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Research partners​

DIREC is a unique collaboration between eight Danish universities: Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, and the Alexandra Institute.

University of Copenhagen

Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen is the first computer science department in Denmark, established by Peter Naur in 1970. Since then, our researchers and graduates have formed the basis for society’s accelerating technological transformation, and our research environment and results have made us one of Europe’s leading and most attractive computer science departments.

We research within all three corners of computer science; algorithms, people, and data, and our research solve problems within all feasible areas of our society where data play a role. We prefer collaboration across disciplines and borders, and we collaborate with national and international research environments, businesses, and public institutions.

University of Southern Denmark

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute is an internationally recognized research department, which has maintained a leading position in robotics for more than two decades. The department was one of the first to initiate robotics research in Denmark and has spawned a cluster of robotics in Southern Denmark with more than 130 robotic companies, including Universal Robots (UR) and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

The researchers at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are all highly specialized within their respective fields. Our scientists work to create knowledge about algorithms, discrete lattice field theory, optimization, computational mathematics, mathematical analysis, data analysis and statistics. We cooperate with other fields of research at the SDU and with researchers around the world about both pure and applied research.

Aalborg University

At the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University, we strive to be internationally recognised as a leader in computer science – a department with coherent activities within research, education, development and industry cooperation. And we have come far. We conduct world-class research in areas ranging from computers and programming to software and computer systems. The department consists of three research groups, all delivering outstanding contributions to their field of research.

The department offers a broad range of educational programmes within computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as continued professional development. The research approach encompasses the formally logical, the experimentally constructive, and the empirically descriptive.

IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen was established in 1999 and is Denmark’s leading university focusing on IT research and education. We deliver state-of-the-art teaching and research within computer science, business IT and digital design. The university collaborates closely with industry, the public sector and international researchers and is characterized by a strong entrepreneurial spirit among students as well as researchers.

The Computer Science Department is a centre for research and education at bachelor, master and PhD levels. Research in the department includes a wide range of areas; from the theories of algorithms, process algebra and models etc. to the more application-oriented in robotics, container ship optimization, software development processes and programming language implementation etc.

Aarhus University

The Department of Computer Sciences conducts research, education and innovation of the highest international caliber. Through research-based education our highly skilled and acknowledged staff educates and mentors our extremely demanded bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students to be leaders of the next generation. Computer science is very important for the development of all sectors of society.

Indeed, the use of IT is a key factor for increasing productivity in Denmark, and the importance is reflected in the fact that our graduates enter into a, otherwise challenged, job market with no unemployment for them. The department will continue and improve our current work in order to be recognized as one of Europe’s leading departments in computer science.

Copenhagen Business School

CBS is Denmark’s largest educational and research institution within business administration and economics in a wide sense. The university is committed to providing business-related education programmes and continuing education for the public and, in particular, the private sector.

The Department of Digitalization focuses on how digital technologies are changing business and society. This is reflected in our teaching and research activities, as well as our externally funded research projects and ongoing engagement with external partners. Through the past years, CBS’ research has been published in the eight most trendsetting academic journals in the cross field between IT and business. In the latest ranking, the “Top Rankings of Schools in Bo8 journals”, which covers the past three years, CBS is number one in Europe and number 15 in the world.

Technical University of Denmark

DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for our business-oriented approach, our focus on sustainability, and our amazing study environment.

DTU Compute is Denmark’s largest environment for mathematics and computer science. DTU Compute encompasses both in-depth theory and practical applications. This allows us to convert new ideas into innovative products and provide public sector consultancy – to the benefit of both the business community and public sector institutions. We take on problems and challenges from other disciplines and position them in a virtual world where we can build models, perform calculations and run simulations. We can then relate the results from this work back to the real world and find solutions to a wide range of problems.

Roskilde University

Roskilde University was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge. At RUC we cultivate a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others. We employ an interdisciplinary approach because no major problems are ever resolved on the basis of any single academic discipline alone.

The Department of People and Technology is involved with development of sustainable solutions. We use experimental approaches and support people’s active commitment. The Department is covering human, society, health and IT scientific fields as well as planning, intervention and design inclined fields.

The Alexandra Institute

The Alexandra Institute is one of seven Danish government-approved Research and Technology Organisations (called GTS institutes). As a GTS institute, we have been assigned by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science to transfer research-based knowledge to industry and help drive innovation and growth in public and private organisations.

Since 1999, we have been on a mission to bring research outputs to market through partnerships and project collaboration with universities and companies. Over the years, we have helped more than 1000 public and private organisations develop innovative data-driven products and services that enhance sustainable growth and societal wellbeing. Our R&D specialists cover a wide range of academic disciplines, so when working with us, you can rest assured that our advice is based on the latest research findings.