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Information Systems Technology and Design (ISTD) pillar focuses on information and computing technologies and its relationship with the world. It integrates Computer Science with Design Innovation while focusing on computing, systems, and intelligence. The aim of such integration and focus is to offer you the flexibility to acquire a strong foundation of computing knowledge and skills in areas of your choice and the ability to interact with other engineering disciplines in creative ways. The computing grounding, system thinking and intense exposure to design in the context of interdisciplinary education empowers you to tackle challenging computing and information problems. More importantly, you will be able to have a comprehensive understanding of the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of the world, you are creating, designing, and building for.

With a strong focus on computing, systems, and intelligence, ISTD pillar prepares you for a wide range of computing and management careers in a variety of industries.

Computing is not just about computers. You learn about computation and information, and it gives you unparalleled flexibility to pursue other fields. You can learn theoretical ideas about how information is stored and processed and how you can express the instructions necessary to perform a useful computation. Also, you can master practical techniques on how to create new computer software and hardware. At the same time, you can gain skills like logical thinking, creativity, and problem solving.

Systems is about systems thinking from the perspective of computing. It involves both design and implementation of the fundamental software and hardware systems that form our computing infrastructure. You can learn to build to innovative systems of sufficient practicality, scale, performance, and quality through cross modular projects and train to develop problem-driven computing solutions.

Intelligence enable the construction of computing systems that can operate autonomously, learn from experience, plan their actions, and solve complex problems. You learn fundamental issues in intelligent systems, such as software agents, neural networks, pattern recognition, computer vision, artificial intelligence and computational intelligence. You can master the science of giving computers human-like intelligence and automation.


ISTD offers an undergraduate programme and a graduate PhD programme and a master programme. ISTD prepares students for leadership positions in areas such as software design and development, telecommunications, data analytics, consulting, and IT security. The mathematical grounding, algorithmic thinking, and intense exposure to design in the context of interdisciplinary education, will enable ISTD graduates to tackle challenging problems the solutions to which require computing as a core element. Most importantly, every ISTD graduate will be able to continually adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of tools and techniques in computing.