The research conducted by scientists affiliated with the Department includes:
- computer science applied to power engineering – developing intelligent energy infrastructures (the so-called smart grid), to design and optimize intelligent lighting; the Department has unique experience and knowledge in this field,
- artificial intelligence (AI) – knowledge engineering (KE), decision support systems, didactics, computer linguistics,
- software engineering – theoretical aspects such as software quality (for example implementation of formal methods in the process of software design) as well as practical aspects concerning software architectures (like, for instance, SOA),
- embedded and mobile systems – microcontrollers, single-chip computers as well as modern operating systems such as Android and iOS,
- processing of large datasets – cloud computing, big data, data warehouses,
- computer graphics – the Department is equipped with a new 3D computer graphics lab,
- project management – agile software developement and classical methodologies, as well as research regarding their integration.
The Department of Applied Computer Science closely cooperates with governmental organisations and public administration (among others - the Marshal's Office of the Malopolska Voivodship, the Energy Regulatory Office) as well as with the industry (among others - GE, ABB, Schreder, Philips and Fideltronik). One of the most important projects ran by the Department is Green AGH Campus. It is a Smart City Project, conducted together with the Marshal's Office of the Malopolska Voivodship and GE. The Department of Applied Computer Science coordinates the implementation of pilot Smart Grid solutions (including intelligent lighting systems). One of the aims of the project is to create an integrated laboratory for energy systems, in order to allow monitoring of the efficiency of diverse renewable energy sources in the Malopolska Voivodeship.