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About Us

The Institute of Informatics (INF) is a center of excellence in Computer Science and Computer Engineering research, teaching, and innovation. Our history began in the early 1970s with the Postgraduate Program in Computing.

Our faculty is composed of 75 professors, which makes it one of the largest Computer Science and Computer Engineering groups in the country covering a great breadth of research areas. We currently have 900 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students. A team of 30 admin staff give support to our activities.

At Undergraduate level, we offer BScs in Computer Science and in Computer Engineering – both degrees being ranked among the best in the country by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Education and independent assessors such as Folha de São Paulo and Editora Abril. The Institute has awarded more than 1,300 BScs in Computer Science and over 200 BScs in Computer Engineering.

At Postgraduate level, we offer MScs and PhDs in Computer Science. PPGC, the Postgraduate Program in Computing is ranked with the highest grade by the Ministry of Education, being among the five CS programs in the country to receive such distinction. In collaboration with the School of Engineering, we host the multidisciplinary Postgraduate Program in Microelectronics. Our faculty also participate actively in the postgraduate programs in IT in Education.

INF is divided into two academic units – the Department of Applied Informatics and the Department of Theoretical Informatics – and offers degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.


Mission

The Institute of Informatics is part of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), a public institution with a strong sense of community service and committed to both high-quality education and world-leading scientific research.

Our mission is to prepare highly qualified professionals, to contribute to scientific knowledge and innovation, and to support technology transfer to the Industry to the benefit of both university and community.

INF continuously seeks to consolidate itself as a center of excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate education, research in science and technology, with a realistic vision of the Brazilian society and the future. INF also serves the community through extra-curricular activities and by fostering entrepreneurship, technology transfer, and regional economic development through CEI – Center for Entrepreneurship in Informatics.

INF maintains active collaborations with other units of the University, the industry, and other universities in Brazil and abroad.

Infrastructure

The Institute of Informatics has a world-class infrastructure for teaching and research. Our labs are modern and well equipped with 690 computers and workstations, and users of these facilities can choose to use systems running Windows or Linux operating systems. The infrastructure we offer also comprises twelve teaching laboratories used by undergraduate and graduate students, and 35 research labs shared among the several research groups. Admin staff in the computer support team maintain this infrastructure. In addition to research laboratories, the Institute of Informatics has the following spaces for classes, meetings, presentations, lectures and defenses:

– 6 auditoriums equipped with multimedia projector and PC;

– 11 classrooms equipped with multimedia projector and PC.

– 2 rooms equipped for video conferencing.

History

The Institute was founded in 1989 as one of the units of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), the largest public university in southern Brazil. It is engaged in teaching, research, and other services to the community in the areas of Computer Science and Technology. It originated from the Academic Division of the Data Processing Center of UFRGS (later named Department of Informatics), which was in charge, since 1968, of the teaching and research in computer science activities at UFRGS.