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Recent News

Marty Guenther Retires After 25 Years of Service

March 9, 2018

The study of computer science has undergone sweeping change in the past couple of decades, right alo ...

Andrew McCallum named ACM Fellow

December 28, 2017

Andrew K. McCallum (URCS Ph.D. 1996) has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machin ...

Computer Science community mourns the loss of Dr. Tao Li '04 (PhD)

December 20, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Computer Science department shares the news of the death of Dr. Ta ...


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Computer Science Building

Did you know?

We've moved to Wegmans Hall in May 2017, home to CS, GIDS, CIRC

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.

Professor Hoque received a Google Faculty Research Award for his research on data-driven adaptive learning, and innovative assessment methods.

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Feature Story

The ethics of autonomous vehicles

As a computer science major and philosophy minor, Josh Pachter is ideally suited for developing concepts for programming self-driving cars that behave ethically. His idea: create ethical machines through a process similar to how we raise children.

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Women in Computing

Women in Computing at Rochester continues positive growth trend

For many decades, the diversity in computer science nationally has been disproportionally lower than in other science disciplines.  In an effort to change that at Rochester, many steps have been taken to help build a better community for women and underrepresented minorities in the Department of Computer Science at Rochester. The University recently featured an article about our "code like a girl" campus trend in the NewsCenter publication.

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Why CSC?

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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