What is Informatics?

Informatics is the future—a bridge to all things useful.

Informatics harnesses the power and possibility of digital technology to transform data and information into knowledge that people use every day. This strong focus on the human use of computing helps people to interact with technology in the best and most efficient way possible.

At the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, we believe informatics is the human part of the IT equation, making computer software and hardware relatable, accessible, and enjoyable to use.

The architect of our experience with technology

With the right hardware (construction materials) and software (knowledge), engineers can create a building that is structurally sound. But the architect transforms it into a livable space, placing doors, windows, and utilities with functionality and ease of use in mind.

Informatics is about understanding how people will “live” in the digital space, with an elegance of design that makes sense to those who use a particular technology. The informatician determines which hardware and software will be used to create and deliver the best user experience possible.

Infographic describing the difference between informatics, computer science, and engineering.

Informatics makes things work better

The School of Informatics and Computing is committed to a highly practical education delivered alongside cutting-edge research. Our students and faculty are redefining what informatics means every day, as they:

  • Build innovative computing tools and applications
  • Help us to interact intuitively with technology
  • Explore the ways informatics shapes our relationships, our organizations, and our world

Degrees that get things done

Because informatics can be applied in so many ways, SoIC offers many ways to explore the possibilities through our certificates, Bachelor of Science degrees, and graduate programs in wide-ranging fields.

Informatics is everywhere

Nearly every area of our lives — community, arts, health, business, science — is influenced and enhanced by informatics.

Informatics examines not just the technologies we use … but how, why, where, and when we use them.

Informatics = your future

With every new technology there’s an opportunity for informatics to play a role – to create knowledge, bridge a gap, and impact the future.

You can be a part of this rapidly developing field. Information skills are crucial in an ever-changing world. Discover how informatics can help you to create a career with infinite potential.