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CSC – School of Computer
Science and Communication
CSC in brief – Facts and figures about CSC
CSC research and education
CSC is one of Sweden’s most advanced and successful
research and education institutions in Information
Technology.
CSC works with education and research at KTH Royal
Institute of Technology and at Stockholm University in:
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Computer Science,
Media Technology,
Human-Computer Interaction,
Speech Technology and Music Acoustics,
High Performance Computing and Visualization.
CSC – basic figures
• About 380 people work in this dynamic environment.
• About 100 graduate students.
• 1500 undergraduate students are enrolled in our
education programmes.
• About 6000 students participate in our about 300
courses each year, ranging from basic level to
research level.
CSC – indicators for 2012
• Student satisfaction level – 3.5 (on a scale from 1
(very bad) to 5 (very good))
• The number of first-hand applicants for master of
engineering programmes – 658
• The number of first-hand applicants for master
programmes – 186
• Revenue for research and education at the research
level – SEK 135 million
• Number of reviewed articles – 109
• Number of lecturers with a licentiate or doctoral
degree – 84% (total), 84% (men), 69% (women)
CSC – indicators for 2012
• Number of female lecturers that have a PhD degree –
69%
• Number of male lecturers that have a PhD degree –
89%
• Number of foreign lecturers – 23% (total), 25% (men),
23% (women)
• Number of industry-employed doctoral students – 11
• Number of incoming students who have started their
exchange studies – 111 (total), 90 (men), 21 (women)
• Number of outgoing students who have started their
exchange studies – 52 (total), 38 (men), 14 (women)
CSC Departments
• TCS – Theoretical Computer Science
• CB – Computational Biology
• CVAP – Computer Vision and Active Perception
• MID – Media Technology and Interaction Design
• TMH – Speech, Music and Hearing
• PDC – Center for High Performance Computing
• HPCViz – High Performance Computing and
Visualization
CSC Departments
CSC
TCS – Theoretical
Computer Science
CB Computational
Biology
CVAP - Computer
Vision and Active
Perception
MID – Media
Technology and
Interaction Design
Speech, Music
and Hearing
PDC – Center for
High Performing
Computing
HPCViz - High
Performance
Computing and
Visualization
CSC Departments
more in-depth
CB – Computational Biology
The department of Computational Biology does
research in the fields of systems biology, computational
neuroscience, neurocomputing, computational
biomechanics, biological physics, theoretical biology,
genome evolution and gene regulation.
The department has been involved in planning the EU
Flagship project The Human Brain Project.
CVAP – Computer Vision & Active Perception
The department of Computer Vision and Active Perception
performs research in computer vision and robotics,
developing methods for analyzing images in the same
manner humans perceive and understand their
surroundings.
The research can be used to develop vision used for manmachine interaction.
TCS – Theoretical Computer Science
The mission of the Theoretical Computer Science group
is to carry the culture of theoretical computer science,
and to develop and disseminate new, interesting and
useful theory in computer science.
TCS is concerned with the foundations of efficient and
correct algorithms, and deals with the tractability of
computational problems. Applications include
computational biology, cryptography, natural language
tools, and complex technical systems.
Research has been conducted on for example electronic
voting systems.
MID – Media Technology and Interaction
Design
The MID group at CSC is an interdisciplinary research
group consisting of the two previous research groups
Media Technology and Graphical Production and
Human Computer Interaction.
The group has its roots in computer and behavioural
science, graphic technique and media technology, and
today has faculty that represents e.g. anthropology and
psychology, computer science and media technology,
interaction design, film and literature science, as well
as media and communication science.
TMH – Speech, Music and Hearing
• Music Acoustics Group
The research in the music acoustics group runs in
three main streams;
• instrument acoustics, especially strings;
• the science of music performance; and
• the acoustics of the human voice, in singing and for
medical applications.
While running in parallel for periods, they often merge
and interact. An experimental approach has long been
characteristic of the research.
TMH – Speech, Music and Hearing
• TMH Hearing Technology Group
The research of the hearing technology group aims to
improve hearing impaired persons ability to perceive
speech and other sounds and to understand what is
being said. The challenge lies in trying to apply the
fundamental knowledge of human hearing and
perception to "intelligent" electronic aids for changing
circumstances in everyday life.
PDC – Center for High Performance
Computing
PDC operates leading-edge, high-performance
computers on a national level. PDC offers easily
accessible computational resources that primarily cater
to the needs of Swedish academic research and
education. PDC also takes part in major international
projects to develop high-performance computing for
the future and stay a leading national resource in
parallel computing.
HPCViz – High Performance Computing
and Visualization
The HPCViz department is concerned with the
development of new concepts for improved usage of
high performance computer systems, including
modeling and simulation, as well as analysis and
synthesis of (typically) visual data.
Research Centres at KTH CSC
• CESC - Centre for Sustainable Communications
• CAS – Centrum för Autonoma System
• COT – Centrum för Opera och Teknik
• Green Leap
Research Centres at KTH CSC
CSC
CESC – Centre
for Sustainable
Communications
CAS - Centre for
Autonomous
Systems
COT – Center for
Opera and
Technology
Green Leap
Other active research centre cooperations
at KTH CSC
CSC is an SBI, Stockholm Brain Institute, partner,
concerning the calculation platform, and hosts the
Swedish Neuro Information Node within INCF.
• SBI - Stockholm Brain Institute
• INCF - International Neuroinformatics Coordinating
Facility
• SBC – Stockholm Bioinformatic Center
Other active research centre cooperations
at KTH CSC
Active research
centre cooperations
at KTH, CSC
SBI - Stockholm
Brain Institute
INCF - International
Neuroinformatics
Coordinating
Facility
SBC – Stockholm
Bioinformatic
Center
Education at CSC
What CSC can offer in terms of programs
Education programs
CSC gives two five-year programs in Swedish leading
to the degree Master of science of engineering:
• Computer science and engineering
• Media technology.
Admission numbers for 2012
• Computer Science: 452 first choice applicants for 160
student places (lowest admission grade: 19.4 where
22,5 is the highest grade*)
• Media Science: 138 first choice applicants for 60
student places (lowest admission grade: 19.65 where
22,5 is the highest grade*)
* 20 is the highest (average) grade, but this number can be increased with extra
courses
Research Areas at CSC
CSC
Computer
Science
Media
Technology and
Interaction
Design
Speech and
Music
Communication
Computer Science
Comprises:
• CVAP – Computational Vision and Active Perception
Laboratory
• CAS – Centre for Autonomous Systems
• CB – Computational Biology
• TCS – Theoretical Computer Science
• HPCViz – High Performance Computing and
Visualization
Conducts research within computer science on a broad
scale.
Media Technology & Interaction Design
• Originates in computer and behavioural science, as
well as graphic technology and media technology.
• The faculty represents for example anthropology and
psychology, computer science and media technology,
interaction design, film and literature science, as well
as media and communication sciences.
Speech and Music Communication
• Covers topics ranging from theoretical development
of speech production models, through phonetic
analyses to practical applications of speech
technology.
• Includes the Centre for Speech Technology (CTT).
• Research runs in three main streams:
- instrument acoustics, especially strings,
- the science of music performance,
- the acoustics of the human voice, in singing and for
medical applications.
Research at CSC
Examples of research conducted at CSC
KVA – The Royal Swedish Academy of Science
Being elected a member of the Academy constitutes
exclusive recognition of successful achievements.
Members from CSC in Mathematics
• Johan Håstad
Members from CSC in Engineering sciences
• Jan-Olof Eklundh
• Danica Kragic-Jensfelt
Johan Håstad – highly cited researcher
who raises KTH’s overall ranking
The science articles produced by a researcher may affect the
ranking of an entire seat of learning at the world’s large ranking
lists, such as the Shanghai Jiao Tong topic ranking.
Johan Håstad is a so-called highly cited researcher, due to the fact
that during many years he has published articles in influential
journals that have produced many citings. Håstad har accumulated
a considerable number of points for KTH Royal Institute of
Technology on the influential Shanghai list.
Small visionary projects – a new way of
initiating research
Danica Kragic (left) is responsible for the research at the CSC
school and small visionary projects is one step in her aim to
increase the collaboration between different departments at the
school.
Small visionary projects enable multidisciplinary research.
Researchers from different departments at the CSC school
collaborate to make use of each other’s competencies. One
requirement is to include researchers from at least two different
departments in a project.
Small visionary projects give researchers the opportunity to initiate
projects without too laborious preparations and without burdening
projects with too much administration. In this way these projects
can work as incubators for different ideas that researchers can
continue working with on a larger scale later on.
Danica Kragic is one of 22 members in
Sweden’s young academy
Sweden has had a new scientific academy – Sweden’s young
academy.
– Finally, young scientists have their own forum: we will work
across disciplines with science as well as structural issues. We also
promise to take an active part in social debates, says professor
Helene Andersson Svahn, the first chairman of Sweden’s young
academy.
Sweden’s young academy was founded on 27 May 2011. Behind
the initiative stands The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
(KVA) which aims to make Swedish research more dynamic by
recruiting selected young scientists of scientific excellence.

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