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Welcome to the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences

The School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences (CDIS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison brings together the talents and resources of our Computer Sciences and Statistics departments and the Information School. We leverage our strengths to produce cutting-edge, transformative research, educate leaders and critical thinkers, and accelerate innovation that tackles societal issues.

The School

Leading the computing revolution

The School operates within UW–Madison’s largest and most diverse college, the College of Letters & Science, combining existing departments: Computer Sciences, Statistics, and the Information School. Disciplines range from arts and humanities to social sciences and natural sciences, providing fertile ground for interdisciplinary work. CDIS education and research will improve the lives of citizens of the state of Wisconsin, the region, and the world.

Our Vision

  • Produce transformative, world-leading research
  • Educate responsible leaders, critical thinkers, and creative innovators
  • Create knowledge and contribute to the public good

Our Mission

  • Excel with core research and curricula
  • Enhance computing, data, and information literacy across and outside of campus
  • Enrich civil society through our research, teaching, and outreach

Our Values

  • Diverse ideas, experiences and backgrounds are essential to innovation and leadership
  • We seek candidates from diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds

CDIS Departments

Computer Sciences

The Department of Computer Sciences offers a state of the art undergraduate curriculum, continually updated by the faculty research experience. This includes project-oriented courses in computer animation, computer architecture, databases, networking, operating systems, programming languages and compilers, and software engineering.

Department Chair: Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau


Information School

The Information School (the iSchool) educates professionals who bring together information in all its cultural forms and the people who need or want it. The iSchool contributes to individual and collective knowledge, productivity, and well-being and creates and disseminates knowledge about recordable information.

Director: Kyung-Sun (Sunny) Kim



The Department of Statistics offers a range of instructional programs. The undergraduate statistics major has an option to concentrate coursework in biological sciences, computer sciences, economics, or engineering. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs, with options in either statistics or biostatistics, stress a balance between statistical theory and practical applications, preparing students for careers in academia, industry, medical research, business, agriculture, and government.

Department Chair: Jun Zhu


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Be part of a strong research community

UW–Madison is a research powerhouse, reporting more than $1.2 billion in annual research expenditures, placing it among the top 10 in the nation among universities for volume of research. UW–Madison graduates more than 800 PhD students annually.

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Unparalleled faculty support

At UW–Madison you’ll find unparalleled support in the form of start-up packages, research facilities, and opportunities to collaborate with some of the brightest graduate student minds around.

Research & Graduate Education

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The Wisconsin Idea

Service is who we are and what we do. UW–Madison’s longest and proudest tradition remains the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom.

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A place for creative thinkers

UW–Madison supports its most creative thinkers through a network of campus partners who provide advice, guidance, and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and problem solvers at any stage of the innovation process.

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