What is Computer Science and Engineering ?

Created by Aravind S, Modified on Mon, 05 Feb 2024 at 10:12 AM by Aravind S

Ever wondered about the complex algorithms that power your favorite apps or the robust systems that make modern technology connect smoothly? Explore the world of computer science and engineering, where innovation meets endless opportunities in the digital world.

CSE at IIT Madras

Situated at the forefront of IIT Madras’s ever-evolving technological landscape, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering cultivates brilliance by nurturing pioneers and opening doors to a future filled with limitless possibilities. The Department was started as the Computer Centre in 1973 with the acquisition of an IBM 370, perhaps the most powerful computer in India then. The CSE department offers attractive industry-sponsored Fellowships for outstanding Ph.D. scholars and liberally supports participation in top-ranking international conferences. The institute, with high-class research facilities, stands as the best place to build algorithms that shape the future.

What does the Department have to Offer?

The wide-ranging and versatile array of courses makes students adept in the analysis and design of efficient algorithms, data structures, and their applications, techniques, and algorithms for intelligent systems, including machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics, computer network architectures, protocols, and technologies for data communication and distributed computing, design and management of large-scale databases, data modeling, query optimization, and database systems. The courses also focus on the creation of operating systems, including process management, memory management, and file systems, software design, software testing, and project management, computer architecture, secure communications, encryption, authentication, and network security protocols, Computer graphics, Data analysis, and Big Data systems. Here are some of the courses offered:

Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Paradigms of Programming

Programming and Data Structures

Compiler Design

Language Machines and Computations

Computer Organization and Architecture

The following programs are offered by the department:

  • 4-year B. Tech program
  • 2-year M. Tech program
  • 5-year Dual Degree program
  • MS program
  • PhD program

The department also boasts world-class labs and research centers focusing on research in computer systems, intelligent systems, human-computer interaction, and theoretical computer science, with faculty renowned for their expertise. CSE provides abundant resources to explore everything from fundamental algorithms, delving into the potential of AI to improve machines, and fostering a generation of data scientists competent enough to efficiently harness the power of information to reshape industries and our very existence transformatively.

What's After CSE?

In a world increasingly driven by technology, the relevance of computer science and engineering is poised to transcend its current magnitude. As the digital landscape expands, the demand for computer scientists and engineers intensifies, offering a glimpse into a future where their expertise becomes indispensable. From artificial intelligence and machine learning to cybersecurity and data analysis, computer science and engineering are at the forefront of shaping and advancing every aspect of our lives. The proliferation of interconnected devices, the exponential growth of big data, and the emergence of disruptive technologies all underscore the critical need for individuals skilled in these fields. As industries embrace automation, robotics, and intelligent systems, computer scientists and engineers will continue to play a pivotal role in designing, developing, and optimizing these transformative technologies.

We welcome you to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, where engineers spearhead innovations and leverage problem-solving skills, thereby unlocking remarkable breakthroughs that will redefine industries, revolutionize healthcare, drive sustainable solutions, and shape the very trajectory of our global society!

Useful Links



This content on this page is provided by a current student or an alumnus of IIT Madras. While we follow best practices, it is possible that there are errors, or the content is incomplete. When in doubt, always verify with an official source.

Was this article helpful?

That’s Great!

Thank you for your feedback

Sorry! We couldn't be helpful

Thank you for your feedback

Let us know how can we improve this article!

Select atleast one of the reasons

Feedback sent

We appreciate your effort and will try to fix the article