DINS is a hub for research, education, and innovation at the confluence of information, networks, and human cognition, perception and behavior. The department has had an illustrious history, reflected in its vision, mission, strategic plan, and accomplishments.


Since its founding in the 1960s, DINS has evolved to address advances in technology and to meet the increasingly sophisticated information needs of people, businesses and society. From its start with an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the 1970s to the introduction of industry-driven Graduate Certificates in 2019, the Department offers an academic environment to prepare information professionals and scholars.


We seek to empower humans and society through modeling and designing systems that are accountable, resilient, trustworthy, sustainable and ethical, and through synthesizing and advancing fundamental science in information, networks, and human behavior.

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Strategic Plan

DINS aims to raise visibility of the department within and outside the university, respond to the growing demand of Information Science and Networking professionals and bolster and diversify high-quality research of impact.


Alumni of DINS have gone on to start companies, become distinguished professors, lead departments in government agencies, and some may even be called celebrities. Our alumni have made impact both in the US and globally. Some selected profiles are here.

Our Community

DINS comprises of a community from many academic disciplines, be it our faculty or students. Read more on our diversity of thought and diversity of people here.