Informatics is a vital part of the Information Technology (IT) revolution. It is a science dealing with the design, use, and assessment of information processing systems. Such “systems” are typically powerful, computer-implemented, mathematical models which allow both qualitative and quantitative data to be incorporated into comprehensive, predictive models. Expertise in the area of informatics is very broadly applicable, as it addresses the need for engineers to understand more than their own narrow technological specialty, as well as the need to integrate IT into company operations. Industry is increasingly operating using IT at all levels of the plan and management and knowledge of Informatics is thus required for success. Experts in Informatics also work closely with many other areas of engineering, including applied mathematics, process control, environmental engineering, technology management, and pulp and paper.
Specifically, current research in Informatics in being carried out in the following areas:
- Data mining (the combination of computer science and statistics to extract important information from databases)
- Measurement techniques for programming methods
- Software development efficiency measures
- Systems testing methodologies
- Artificial intelligence
- Belief networks
- Decision trees
- Genetic algorithms
- Fractal programming
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