Research Areas

The CSE department provides an excellent research environment, and members of the department actively involve in research in various fields of Computer Science. In addition to academcis, the department encourages and nurtures students to solve real-world research problems. Please check the Research Areas page to learn more about the interesting work being carried out by members of the department. Visit Faculty web pages to learn more about specific research carried out by individual faculty members.

CSE Departmental Activities

Please check out the Department Newsletters to know more about the various departmental activities at IIT Kanpur.

Research Milestones

Members affiliated with the CSE department have achieved many significant research milestones over the years. Please check the Research Milestones page to learn more about a few among several accomplishments earned by members of the department.


The state-of-the-art infrastructure in the department nicely complements the excellent education imparted, and helps students prepare for rewarding careers and succeed in diverse fields.

Good Research Environment

The following are a few highlights of the different facilities provided by the department:

  • Members have 24×7 access to class rooms and lab resources.
  • The department members organize conferences and workshops regularly. The department also hosts seminars and invited talks by prominent researchers from all fields of Computer Science.
  • In addition to the Central Library, the department maintains its own library. Many text books and references related to courses and research are available.
  • The department has several Special Interest Groups in multiple research areas. These research groups are mostly run by students and periodically organize lectures, tutorials, and group discussions.

Financial Aid

  • PhD scholars in the department receive a MHRD fellowship of Rs. 31,000 per month for the first two years in the PhD program; and Rs. 35,000 per month for the next three years, or up to the completion of PhD, whichever is earlier.
  • Several departmental PhD scholars are recipients of prestigious fellowships from different sources like the Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme or are sponsored by reputed companies like Google, IBM, TCS, and Infosys.
  • The Research-I Foundation provides support for PhD scholars to attend summer schools. Students can also spend an entire semester at another school, if such a visit is related to their research.
  • The Rao Remala travel fund helps sponsor a PhD scholar attend international conferences to present papers, up to two times during the student's PhD program.
  • The department has two Chair positions which are used to invite reputed researchers to visit the department. This provides an excellent opportunity for department members to interact with other leading researchers. So far, about twenty researchers have visited the department through these Chair positions.

Flexible Course Structure

The department offers a wide variety of courses related to Computer Science and Engineering, please see the Courses Offered page for more details. Most courses are designed to cover necessary basic concepts but then also delves into more advanced concepts in related areas. Students are encouraged to solve interesting problems as part of course projects, and many research papers have resulted from these efforts. Furthermore, students are allowed to audit as many courses as they wish to help prepare for their respective areas of work.

Excellent Career Opportunities

The department students have several rewarding career choices after graduation. Many UG and MTech/MS students inclined for further studies opt to purse PhD programs in reputed Institutes in India or abroad. Many students choose to continue in the PhD program in the department itself after their UG/PG program, which is a testament to the strong infrastructure and research environment offered by the department.

Students who opt to join the industry usually get quality job offers from reputed Technology and Financial enterprises. Students also regularly get placed in research labs like IBM Research Labs India, Microsoft Research India, Yahoo Research India, and Intel Research Labs India. Many of these offers often include positions at foreign offices like Microsoft Redmond.

Vibrant Student Life

There are 15 hostels (3 for girls and 12 for boys), each equipped with its own canteen, TV room, reading room, and sports facilities like table tennis, carrom, badminton, and basketball. There are various clubs at the institute level promoting music, dance, and other different sports. With a unique collection of cultural, sports, business and technical festivals, IITK offers a fulfilling and entertaining stay complementing the world of academics, making it a memorable few years during your student life.