Founded in 1966

The University of Pittsburgh hosts one of the oldest CS Departments in the world with research and teaching excellence since 1966. The CS Department covers many areas of research/teaching: AI, algorithms, databases, software engineering, systems and networks, data visualization/imaging, security/privacy, embedded systems, and natural language processing. Substantial research funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies.

The CS Department is ranked 25th out of 473 ranked programs (19th with respect to gender diversity) in the most recent evaluation, and 34th out of 128 in the most recent (2011) National Research Council (NRC) evaluation, jumping up 9 positions since the 1995 NRC rankings.

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Spotlight: TLI Summer Computing Camp Now Accepting Applications

The mission of the Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI) is to provide underrepresented and underserved students in grades 7-11 with opportunities, tools and motivation needed to pursue Computer Science related degrees and excel academically, socially and professionally. TLI will run from June 23rd- August 1st 2014. Please see the website for more information on the program and application process here.


Graduate student Chris Thomas has been awarded the 2013-2014 Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award for his dedication to the advancement of undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh. Chris is the first in our department to win this prestigious award. [April 2014]

Alumni Andrew Head received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for his work in Human Computer Interaction.[April 2014]

The Computer Science Department and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs will host an international workshop, Building Community Resilience to Global Hazards: A Sociotechnical Approach, on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 in Room 307 Eberly Hall. Students are welcome to attend the talks on Friday and Saturday morning. [April 2014]

Graduate students William C. Garrison III, Yechen Qiao, and Professor Adam J. Lee won an Outstanding Paper Award for their work entitled, "On the Suitability of Dissemination-centric Access Control Systems for Group-centric Sharing," in Proceedings of the Fourth ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy at CODASPY. [March 2014]

The Department of Computer Science initiated 22 new members into Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines on Friday, February 28, 2014. The UPE Honor Society was chartered at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. Membership in UPE is by invitation only. This year's initiates include Nicholas Amoscato, Andrew Armstrong, David Busch, Alec Deitloff, Leart Doko, Joseph Gelpi, Shelley Goldberg, Eric Gratta, David Grayson, Tak-Yee Ho, Christine Lim, John Linden, Xin Liu, Virginia Mulky, Sean Myers, Tri Nguyen, Benjamin Pratt, Joel Roggeman, Zachary Sadler, Frank Wolverton, Sheridan Zivanovich, and Joshua Zwolan. Many of these new initiates also participated in the University's Honors Convocation earlier that same day. The President of the Honor Society is Alec Deitloff and the faculty advisor is Dr. Thumrongsak "Tan" Kosiyatrakul. [March 2014]

Congratulations to graduate student Rakan Maddah on receiving an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015. [March 2014]

Congratulations to Professor Diane Litman for winning the Winter 2014 Google Research Award for her project entitled,"Peer Review Search & Analytics in MOOCs via Natural Language Processing". The grant covers tuition for a graduate student and provides both faculty and students the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers.[February 2014]

The Department of Computer Science has lost Alfs Berztiss, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Berztiss was hired during the departments early years in September 1970 and retired after 28 years with the department. Dr. Berztiss' retirement was featured in the Fall 1998 LINKS. He will be missed by the Computer Science community. You can view the obituary Post Gazette , University Times. [October 2013]

Second year graduate students John Wenskovitch (CS),Tim Luciani (CS), and Koonwah Chen (IS), and Professor G. Elisabeta Marai won the IEEE BIOVIS 2013 Data Contest Visualization Award at IEEE VIS in Atlanta, GA, for their paper and system "Fixing TIM: Identifying Functional Mutations in Protein Families through the Interactive Exploration of Sequence and Structural Data". Congratulations Pitt VIS team![October 2013]

Professor Daniel Mosse' will present for the University Honors College Friday Afternoon Lecture series on Friday, October 25th at 2:00pm, 3500 Cathedral of Learning. His talk is Energy-Aware Computing.[October 2013]

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Department Events

This Week's Talks and Events

14th Computer Science Day
March 21, 2014

Upcoming Events

04/16/2014 Pitt/CMU Joint DB Monthly Meetup

04/17/2014 Shuang Hao (School of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology) "Fast and Early Detection of Internet Scam Activity"

[ All Events and Talks ]

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