The Department of Informatics

At the Department of Informatics (Institut für Informatik, IfI) 19 professors, 18 post-doctoral researchers, and more than 70 PhD students are teaching, studying, and performing first-class research. Our topics include:

  • People-oriented Computing
  • Computing and Economics
  • Big-Data Analysis

Information and communication technologies permeate data-driven economies and societies. Therefore, we dedicate a large part of our research efforts on human-centered informatics.

The results of our research are constantly being disseminated in our teaching. This allows us to offer up-to-date, sustainable study programs that meet the highest quality standards. About 950 students – almost 500 in the Bachelor programs and 450 in the Master programs – currently benefit from these efforts.

We are committed to our students by preparing them for a promising career. And we stay in touch with our graduates through UZH Alumni Informatik.


The Department of Informatics was founded in 1970 and is part of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at the University of Zurich.

The Institute of Computational Linguistics is affiliated to the Department of Informatics. It is a joint institute of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics and the Faculty of Arts. The director of the Institute of Computational Linguistics, Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, has a dual professorship with the Department of Informatics.


The University of Zurich offers the widest range of study courses in Switzerland and is the country's biggest university.