Created in 1960 as a part of the Latvian Academy of Science, IECS is a state research institute dedicated to fundamental and applied research in computer science, information, communication and electronic technologies related to a priority direction in the scientific research of Latvia for the years 2014 -2017 "Innovative Materials and Technologies” (section of Information and Signal Processing Technologies).
The strategic goal of IECS is to foster the development of a knowledge-based economy in Latvia, in accordance to the science and technology development policies set by the Latvian government. This goal is reached by creating new knowledge and developing innovative technologies the application of which in the national economy ensures essential and sustainable progress in creating new products with high added value. Therefore the sustainable development of ICT and electronic equipment production industry is fostered and the global competitiveness of Latvia and the EU is increased.
IECS vision is to become an acknowledged centre in the development of electronics, computer sciences, IT and related engineering sciences in Europe. Its main research areas lie in creation of systems for integrated signal and data acquisition, processing and transferring (methods, equipment and software).
In 2014 there was carried out in Latvia the International evaluation of scientific institutions activities. Experts rated IECS performance as excellent or good, and the IECS is the only state scientific institution in the field of engineering win this assessment evaluated as a high-level, strong and internationally important institution.
IECS has a workforce of 79 scientific personnel (a total employees - 91), of which 48 are in elected academic positions - leading researchers, researchers and assistants. At Institute works 24 PhDs.
Financial resources of the institute shall be formed from the resources of local and international funding for financing research projects in accordance with competition procedures.