Positioning within Utrecht University
In his memorandum 'Profile and Profit' Michiel Westermann (1999) has pointed out the inadequate recognizability of computer science for the public at large. The proliferation of applied programs of computer science (liberal arts computer science, biology computer science, law computer science) that began in the mid eighties has muddled the position of basic computer science itself even more. This situation demands a re-arrangement, whereby information science can fulfill a useful role because it is focused on the generic aspects
of applied computer science. The CCKE is receptive to collaboration with any research group from other faculties (such as Law, Social Science, Liberal Arts), when one can expect this to lead to synergy. 'Theoretical' and 'applied' can vary per collaboration: sometimes the CCKE will obtain theoretical research knowledge from elsewhere, and sometimes it will, in comparison to the research
partner, be the logical choice for performing the theoretical research.
Existing contacts with Experimental Psychology and Educational Science (Social Sciences) and CIW (Liberal Arts) will be
intensified. Within the ICS, close relationships have been forged with the Center for Geometry, Imaging and Virtual Environments (GIVE), especially in the areas of multimedia and visualization (externalization of information), and with the Center for Computational Intelligence (CCI) in the areas of knowledge acquisition, decision support systems, mental models and agents.