About ILS


The Institute for Informatics, Logics and Security Studies (ILS) at the University at Albany, State University of New York has been established in December 2001 by extending and broadening the scope of the Institute of Programming and Logics, which was part of the Computer Science Department since 1992. The formation of ILS represents a significant shift in the focus of the institute and its revised research priorities to address critical national security issues. ILS includes the Natural Language Information Processing Laboratory (NLIP) Lab formed in the Fall 2000.

The Institute’s mission is to increase the University at Albany’s reputation and visibility as a center of excellence in information technology research and education, contributing to various University-wide initiatives such as bio-informatics, information science, information assurance and security (credit kim). Through collaboration with key members of academia, government, and industry, the Institute is working to develop educational programs, advance pioneering research, create innovative technologies, transfer valuable knowledge and expertise, and foster an environment of cooperation and trust among its partners. We strive to create a collegial environment by bringing together students and researchers from various parts of the University and across New York State. The Institute is sponsoring a computational informatics seminar series, and serves as a host for visitors from industry, academia, and research-sponsoring government agencies.


ILS is a multi-disciplinary organization conducting advanced research and Ph.D. level graduate education in various aspects of computational informatics.

ILS Research areas, including but not limited to:

  • Computational linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Computational social science, behavior modeling, social media, and serious games
  • Information representation, retrieval, summarization, linking and fusion
  • Human-computer interaction, question-answering and spoken dialogue
  • Computational logic, automated deduction and logic programming
  • Multilingual and translingual information processing
  • Information assurance and security, protocol verification, intrusion detection
  • Information quality and reliability
  • User studies and usability testing
  • Computational systems for business, intelligence, and forensics
  • Computer applications for national security and homeland defense