Imagine, invent, inspire! Matrix of dots forming the letter i at the center, as a 3-sided cube I? – in Braille letters Letter I and question mark in Braille dots

Welcome to Informatics at Illinois!

Our mission is to invent the information environments of the future, and to educate those who will build and use them, by supporting research and education programs related to informatics.

Who we are

Illinois Informatics is a nimble, virtual academic organization with an integrated research and education mission that spans the entire campus.

We support and encourage multi-disciplinary research projects that involve applications of computing and information in areas from the natural sciences, engineering and business to the humanities and social sciences.

Our education programs include the undergraduate Minor in Informatics, the Masters in Bioinformatics, and the PhD in Informatics. We also support informatics-related course development at all levels, in a wide range of fields.


Informatics was established in 2007 at the University of Illinois to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration, support joint academic appointments, offer informatics courses and academic programs, and sponsor research and technology development.

In 2006 a group of campus leaders proposed that an infrastructure be formed to unite the many and disparate research and educational activities related to informatics across campus. The result was the Illinois Informatics Initiative, a virtual organization that was to play an important role in the Chancellor’s Campus Strategic Plan, drafted that same year. The plan charged Illinois Informatics to “invent the information environments of the future and educate those who will build and use them.” At that time about 300 faculty members were working in a wide range of informatics-related areas, using computation and information technology in ways that are essential to their research or teaching, or both.

Marc Snir was appointed director of Illinois Informatics in 2007, and work immediately began to develop an undergraduate minor in informatics, which launched in spring 2008. Illinois Informatics brought on board two existing units: I-CHASS, the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science and CII, the Community Informatics Initiative.

Our Vision and Philosophy

Our goal is to extend the synergy between humans and computers, and to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction both on our campus and around the world.

learn more

What is Informatics?

The discipline of Informatics studies the application of information technology to practically any field, while considering its impact on individuals, organizations, and society. It uses computation as a universal tool to solve problems in other fields, to communicate, and to express ideas.

learn more

homepage section academics

Explore the world from a different angle…


Innovations in computing and connectivity are revolutionizing the way knowledge is created and shared — from advances in computer power to the World Wide Web; from search engines, social networking, and mobile technology to geographic information systems and large-scale collaborative initiatives.

Take advantage of the unique resources and opportunities at the University of Illinois to level-up your skills and understanding in new and powerful ways.

Minor in Informatics

Diversify and complement your major.

A minor in Informatics signals that you have expertise in computing and information technology, and more importantly, that you understand their human implications.

learn more
Masters in Bioinformatics

Participate in cutting-edge research.

At Illinois, biometrics research happens not only in academic departments, but in several leading interdisciplinary centers on campus, which are equipped with the latest tools and techniques.

learn more
Informatics PhD

Take it to the next level.

The Informatics doctoral program is a unique research opportunity in which innovative computational methods are invented and applied to existing or newly-created fields of inquiry.

learn more

homepage section beyond academic

Reach out, collaborate, and share with others


Informatics at Illinois spans multiple disciplines and reaches out into the community — offering venues and resources and programs to allow artists to collaborate with social scientists, and humanists with engineers; and promotes innovation and learning across the “digital divide”.

C-U Community Fab Lab

The Fab Lab is an open and collaborative workshop space for computer-driven innovation, design and fabrication.

We enable makers of all kinds to imagine, design and create using open source software and DIWO (do it with others!) methodologies.

learn more

Electronic Literatures and Literacies Lab (EL3)

EL3 is a cross-campus community which brings together writers, artists, game designers, programmers, and interdisciplinary researchers to foster collaboration in the digital humanities. On-going projects range from interactive digital narratives to immersive simulations, to socially transformative games.

learn more

homepage section latest news

Stay current

Latest news and blogs

Bashir and Sharma author article in Nature Medicine on privacy protection and COVID-19

iSchool Associate Professor Masooda Bashir and Informatics PhD student Tanusree Sharma have published a paper, “Use of Apps in the COVID-19 Response and the Loss of Privacy Protection,” in Nature Medicine. In the paper, they examine how digital surveillance used to contain the spread of COVID-19 may impact privacy rights. Read the full story on …

Informatics is hiring!

Informatics at Illinois is seeking a Games Studies Coordinator The deadline to apply is 11/18/19. For further information please contact Candy Edwards at cledward@illinois.edu
» More news and blogs