Algebra is a branch of mathematics concerning the study of structure, relation and quantity. Elementary (highschool) Algebra provides an introduction to the basic ideas of algebra, including effects of adding and multiplying numbers, the concept of variables, definition of polynomials. Algebra is much broader, algebra covers working with symbols, variables and set elements. Addition and multiplication are viewed as general operations, and their precise definitions lead to structures such as groups, rings and fields.

The research program of Algebra Research Division ITB covers the fundamental research with emphasis on the development of the theory of module with categorical approach, and the applied research with emphasis on the application of algebraic structures in control system, cryptography, coding theory and other areas.

Workshop on Teaching Algebra and Workshop on Research in Algebra are organized and held annually in alternating since 2011. Algebra Research Seminar is held weekly, as an opportunity to exchange ideas between young algebraists.