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A Student Club on the Go

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Jiebo Luo selected as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

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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.

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Clockwise from top left, Rochester researchers Ralf Haefner, Sreepathi Pai, Ross Maddox, Thomas Howard, Andrea Pickel, and Jessica Shang are this year's recipients of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Awards.

CAREER awards recognize role models in research, education

Six Rochester researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s most esteemed recognition for early-career faculty members.

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Performance under pressure at NASA’s Lunabotics competition

Rochester undergraduate students banded together to overcome multiple crises while fielding their robot on a simulated lunar surface at Kennedy Space Center.

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Play a Bach duet with an AI counterpoint

BachDuet, developed by University of Rochester researchers, allows users to improvise duets with an artificial intelligence partner.

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Nicholas Bigelow (left) and computer scientist Michael Scott (right).

Two Rochester researchers named AAAS fellows

The world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society has recognized Nicholas Bigelow and Michael Scott for their distinguished efforts to advance science.

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Software uses selfies to detect early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Rochester computer scientist Ehsan Hoque and his colleagues have harnessed machine learning to accurately identify signs of the neurological disease by analyzing facial muscles.

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Thomas Carroll, associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, engages in an online conversation with SOPHIE, an avatar that uses artificial intelligence to help teach doctors how to effectively communicate with their patients.

A new way to prepare doctors for difficult conversations

University of Rochester researchers have developed SOPHIE, a virtual ‘patient’ that trains doctors in explaining end-of-life options.

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Diversity in Computer Science

At Rochester, we are committed to building a community that encourages women and underrepresented minorities to pursue studies in computer science. This effort has been energized by our participation in the BRAID initiative (Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity).

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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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