ETH Zurich :
Computer Science :
Pervasive Computing :
Distributed Systems :
The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich was founded by
the Swiss goverment in 1854 as a polytechnic and opened its doors in Zurich in
1855. Until 1969 it was the only national university in Switzerland. In its
core areas of engineering, natural sciences, architecture, and mathematics it
is one of the leading academic research institutions world wide.
The ETH itself comprises 16 departments, 368 professors and
about 5'000 researchers, lecturers, and doctoral students who fulfill teaching obligations
and conduct research.
A staff of more than 6'400 - with a almost 30% proportion of women - work in teaching,
research and administration. Current statistics
of the ETH show 14'000 registered students. Each year about 2'360 receive
an ETH degree (diploma, master, or bachelor) and a further 570 complete a doctoral thesis. Current annual
expenditure has reached 1 billion Swiss francs.
The Department of Computer Science at the
ETH consists of five Institutes: the Institute of Computer Systems, the Institute of
Information Systems, the Institute of
Theoretical Computer Science, the Institute for Computational Science, and the Institute for Pervasive Computing. Additionally, there are three independent Chairs (overview).
Currently, 29 professors, over 200 senior research
associates and research assistants, and the permanent
technical and administrative staff form the department's crew of some 330
The Department offers the following computer science degrees: Bachelor Studies in Computer Science, Master Studies in Computer Science, and Doctoral Studies in Computer Science (PhD). Currently, about 850 Bachelor and Master students as well as
188 PhD students are registered.
The main current research themes are databases, global information
systems, information management, distributed systems, operating systems,
software construction, programming languages and their compilers (the
programming languages Pascal and Modula have emerged from ETH Zurich),
computer graphics, computer vision, computational biochemistry, parallel
computing, numerical linear algebra, computational geometry, combinatorial
algorithms, algorithmic geometry, information security and cryptography,
logic programming, ubiquitous computing.