

One of the world’s first IT departments

Our unique focus differentiates us from many other similar institutions in Sweden, who instead moved towards the narrower field of Informatics with its Swedish definition of “Informatik”. That makes us the first IT department in Sweden, and one of the first IT departments in the world.

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