The study of the structure, the behaviour, and the interactions of natural and engineered computational systems.
The central focus of Informatics is the transformation of information - whether by computation or communication, whether by organisms or artefacts. Understanding informational phenomena - such as computation, cognition, and communication - enables technological advances.
Informatics has many aspects, and encompasses a number of existing academic disciplines - Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science. Each takes part of Informatics as its natural domain. In broad terms:
Informatics also informs and is informed by other disciplines, such as Mathematics, Electronics, Biology, Linguistics and Psychology. Consequently, Informatics provides a link between disciplines with their own methodologies and perspectives and brings together a common scientific paradigm.
Computational systems, whether natural or engineered, are distinguished by their great complexity. Informatics seeks to understand and to construct (or reconstruct) such systems, using analytic, experimental and engineering methodologies.
By studying computational systems, Informatics seeks to address the following challenges: