Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS)

Established in January 2011, Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University, referred to as IIIS, is the first education and research institution dedicated to interdisciplinary information sciences in mainland China. It is led by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, winner of the A.M. Turing Award in 2000, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences and aims to be a leading hub for research in interdisciplinary information sciences and top innovative talents worldwide.

IIIS undertakes research initially in computer science, with an outstanding record in theoretical computer science. In 2011, it opened Center for Quantum Information and expanded into broader areas in interdisciplinary information sciences, covering artificial intelligence, Fintech and quantum information. Led by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, IIIS faculty consists of 28 award-winning academics who are actively involved and playing a leading role in research. Our research is to advance the frontiers of knowledge of which the quality and impact are demonstrated by numerous achievements including many highly-cited publications and commercial applications of the research results and innovations.

IIIS provides two exceptional undergraduate education programs, widely known as Yao Class (founded in 2005) and Artificial Intelligence Class (founded in 2019). Since the launch of Yao Class, IIIS has built a reputation as a leading institute of high-impact undergraduate education recognized as “the best undergraduate program” through some prestigious national awards and honors. At present, there are 400 students in total at IIIS, including 225 undergraduate students and 174 graduate students from different countries and regions. Our alumni are now affiliated with internationally renowned universities and innovation enterprises all over the world.

With the economic and social development, IIIS explores new modes of engagement with industry, by linking with local governments and starting up research institutes with industrial collaboration in Nanjing, Xi’an, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. The modes ensure support for research commercialization in areas of AI, quantum information and Fintech, with aims to share good practice across the industrial and regional partnerships, and help deliver the government's industrial strategy priorities to grow the economy.