Computational Science

Computational and Data Science are the key technologies of presence and future. Computational methods and mathematical analysis are used for simulation, prediction, data evaluation, analysis, risk assessment, development and optimization, and can be found virtually everywhere.

Models, mathematics, statistics, data and algorithms are the fundament of our digital world. By combining mathematical and statistical knowledge with informatics, computational science and data science provide unseen new perspectives for research, economy, and for our society. Exploiting the capabilities of modern numercial and computational methods and of supercomputers, increasingly complex problems can be tackled – in economy, finance, pharmacy, medicine, R&D, natural-, environmental-, and social-sciences, bio-medicine, or engineering sciences.


ICS is a major node in Switzerland for research and education in computational and data science. Imbedded into a dense network of national and international cooperation partners, ICS carries out high-level research with a general focus on computational methods for life sciences, social sciences, natural and environmental sciences, economy, and engineering.

As an interdisciplinary institute, ICS hosts a broad range of scientific activities and projects, which are concentrated in the areas Computational Science & Engineering (CSE), Computational Medicine and Life Sciences, Data Science and Computational Statistics, and Machine Learning. ICS gladly cooperates with the Swiss AI Lab IDSIA.

Graduate Education & Career

ICS offers a full-time Master Program in Computational Science and Data Science, which comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English. Direct contact to the teaching professors and to state-of-the-art research carried out at ICS allow for high-level education with personalized study plans.

This unique master has been designed explicitly as an interdisciplinary education program, thus providing a superior combination of skills and competences. Graduates from our master program have exciting career prospects that range from economy and finance over medicine, life sciences, engineering, data sciences and research to management and also consulting.

  • More than 50 participants at the 2016 FoMICS winter school on Uncertainty Quantification

    More than 50 participants at the 2016 FoMICS winter school on Uncertainty Quantification

    FOMICS Winter School on Uncertainty Quantification     More than 50 partecipants from 3 different continents joined our combined winter school and workshop on Uncertainty Quantification held from December 15th to 19th in Lugano, Switzerland. We wish to thank all of the attendees for...

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  • High resolution propagation of seismic waves in space and time

    High resolution propagation of seismic waves in space and time

    Researchers from ICS have developed a new algorithm for representing wave propagation in a medium. The parallel algorithm running on the ‘Piz Daint’ supercomputer is the first to efficiently simulate high-resolution details at various time steps simultaneously. This markedly accelerates...

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  • The spleen and its effect on red blood cells

    The spleen and its effect on red blood cells

    The size and shape of red blood cells could be determined by the spleen, or so it would seem from simulations on ‘Piz Daint’. July 27, 2016 Based on a study done in the late 1960s, it was assumed that capillaries in the circulatory system determined the size of red blood cells. Red blood...

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  • Learning from the best

    Learning from the best

    The goal of one of USI’s intensive courses taught by guest lecturers and experts: to use supercomputer hardware efficiently for simulations. The Institute of Computational Science sees guest lecturers as an opportunity to recruit the best in the world in their fields. Physicists Gerhard Wellein...

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  • Pioneering and productive – Master’s in Computational Science

    Pioneering and productive – Master’s in Computational Science

    The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) has offered a Master’s degree at the Institute of Computational Science since 2014. The aim of the course is to teach the students comprehensive skills and knowhow on the methodology and tools of computational science. Although the programme is...

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  • “The students quickly become research and practically minded”

    “The students quickly become research and practically minded”

    With the Master’s in Computational Science, the comparatively small Swiss Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano offers a degree programme that is unrivalled in Switzerland. In this interview, two mathematicians – founder and director of the institute Professor Rolf Krause, and...

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