The mission of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS) is to excel in research, deliver high-quality, innovative, academic programs that prepare our students for productive and rewarding careers, contribute to regional and national economic growth, and promote interdisciplinary learning, research, and service in a broad range of application areas, including human health, environmental sustainability, and cyber and software systems.
Formed in 2016, SICCS is a new and rapidly-growing academic unit at Northern Arizona University that brings together expertise in computer science, electrical engineering, ecological and environmental informatics, and biological and health informatics. By integrating this expertise, we aim to weaken traditional disciplinary silos so that we are able to:
- take advantage of interdisciplinary synergies and alignments that strengthen the university’s ability to gain extramural funding; and
- create forward-looking interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate training programs
Our faculty’s research interests include cybersecurity, wireless sensor and communication systems, cyber-physical systems, software engineering, software testing, software architecture and visualization, computer graphics, model-driven design, machine learning, wearable computing, bioinformatics, population health, remote sensing, and ecological modeling. We collaborate closely with researchers at institutes and centers across campus, including the Center for Microbial Genetics and Genomics, the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research, and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society.
SICCS supports Northern Arizona University’s strategic goal of developing nationally-recognized research excellence through a focus on the following strategies:
- Generating nationally recognized science and scholarship by integrating emerging research domains with NAU’s areas of strength, including biological and environmental research;
- Emphasizing scholarly productivity and extramural funding by creating a culture that centers on high expectations and high-impact interdisciplinary research; and
- Providing cutting-edge training and learning opportunities to students by integrating research into existing curricular programs and building new programs that support the latest technological challenges.