The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) was established in January 2011 as the result of a merger of the consolidated academic traditions that were hosted by the former Departments of Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Statistics.
The merger was aimed at fostering an ideal context for the interaction among three disciplines that constitute key drivers of modern research and socio-economic development. The Department brings together world leading faculty members and research personnel committed to work towards common, cutting-edge research goals, leveraging their established expertise in their respective areas of interest. Our research is structured around multiple laboratories and research centers and unfolds along a wide range of areas and directions. Collectively, they contribute to advance our understanding of the complexity of modern environmental and information systems, by developing the analytical models, the assessment principles and the engineering techniques required to provide effective answers to the scientific questions such systems raise, and to the technological challenges they create.
The Department's research is supported extensively [IT] by the major national and European funding bodies, and is carried out in cooperation with a wide network of internationally renowned research institutions, industrial partnerships and SME's. DAIS also fosters technology transfer and innovation directly, by contributing to the creation of spin-off companies for the industrial exploitation of the technologically mature results emerging from the Department's research laboratories.
Our faculty members and academic personnel are engaged in top-quality education and teaching, at all levels. We offer a range of complete programmes in Environmental Sciences and Computer Science leading to undergraduate (BA), master (MA) as well as doctoral degrees (PhD), and contribute to the BA and MA programmes in Science and Technology for Conservation and Restoration offered by Ca' Foscari's School of Cultural Production and Conservation of Cultural Heritage [IT].
Our programmes provide students with highly regarded professional skills, and with excellent opportunities to experience such skills via the stage and training partnership the Department has established with private companies and public bodies operating locally and nationwide. In addition, all of our degree courses offer students the opportunity to spend part of their university careers abroad, under various international exchange programs available with a wide range of foreign academic and research institutions.