The School of Data Science and Software Engineering includes four teaching departments, which are Software Engineering, Digital Media Technology, Intelligent Science and Technology, and Computer Basic Education. Moreover, Experiment and Training Center, and Student Innovation and entrepreneurship Center are managed by the school. The school has been qualified for Service Outsourcing Talents training by Shandong province. The school provides a Shandong Engineering Research Center for Health Management、Qingdao Engineering Research Center for Ship Equipment of Intelligent Manufacturing Technology , and 5 research institutions, including Institute of Software Engineering, Image Processing and Virtual Reality Research Center, Data Science and Big Data Technology Research Center, Internet Education Research Center, Institute of Intelligent Systems and Control Technology. 2436 full-time students are enrolled in the school, their numbers include 2304 undergraduate and 105 graduate students.
Currently, the School of Data Science and Software Engineering has 89 faculty members, among which 74 are full-time teachers, 6 have senior professional titles, 24 have associate professional titles, 2 have Doctoral supervisor qualification and 19 have Master supervisor qualification. There are 25 teachers have doctorates, 5 are studying for their Doctor degree, 1 is Shandong Taishan Industry Leader, 1 is Shandong young and middle-aged academic backbone, 1 is Qingdao Top Talent, 1 is Qingdao University Distinguished professor, 3 are young outstanding talents.
The school provides the construction of Software Engineering Doctoral Degree and Master’s degree. It has formed five stable research directions of software engineering theory and method, data science and big data technology, artificial intelligence and robotics technology, virtual reality technology, biological information technology and biological bid data.
The school has three national key engineering majors, including Software Engineering, Digital Media Technology, and Intelligent Science and Technology. Software Engineering is one of the first four majors selected in the National Excellent Engineer Education and Training program. Software Engineering, Digital Media Technology, and Intelligent Science and Technology were selected into the first-class undergraduate construction of the "13th five-year plan" of the university. In 2016, it was approved the construction of“High-level Applied Key Majors” by Shandong province. During the "13th five-year plan", the school achieved 20 million Yuan from provincial financial support. Digital Media Technology is a characteristic major of the university. In 2015, it was approved as the professional development support plan for application-oriented talents training in Shandong province with a support fund of 3 million Yuan. In 2018, the Software Engineering major was approved for the project of “New and Old Energy Conversion – Professional docking Industry” in Shandong province. In 2018, the course of ‘Audio-visual Language’ delivered by team of Jiang, Yongchun won the title of National Quality Open Online Course. The school follows closely the development of discipline frontier, serves the national development strategy, and incorporates artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, virtual reality and other aspects into the training program and teaching plan, so as to meet the social demands for the new generation of information technology talents.
In the recent five years, the school has undertaken 28 vertical scientific research projects, including the national natural science foundation of China, the fund of the ministry of education, Shandong science and technology development plan, Shandong natural science foundation, and more than 30 horizontal projects. The research fund has reached more than 7 million Yuan in total. Professors and students have published more than 200 academic papers, including more than 100 papers indexed by EI/SCI, and obtained more than 30 national authorized invention patents and software Copyrights.
In order to comprehensively improve the level of the school and cultivate high-level talents with international vision, the school makes full use of domestic and international resources of university and company to promote the internationalization of teaching, scientific research and talents training. The school develops the Software Engineering with NIIT of India to jointly train service outsourcing talents. The Digital Media Technology major was jointly established with Sehan university in South Korea.
The school formulates relevant policies to encourage and support junior professors to study abroad, and to attract excellent foreign teachers to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching tasks. A certain number of graduate and undergraduate students are selected to study abroad every year, and about 10% of the students have overseas background. The school has launched undergraduate and graduate education for overseas students and enrolls foreign students with Software Engineering degrees in 2018.
The school adheres to strengthen moral education and cultivate students, focuses on the two basic tasks of "becoming an adult" and "becoming a talented person". By combining the characteristics of the majors, the school focuses on the new generation of information technology, pays special attention to the theoretical teaching, and strengthens the links of experiment, practice, training and practice, so as to cultivate senior application-oriented and innovative talents.
The graduate entrance examination rate is increasing by years. In 2017, a total of 136 students were admitted to domestic graduate schools. 89 were admitted to‘985’ and ‘211’ universities, accounting for 65.45% of the total number of domestic graduate students. 29 students achieved offers and admissions for graduate programs oversea. In 2018, 152 undergraduate students from the school were admitted to the graduate programs, 87 of whom were admitted to the universities of ‘985’ and ‘211’, accounting for 65.9% of the total number of domestic graduate students. Another 20 students have applied for graduate programs oversea. In 2019, a total of 181 undergraduate students were admitted to graduate programs, including 105 students who achieved admission of ‘985’ and ‘211’ universities, accounting for 67.3 percent of the total number of domestic postgraduate students. Also, 25 senior students had applied for foreign graduate programs.
Great achievements have been made in scientific and technological innovation. The school has built a scientific and technological innovation platform for students, and formulated a series of incentive policies to encourage and support students to participate in various creative, innovative, entrepreneurial activities and scientific and technological competitions. So far, the school has 10 innovation teams. In 2017, students won 17 first prizes, 76 second prizes and 39 third prizes at the national level, 72 first prizes, 87 second prizes and 61 third prizes at the provincial and ministerial level. In 2018, we won 1 national special prize, 11 first prize, 40 second prize and 21 third prize, 64 first prize, 84 second prize and 97 third prize at provincial and ministerial level. In 2019, 8 national first prizes, 28 second prizes and 24 third prizes, 76 provincial first prizes, 104 second prizes and 115 third prizes have won.