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The Mānoa campus is the primary research campus of the University of Hawaii system and is the only campus rated as a Carnegie R1 Doctoral University in the state. Professors in the ICS department engage in research in a variety of specialties of computer science.

The best way to learn about the research activities of the ICS department is to explore the bibliographic links of faculty members listed on the Directory page. These bibliographies provide a record of each faculty member’s publications. Links to the ACM Digital Library (ACMDL) additionally provide a “tag cloud” of subject areas and common keywords derived from each faculty member’s publications. Prospective graduate students may wish to use this resource to choose an advisor.

Another good way to explore the research activity within the ICS department is to look at the doctoral dissertations and research masters theses produced by our students.

Research Groups and Labs

Some faculty members maintain research groups and labs. Read details on the Groups and Labs page or jump directly to each lab’s website from here:

Research Areas

According to, the most active areas of research in the ICS Department (2022) are:

  • Machine Learning
  • Computer Architecture
  • Electronic Design Automation
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Logic and Verification
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Visualization