About the Institute
The predecessor of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (IME) is the Department of Mathematics of the old Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters, which was created in 1934, the same year that the USP (University of Sao Paulo) itself was founded. In these years it was already thaugh mathematics in undergraduate degree in mathematics and, from 1945 on, in graduate degree.
The Institute itself, however, was officially created some years later, trough the University Reform of 1970 which brought together in a single unit teachers of mathematics, statistics and computer science from several other parts of the university.
About the Department
The starting point of a course about Computer Science at USP can be dated from 1962, by the time the Department of Mathematics at the Polytechnic School had acquired an IBM 1620 computer for teaching and researching. In 1970, with the creation of IME, several members of this initial group have become teachers of the Department of Applied Mathematics (MAP) at the newly created Institute.
In 1987, a group of twenty-four professors at MAP decided to create the Departme
nt of Computer Science (DCC). So MAP got divided into two: one that kept its name and another one - the DCC. Before it, all activities related to Computer Science were hold at MAP.
Since its early years DCC have encouraged its members to conduct doctoral studies abroad. This practice deeply contributed to form today's teaching staff.