History of the DCC

Historia del DCC

In just over a few years, and at an astonishing rate, computer science has touched our daily lives and is present in the practice and development of almost every area of human knowledge today. In this process, the Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación (DCC) (Department of Computer Sciences) of the Universidad de Chile, actively participates in research, aiding in the technological revolution of the last decades.

Founding of DCC

1969 – Creation of theTechnical Engineering Information Processing program, Chile´s first in this area, later taught at the DCC.


1975 – The DCC is created together with the Master in Sciences program, made up of a handful of young foreign academics from the department of Mathematics (today called: Mathematical Engineering) and Industrial Engineering, and Computing Center of the FCFM.

1983 – The Civil Engineering in Computing program is born, replacing the Technical Engineering Information Processing program. During this decade, the DCC positions itself to be recognized among Chilean students.


Historical Milestones

Throughout its existence, the DCC has maintained its involvement with the nation´s development. There is a recognition of the diversity of innovative projects of modernization and technological leadership in the region by all those in the department who have participated.

How we made history

1980 From BIRDS to Textrieve. Within the DCC, BIRDS, the first Chilean-made export software project, came to life. As a tool of information recovery, BIRDS offers solutions to this serious problem commonly encountered between companies and users in general. It was later commercialized to the rest of the world as Unisys Corp under the name Textrieve.


1984 Unix for teaching. While the world of information technology debates “open systems” had begun, the DCC incorporates a Unix server to facilitate teaching.


1985 The first email between universities. A team of professors from the DCC via Web UUCP (Red UUCP), and of national scope are able to send the first electronic mail between Chilean universities: Universidad de Chile, de Santiago and Pontificia Universidad Católica. Soon afterwards, all types of organizations begin to gradually join this new web.

1986 Incorporation to the international Web (Red UUCP). Through the DCC, Chile becomes the first Latin American country to become part of this UUCP international Web. Just as they make it possible to send an email abroad, first through INRIA, France, and next, through UUNET, U.S.  

1987 Emergence of “.cl”. This is the year the DCC takes over the registering of website names with the “.cl”, a Chilean suffix in accordance with IANA (Internet Assigned Number Authority), the entity that coordinates this task throughout the world.


1989 The incorporation of high quality graphic stations. The need to implement higher technology, the best tools for development of teaching activities and of research, encourages the expansion and the incorporation of high capacity graphic stations for academic endeavors. This technology marks a milestone in Latin America, as Chile becomes one of the first countries to possess this type of tool which previously, had only been held by economic powers.


1992 Direct Internet Connection. Chile opens space in the internet world by means of REUNA management, the first direct liaison, (64Kbps) coming to the Universidad de Chile, operated by the Center for Computing of the FCFM and monitored by the DCC.

First vote counts. The Department collaborates in the development of this system to be utilized in the Chilean elections. The following year, the department takes over management of vote counting until the year 2000.

SearchCity is developed within the DC; a search software later commercialized by Ars Innovandi.


1993 First Web Server in Latin America. This first server begins to operate from the DCC.


1994 The DCC develops and posts on the web, SunSITEthe first website containing information about Chile. Through this act, Chile acquires presence on the web.


1995 Centro Zonal en Red Enlaces / Zonal Center and Web Liaisons. (Centro Zonal Universidad de Chile) emerges from an educational project called Web Liaisons (Red Enlaces) with the goal of collaborating from the start, implementation, use and curricular integration of the TICs in Chilean education. This initiative is headed by the Ministry of Education through its “Improvement of Quality and Equity of Education Program” (Mejoramiento de la Calidad y Equidad de la Educación, MECE).

From here, the Universidad de Chile integrates the (Red Universitaria de Asistencia Técnica de Enlaces). In the DCC, a Linux computer lab is installed for the teaching staff.


1997 NIC Chile This organization springs up in the DCC and takes charge of administering the domain names with “.cl”, eventually adopting rules leading to a fixed fee for registration of the names as well as a dispute resolution policy.

The Doctorate in Science program with a specialization in Computing comes to life.


1998 Business Incubator, Emprenet. This initiative begins to operate through its first twin project “twin.com” (gemelo.com): the company is dedicated to the storage and backup of information.


1999 The Experimental Center of Software Engineering (CEIS) is born. Its goal is to give incentive to the development of this area within Chile


2000 Subsequently, Emprenet went on to call itself “AccessNova Incubación” for which it developed in the area of Technological Transference of the DCC, favoring, among others, research and development projects, the CEIS, and the Postgraduates granted by the department.


2002 MECESUP UCH0109. The department was awarded this project destined to strengthen the postgraduate program in Computer Science. The initiative allows the DCC to build new installations for the doctoral students, offer scholarships for the program and supports its own growth.

The Web Research Center (Centro de Investigación de la Web - CIW). The CIW as the Núcleo Milenio, whose main objective is to carry out basic research in problems related to the Web. Within it, various top level scientists get together, combine their efforts, work in distinct geographic areas and establish themselves as a bridge between the academic and industrial world.


2003 The Postdoctoral Program at the DCC is accredited for two years by the National Postgraduate Accreditation Commission (Comisión Nacional de Acreditación de Postgrado-CONAP, today known as CNA), thanks to the efforts of the academic staff, and the trajectory of the department. 


2004 The Master in IT program is created with the goal of training highly skilled analytical specialists with a solid foundation in theoretical aspects and applications with respect to adoption, use and management of IT and with a specialization in their different spheres. Such areas include: IT project management and development, software engineering and quality, IT based software innovation process improvement.


The Chile-Korea Center for Cooperative Information Technology (Centro de Cooperación de Tecnología de Información Chile-Corea - ITCC). The ITCC was offered as a collaborative center between governments of both countries with the goal of promoting a “society of information” through exchange and complement of its experiences, improved practices and execution of innovative projects. Among its main objectives it carries out research projects and development in areas of “e-Government”, Web Technologies, Application and webs, e-learning and what is called in Korea, “ubiquitous society”: integration between mobile communications and internet with all the common electronic devices.


2005 The DCC Doctoral program is re-accredited by CONAP (known today as CNA) for 4 more years. In its evaluation, the organization considers DCC´s tradition, academic excellence, networks of international cooperation, number of students, plan antiquity, and quality of those entering the program.


2007 The Civil Engineering in Computing program is accredited for seven years – the longest period given to a Chilean university program by the National Commission of Pre-graduate Accreditation: Comisión Nacional de Acreditación de Pregrado (CNAP is known today as CNA).


2009 The National Accreditation Commission (CNA) re-accredits the Master in Information Technology Program for a period of five years, until 2014.