Computer Science is a research-oriented department that aspires to be a center of excellence in teaching computer science at all levels, emphasizing both long-term academic preparation and shorter-term economic importance, as well as excellence in research and graduate education by developing strengths in a small number of focused research areas and by exploiting Computer Science's unique opportunities for collaboration with other strong research areas at the University.
Our curriculum provides a broad basic training in Computer Science, with required courses in the theory of computing, computer organization, and software techniques. At the undergraduate level, we offer three programs leading to Bachelor's degrees:
At the graduate level, we also offer three programs through the Graduate College: two leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree and an interdisciplinary PhD program.
Our faculty in Computer Science is involved in the forefront of research in intelligent systems with three thrust areas: data mining, distributed systems, and evolutionary & agent-based computing that complement University-wide initiatives in computational sciences, energy/environment, and life sciences, and contribute towards the college-wide spire of excellence in Complex Systems in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Our interdisciplinary work cuts across all areas of campus, with current emphasis in bioinformatics and ecological modeling. We publish in prestigious journals and conferences in Computer Science; have significant research grants from federal agencies (such as NSF, NIH, DOD, and DOE); serve on first-rate journal editorial boards, top-tier conference committees, NSF/NIH/DOE review panels, and leading professional societies; and have won international society awards.
I would like to invite all Computer Science students (both undergraduate and graduate) to join the Computer Science Student Association (CSSA). The CSSA organizes its own seminars, public service activities, receptions and picnics for new students, and frequently articulates the student point-of-view for departmental issues. Socially, it serves the Department by providing a sense of community for our students, and allows for students from different years to become acquainted with each other.
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Professor and Department Chair