Academic Unit School of Computing and Information Systems (2012 - )

1 January 2012

The School of Computing and Information Systems is an international research leader in computer science, information systems and software engineering. The school is focused on delivering impact in three key areas of Data and Knowledge, Platforms and Systems, and People and Organisations.


The first computer at the University - and the first computer in the country - was commissioned at the University in 1956, after having been built by CSIR in Sydney in the late 1940s and operated there for five years.

Academic courses in computing followed not long after CSIRAC's arrival. The original "Computation Laboratory" became the "Computation Department" as these courses flourished, and, by the late 1960s, a further name change gave birth to the Department of Information Science, as a regular academic department in the Faculty of Science.
By 1975, the Department of Information Science had reached the point where a Chair appointment was warranted, and the name was changed to the Department of Computer Science.

In 1990 the Department of Computer Science was shifted to the Faculty of Engineering, and a Software Engineering stream of the Bachelor of Engineering was introduced not long after. During this same period, a Department of Information Systems was formed in the Faculty of Science, to focus on the business and applied side of computing.
A merger took place on 1 January 2012, with the name for the new department, Computing and Information Systems.