The Division of Informatics
sprang from the notion
a couple of years ago that the Department of Computer Science
and the Department of Artificial Intelligence
would probably be cheaper to administer
if they were amalgamate
d. Hence we ended up, here at the end of the year 2000 CE
, with a group of disparate
departments that actually aren't departments any more, still not fully integrate
d and unlikely ever to be.
The Department of Artificial Intelligence, for instance, is now the `School of Artificial Intelligence', but my email address there still says "@dai". Also, I've heard a (malicious?) rumour that the new nomenclature is actually going to be Informatics South for the old DAI, and similar names for the other departments that aren't actually departments.
One of the main problems with this idea -- spearheaded by Professor Alan Bundy, Head of Division -- is that no one seems to know exactly what Informatics is. The Division website (although it's not actually the website, it's the Department of Computer Science website, even though that department doesn't actually exist) states that: "Informatics is the study of the structure, behaviour, and interactions
of both natural and artificial computational systems." Well, I'm enlightened now.
Oh, and BTW: if Alan Bundy reads this, I'm someone else.