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    Professor Bai involved in AR/VR initiative that was awarded a $1.5 million grant

    September 20, 2019

    A $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide additional impetus to a Unive ...

    PhD student Lele Chen featured in IEEE Poster Session

    June 24, 2019

    PhD student Lele Chen, advised by Prof. Chenliang Xu, was featured in the IEEE Computer Society news ...

    URCS Alumnus Daniel Sabbah receives 2019 Hajim Distinguished Alumnus Award

    May 19, 2019

    URCS alumnus Daniel Sabbah received the 2019 Hajim Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Hajim School D ...

    URCS Alumnus Daniel Sabbah receives 2019 Hajim Distinguished Alumnus Award

    May 19, 2019

    URCS alumnus Daniel Sabbah received the 2019 Hajim Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Hajim School D ...

    PhD student Parker Riley awarded Barnard Fellowship

    May 6, 2019

    Third-year PhD student Parker Riley (supervised by Professor Daniel Gildea) was awarded the Arts, Sc ...

    PhD student Andrew Read-McFarland wins Curtis Award

    May 3, 2019

    Second-year PhD student Andrew Read-McFarland was selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Edward ...

    Graeme McGuire '19 Receives Fulbright Grant

    May 1, 2019

    Computer Science and Linguistics dual major Graeme McGuire '19 (Take5) was offered a grant in the pr ...


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    Computer Science Building

    Get to know us!

    Our undergraduate program has grown significantly since our first 10 bachelor degrees were conferred in 1996. Fast forward to 2019 when we graduated 134 students. Follow our journey through the years.

    Some of our alumni have been working hard to make their start-up dreams come true. Read about their stories of entrepreneurship.

    Our computer science graduate students are involved in a wide variety of research and activities. Learn about their experiences at the University of Rochester on our graduate student profiles page.

    Our computer science alumni are a diverse and accomplished group of people who have gone on to pursue their own unique paths in life. Learn about their journeys on our alumni profiles page.

    URCS was founded as a PhD-only department in 1974. The first degrees were awarded in 1980. The department typically admits 10–12 PhD students each fall, and graduates about 7 every year.

    Featured News

    Henry Kautz receives ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award

    Computer Science Professor Henry Kautz received the 2018 ACM AAAI Allen Newell Award for his fundamental contributions to theory and practice in knowledge representation and reasoning, planning and plan recognition, and computational social science. Professor Kautz's work, like that of the prize's namesake Allen Newell, has spanned multiple disciplines and areas—demonstrating the power and versatility of computer science.

    The ACM - AAAI Allen Newell Award is presented to an individual selected for career contributions that have breadth within computer science, or that bridge computer science and other disciplines.

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    Following in his brother’s footsteps—and making his own mark

    Bobby Gerami has taken advantage of many opportunities at Rochester, getting involved with the After Hours a cappella group; club basketball; and the Students’ Association, where he served as treasurer. Gerami will graduate with degrees in computer science and economics and head to Seattle for a job as a software engineering analyst.

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    Computer Science doctoral student wins Department of Energy fellowships

    Louis Jenkins, a first-year doctoral student from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, is the University’s first computer science student to receive the Department of Energy's Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

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    Three faculty members from CS named ACM Fellows

    Three of the 56 newly elected fellows of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) are faculty members of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. Two hold primary appointments in the Computer Science Department (Professor and Chair Sandhya Dwarkadas and Professor Jiebo Luo), and one holds a secondary appointment in Computer Science (Professor and Dean of the Hajim School Wendi Heinzelman).

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    URCS faculty to be part of Parkinson's research center at URMC

    The University of Rochester has been selected as a Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The new $9.2 million award brings together researchers from industry and multiple academic institutions to focus on the development of digital tools to enhance understanding of the disease, engage broad populations in research, and accelerate the development of new treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

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    Using data science to tell which of these people is lying

    Researchers in Professor Ehsan Hoque's lab have created a game that has allowed them to analyze more than 1 million frames of facial expressions, the largest video dataset so far for understanding how to tell if someone is lying.

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    Diversity in Computer Science

    For many decades, the diversity in computer science nationally has been disproportionally lower than in other science disciplines.  The effort to increase our diversity in Computer Science has been energized by our participation in BRAID . We have graduated ~34% female for the last two graduating classes, nearly double the national average graduation rates. Our ability to send a greater number of our students to the Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Technology as well as additional diversity conferences each year has been directly related to our part in the BRAID initiative. Computer Science students continue to build a community that encourages women and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies in Computer Science.   Here are some additional resources for diversity information at Rochester:

    Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

    National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

    Women in Computing at Rochester (URWiC)


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    Computer science is a broad and in-demand field, influencing areas like health, entertainment, and big data.

    At the University of Rochester, our emphasis on cross-collaboration and elite undergraduate and graduate programs prepares our students for industry, research, and academic positions.

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