What is Computer Science and Computer Engineering?
Innovations in the world of computer technology have changed our lives drastically over the past few decades. It’s hard to believe that twenty years ago few people had heard of the internet. Today, computer scientists are busy developing new ideas that will shape the future.
Computer scientists specialize in the software side of computing, focusing on writing new programs that allow computer applications to run faster and more efficiently. You might work for a security company, creating technology that reduces the risks of viruses and hackers, or develop flight simulation exercises that allow airline pilots to practice managing flight problems.
Computer engineers deal with both software and hardware. As a computer engineer, you could design entire computer systems and networks, making sure that the hardware, or physical equipment, is capable of running the appropriate software. You might build devices such as retinal scanners that identify people by checking their eyes, or you could design computers that are incorporated into prosthetic devices to aide people with disabilities.
Those who continue onward to obtain a graduate degree in either computer science or computer engineering learn to advance the frontiers of science. With an MS or PhD, you will invent the new technologies that enable the next generation of software and computing devices.
In 2017 the Department gained two new faculty members, Yarui Peng and Alexander Nelson, both at the rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Peng joined us in January after earning his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on developing methodologies and algorithms for parasitic extraction, analysis and optimization for signal integrity, and alleviating reliability issues in thermal and power delivery in 2.5D and 3D integrated circuits.
In August Dr. Alex Nelson joined the faculty, coming to us from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he earned a doctorate in Computer Engineering. His research interests include emergency communications, assistive devices, and home automation. Nelson is also interested in the interworking and connectivity of all devices, especially with concern to the cloud and smart objects.
Jia Di, professor and Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair, has received a $349,551 grant from the National Science Foundation to support his research into security issues in computing hardware. More ...
Joseph Fantinel, a May 2017 CE graduate from Computer Science and Computer Engineering, who had started the PhD program, died Monday, 7/31. The students, faculty and staff of the department grieve with his family and friends. More about Joe can be found in his obituary.
The University of Arkansas Academy of Computer Science and Computer Engineering was created in April 2017 to recognize the achievements of graduates from the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering and others closely affiliated with the department. Read more...
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CSCE Professor Bobda Awarded NSF Grant for Reconfigurable In-Sensor Architectures for High Speed and Low Power In-situ Image Analysis
Dr. Christophe Bobda, Professor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, was awarded a $477,870 grant to conduct research in Reconfigurable In-Sensor Architectures for High Speed and Low Power In-Situ Image Analysis.
Chenggang Lai, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering has won second place at the ACM SIGSPATIAL Student Research Competition.
Dr. Matt Patitz, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant - known as a CAREER grant - from the National Science Foundation. The award enables Patitz to continue developing the design and analysis of DNA-based self-assembling systems.
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