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    The institute for computing and data sciences (ISCD) is one of five permanent research institutes at Sorbonne Universit├ęs. Faculty are associated primarily with all departments and schools in sciences, humanities and medicine.

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    The institute is actively promoting interdisciplinary culture in computational sciences, encouraging interplay between seemingly disconnected research domains. It is dedicated to the advancement of theoretical understanding and to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline.

    Today, more than 100 faculty members, research staff and students are involved in 4 research groups working on more than a dozen projects that range from computational chemistry and biology to mathematical modelling for forensic sciences, to digital archeology, to scientific visualization or to healthcare analytics.


    The institute’s activities include workshops, conferences, thematic programs, summer schools, seminars, lectures, training and public outreach events. Activities may take place either at the Institute or at any of its partner laboratories and units.

    Feature research topics

    The institute is dedicated to the advancement of theoretical knowledge in mathematical and computational sciences and its application to challenging problems at the interfaces between disciplines. It brings together researchers from far-ranging fields and provides the coordination and the expertise to link them across the institute and create fruitful partnerships. It gives researchers the expertise and resources they need to address scientific challenges on a larger scale. It is also engaged in educating students through innovative training programs.

    • high performance computing for applications

      Advanced research involves intensive numerical simulations, data analysis and large scale computations on integrated cluster systems consisting of several hundreds processors. HPC research group provides expertise to compute on high-end computers. It focusses on computer architecture, parallel computing, programming paradigms for data sciences.

    • algorithms & optimization for computational sciences

      The objective of scientists in this research area is to develop and optimize novel and efficient algorithmic solutions for various problems that arise from computational sciences (biology, chemistry, physics,…). Research fellows have technical expertise in a variety of topics including distributed algorithms, stochastic optimization, scheduling, graph algorithms, and optimization.

    • healthcare & life sciences

      Advances in sequencing technology and imaging techniques are producing large and complex data sets. Novel analytical methods and efficient computational models and tools allow researchers to explore and collaborate to improve personal treatment and outcomes.

    • digital humanities

      The humanities are undergoing profound changes that concern research practices and structures. This research domain integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in Humanities. Several collaborative projects creates and apply these technologies to answer architectural, cultural, social or philosophical questions.


    The idea for the institute emerged in 2010 by a group of faculty members led by Pr. Olivier Pironneau, former head of the French Strategic Committee for High-Performance Computing. The institute was established as a university research association at UPMC gathering several laboratories and research units to advance science through innovative computational approaches. In 2016, the institute is a Sorbonne University research center with expertise in HPC and data analysis. It offers training, services and support across all fields and at the interface of disciplines and Sorbonne University institutions.