The CSA department currently comprises of 33 faculty members who are active researchers in many of the principal areas of computer science. In addition, several faculty members work on interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with research groups within the country and abroad. The department also maintains a strong relationship with industry partners. Many students are supported by research fellowships from Bell labs, IBM IRL, Infosys, Microsoft Research India, and TCS. A large number of ongoing research projects receive funding from governmental agencies (DST, DBT, MCIT, etc.) and industry partners.

The department houses excellent research facilities including research laboratories for conducting focused research, well equipped classrooms, and high performance compute clusters. In addition, students and faculty have access to the computing facilities at the Supercomputer Education and Research Centre (SERC) within IISc.

Research in the department can be broadly grouped into three areas: