In the twentieth century Cambridge was the location of fundamental advances in computer science and today over 300 companies and commercial laboratories specialising in computing and advanced technologies are concentrated in the area.
The Computer Laboratory is an academic department within the University of Cambridge which encompasses Computer Science, along with many aspects of Engineering, Technology and Mathematics.
The Computer Laboratory was founded in 1937, as the Mathematical Laboratory, for work on mechanical calculators and analogue computers. It became involved in digital computing after 1945. Some of the fundamental advances in computing knowledge, such as the ideas of subroutines and micro-computing, were made in the Laboratory during that period, as well as original pioneering work in building complete computers (the EDSAC was commissioned in 1949 and the EDSAC2 in 1958), and the early development of programming languages and operating systems.
More recent contributions have been in the areas of computer networks and distributed computing, formal verification of hardware and software, computer graphics and interaction, and computer architecture.
Today the Computer Laboratory continues to be at the forefront of advances and we undertake research in a broad range of subjects within the discipline of computer science, from theory, through systems to applications.