The Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies was established in 2011 to enhance inter-disciplinary research on computational and theoretical studies, and attract overseas research groups for interdisciplinary and collaborative research, so as to create a critical mass which can conduct research of higher impact. Its specific objectives are: to enlarge our research platform with different research groups to facilitate interdisciplinary and collaborative group research; to increase contacts with international/regional scholars toward collaborative research; to promote academic exchange activities building on existing research strengths; to enhance interest from potential donors with a research institute of larger scale.
The Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies was formed by consolidation of the following Research Centres established by the University and the Faculty of Science. The Beijing-Hong Kong-Singapore Joint Centre for Nonlinear and Complex Systems (BHS), Institute for Computational Mathematics (ICM) (Dissolved in 2014), Centre for Health Informatics (CHI), High Performance Cluster Computing Centre (HPCCC), Centre for Mathematical Imaging and Vision (CMIV), Centre for Nonlinear Studies (CNS), Peking University - Hong Kong Baptist University Joint Research Institute for Applied Mathematics (JRIAM), Centre for Quantitative Systems Biology (CQSB) and Statistics Research and Consultancy Centre (SRCC), Research Centre for Ubiquitous Computing (RCUC).
The institute have 18 core members and 14 associate members. Associate Members of ICTS include all other members of the ten Constituent Research Centres. Associate membership is open to other interested colleagues at HKBU and other institutions, including visitors to ICTS and experimentalists.
ICTS conducts several Seminars/Lectures every year with different lectures and on different topics. The recent seminar held in 2017 on Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center, Peking University, China by Prof. Xiaodong Su. And the sponsor and title is PHYS/ICTS: "Protein Structure, Function, and the Peptide Universe". It also conducts several meetings like conference and different workshops on different topics to enhance and share the knowledge of students.