Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

Donald Bren Hall

UC Irvine’s nationally ranked Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) began as an academic department in 1968, in recognition of the importance of the emerging discipline. Established as a school in 2002, it was named in June 2004 after its benefactor Donald Bren. The school dedicated its newest high-tech facility, Donald Bren Hall, in June 2007.

As the only computing-focused school in the University of California, ICS is providing computer science and information technology leadership for the 21st century through its innovative and broad curricula, research and development of emerging technologies, and collaborations to address societal concerns. Its three departments – Computer Science, Informatics and Statistics – offer six undergraduate degrees: computer science, informatics, computer game science, software engineering, business information management, and computer science and engineering. The Bren School’s flexibility provides students with the tools needed to engage in and adapt to a rapidly changing discipline. The school’s nearly 1,700 undergraduates and more than 460 graduate students traditionally have one of the highest mean SAT and GRE scores on campus.

Noteworthy alumni include Roy Fielding (B.S. ’88, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’00), co-creator of HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), the communication protocol underlying the World Wide Web; Paul Mockapetris (Ph.D. ’82), creator of the domain name system (DNS) that links familiar Web addresses with their Internet addresses; and Tim Kashani (BS ’86), CEO of IT Mentors, a technology training and consulting company, and Tony Award-winning producer.

Research Expertise

Bren School faculty expertise spans a diverse spectrum, including:

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Statistics
  • Biomedical Informatics/Bioinformatics/Biostatistics/Health and Technology
  • Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems
  • Computer Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Databases and Information Systems
  • Human-Centered Computing/Human Computer Interaction
  • Security and Privacy
  • Software Engineering

The school houses and is involved in numerous UCI research centers established to support the faculty’s substantial interdisciplinary work, including:

  • Center for Algorithms & Theory of Computation
  • Center for Embedded Computer Systems
  • Center for Digital Transformation (CDT)
  • Center for Emergency Response Technologies (CERT)
  • Center for Machine Learning & Intelligent Systems
  • Center for Organizational Research (COR)
  • Center for Pervasive Communications & Computing (CPCC)
  • Computational Vision Lab
  • Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games (IVECG)
  • Institute for Genomics & Bioinformatics (IGB)
  • Institute for Software Research (ISR)
  • Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing (ISTC-Social)
  • Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing & Interaction (LUCI)
  • Secure Computing & Networking Center (SCoNCe)
  • Secure Systems and Software Laboratory
  • Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing & Information Technology (ABRC)

In addition, Bren School faculty members are leading research efforts within the California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology (Calit2), one of four Institutes for Science & Innovation within the University of California.

Corporate Partnerships

The Bren School fosters partnerships with the corporate community to enhance the flow of research, technology, talent and personal contact between the school and high-tech companies. The Corporate Partners Program and its associated website techjobs.uci.edu are offered to ensure that ICS builds lasting relationships that foster technological excellence and innovation while creating opportunities to share new knowledge.

Recent Distinctions

  • 2013 – Microsoft’s Academic Search (academic.research.microsoft.com) ranks ICS faculty as 21st most influential group in the U.S.
  • 2012 – Intel partners with UC Irvine to form the Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) in Social Computing (one of seven ISTCs in the U.S.)
  • 2010 – U.S. News & World Report ranks ICS as the 28th computer science graduate program, and 14th among public institutions.

Faculty Accolades

  • National Academy of Engineering – Michael Carey
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows – Pierre Baldi, Michael Goodrich, Jessica Utts
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows – Pierre Baldi, Michael Carey, Rina Dechter, David Eppstein, Michael Goodrich, Ramesh Jain, Gary Olson, Judy Olson, Padhraic Smyth, Richard Taylor
  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Fellows – Pierre Baldi, Nikil Dutt, Michael Goodrich, Ramesh Jain, Gene Tsudik

  • Chancellor’s Professors – Pierre Baldi, Nikil Dutt, Michael Goodrich, Richard Taylor, Gene Tsudik
  • Bren Professors – Michael Carey, Ramesh Jain, Gary Olson, Judy Olson

  • American Psychological Society (APS) Fellow – Gary Olson
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow – Gary Olson
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fellow – Jessica Utts
  • Automated Software Engineering (ASE) Fellow – David Redmiles, Debra Richardson
  • American Statistical Association (ASA) Fellows –Wesley Johnson, Hal Stern, Jessica Utts
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award – Gary Olson, Judy Olson
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGCHI Academy – Paul Dourish, Bonnie Nardi, Gary Olson, Judy Olson
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGKDD Innovation Award – Padhraic Smyth
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMOD Innovation Award – Michael Carey
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGMM Outstanding Technical Contribution Award – Ramesh Jain
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award – Richard Taylor
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Outstanding Research Award – Richard Taylor
  • Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Fellows – Pierre Baldi, Rina Dechter, Ramesh Jain, Padhraic Smyth
  • International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR) Fellow – Ramesh Jain
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Fellow – Wesley Johnson, Hal Stern, Jessica Utts
  • Fulbright Scholars – Magda El Zarki, Gloria Mark, Gene Tsudik
  • Radcliffe Fellow – Rina Dechter
  • IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award – Michael Franz, Michael Goodrich
  • AMIA Diane Forsythe Award – Paul Dourish
  • Humboldt Research Award – Alfred Kobsa

By the Numbers

  • Faculty: 68
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,696
  • Graduate enrollment: 462