About the Institute

The Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering initiates, catalyzes, and propels collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training initiatives for a better society by:
(a) promoting discovery and innovations through the use of computational and data-driven approaches, and
(b) advancing computing sciences inspired by challenges in engineering; social, health & management sciences; and the arts.

A federated entity at the crossroads of computational research, the Institute includes centers, initiatives, and labs that work in collaboration to support a portfolio of ambitious research projects and forward-looking educational and outreach initiatives.

Despite its relative youth, the impact of the Hariri Institute for Computing on the BU landscape has been transformational. Since its April 2012 inception, the Institute has had many achievements, including:

  • Energizing a vibrant community of scholars by connecting junior and senior faculty fellows, and by attracting distinguished visiting fellows from academia and industry
  • Seeding collaborations with the potential to transform entire disciplines—from archeology to marketing and biomedical engineering to investigative journalism
  • Spearheading regional initiatives that contribute to the establishment of a nationally-unique center of excellence in cybersecurity research
  • Supporting translational research that led to patent-pending technology and a fledgling startup
  • Incubating a visionary project that stands to revolutionize both the technology and business of cloud computing
  • Creating a fresh model of academic research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and incubates new ideas and initiatives