Research in IST is transformative. Our work focuses on systems-level thinking, higher conceptualization of global problems, and interdisciplinary connectivity. We explore innovative solutions to how we can deal with the complex and emerging problems that are changing the way we think, live, and engage with the world. At the forefront of this cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research are our faculty, students, and scholars, who come from a rich tapestry of diverse backgrounds—business, computer science, psychology, human factors, sociology, law and medicine—and represent the best Penn State has to offer. 

Research Areas

From artificial intelligence to social informatics, faculty and students are pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Research News

Learn about the compelling questions and impactful findings from recent IST research projects.

Centers and Labs

Learn about our research centers and labs, which are leading the way in innovative discovery.

Current Projects

Explore the current research projects of our faculty and students, spanning a wide array of disciplines and domains.


Access recently published research from IST faculty and researchers.

Research Partnerships

See how IST is forming strategic partnerships across and beyond Penn State.

Research Administration

Access University and IST-specific resources to develop your research proposal and ensure its successful submission.

Student Research

Discover opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in, support, and advance IST research.

Penn State Research

The Office of the Senior Vice President of Research oversees the research enterprise at Penn State by working with a broad range of units across the University.