The Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS), at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, brings together computer scientists and scholars from a broad range of fields to make advances in computational research that serve public interest. We are currently collaborating on interdisciplinary projects in areas such as conservation and public health. CRCS is informed by a deep knowledge of the societal issues at stake and by a commitment to advancing the human condition through cutting edge collaboration between computational and social science.

Visit here to read the most recent Letter form CRCS Director, Milind Tambe.



The focus of Harvard CRCS is to advance computer science research that serves the public interest by prioritizing topics in conservation and public health. CRCS researchers use computing tools and research methods in computer science to augment decision making on a variety of topics related to public health, social services, and wildlife conservation. Problems of prediction, identification, and planning help to leverage and optimize existing resources. Public health topics of current interest include maternal health, mobile health delivery, medication adherence, understanding the spread of COVID 19,  suicidality and mental health topics. Conservation topics currently include allocating resources for the prevention of poaching and smuggling. Visit our Research page to learn more.

Elephant drinking at Uganda Falls. Image by Milind Tambe during field research in Uganda




Social networking and to leverage expert perspectives from a range of domains is a crucial component to fostering genuine, real world impact.

In addition to research, CRCS researchers and staff are committed to outreach beyond our center via education, mentoring, and partnerships. We seek to work with researchers who are enthusiastic about interacting with computer scientists and colleagues from other disciplines and who have a demonstrated interest in connecting their research agenda with societal issues. CRCS sponsors events and workshops to bring together our community, generate ideas, share methods, and bring attention to computing for social change.
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Join us in Fall 2022 for the CRCS Social Impact Seminar Series. The series will explore how computing methods can contribute to solving social problems and will bring together researchers and practitioners across computer science and a range of application domains. More information about the Fall Series will be posted soon.