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Data Science Professor Is Newest U of A Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar

From left, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, professor Justin Zhan and Jerry Adams, president and CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, at the Capitol Building in Little Rock.
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From left, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz, professor Justin Zhan and Jerry Adams, president and CEO of the Arkansas Research Alliance, at the Capitol Building in Little Rock.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Justin Zhan, professor of data science in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, was formally inducted today into the Arkansas Research Alliance Academy during a ceremony with Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the Capitol in Little Rock.

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Special Topics Course Offerings For Spring 2020


CSCE 5013 (Section 001) -  Blockchain:  Dr. Justin Zhan
This class will prepare students on contemporary Blockchain technologies and applications. Topics covered will include: Blockchain core technology, e.g., blockchain architecture, cryptography, consensus algorithms, scalability; Blockchain application development, e.g., smart contracts, DApp, enterprise applications; Ethereum, HyperLedger; Blockchain infrastructure management, e.g, deep learning, big data analytics, cloud service; Blockchain usages in cryptocurrency; Bitcoin, Ethereum, anonymous coins. Prerequisite: CSCE 3193 and INEG 2313.

CSCE 4013 (Section 001) -  Big Data Analytics and Management:  Dr. Justin Zhan
This class will prepare students on current and emerging big data analytics. Topics covered will include: Foundation of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cloud Computing, Visualization, Hadoop, MapReduce, R, etc. Prerequisite: CSCE 3193 and INEG 2313.


CSCE 4013 (Section 002)/5013 (Section 002) - Cloud Computing and Security:  Dr. Miaoqing Huang
Cloud computing has entered the mainstream of information technology, providing infinite or at least highly elastic scalability in delivery of enterprise applications and services.  In this course, we will focus on the architecture of today's cloud computing, the technologies used within them, application development using MapReduce and Spark, and the security risks and management in the cloud.  Prerequisite: CSCE 3613 Operating Systems or instructor consent.


CSCE 5013 (Section 003) - Models of Computation: Dr. Matthew Patitz

This course will first provide an introduction to fundamental notions which help characterize what "computation" actually means, to help recognize how and when it occurs in physical systems.  We will then discuss the theoretical limits of computation (i.e. why some things are fundamentally uncomputable) and barriers imposed by the computational complexity of certain types of problems.  We will then introduce a variety of abstract models of computing, followed by discussions of various physical models of computing both natural (e.g. chemical reaction networks, quantum computing systems, DNA-based self-assembling systems, and artificial membrane systems).  We will investigate the latest in both theoretical and experimental work in non-traditional models of computation and the potential computing platforms and technologies of the future.

CSCE Announces Faculty Search for Two Positions

The College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, invites nominations and applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions in the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering beginning in August 2020. For more about the positions, the department and college, and to apply you can read more here.

CyberCorps Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Arkansas Security Research and Education (ASCENT) Institute, the UofA Scholarship for Service (SFS) program is now accepting applications from eligible undergraduate and graduate students with the goal as developing a superior cybersecurity workforce. This program provides generous scholarships ($25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students, plus up to $15,750 educational allowance per year). Each scholarship recipient will need to agree to work with the government post-graduation for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship. For more information and application submission, please visit https://ascent.uark.edu/sfs/. Applications received on or before September 15th will receive full evaluation. 


Ph.D. Fellowship Available for DoEd-Funded GAANN Program

Multiple fellowship positions are available at University of Arkansas under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program funded by the U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) for Ph.D. students interested in Cybersecurity. For application details download the PDF flyer.




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.

To learn more about Computer Science check out the links below from ComputerScience.org:

Women in Computer Science

Computer Science Programs in Arkansas

Scholarships & Financial Aid



Download Dept Fall 2019 Newsletter (pdf)

Computer Science Doctoral Student Wins Best Paper at Cybersecurity Conference

Graduate student Mohammed Alshehri Sr. took home the top honors from the 12th International Conference on Security, Privacy and Anonymity in Computation, Communication and Storage in Atlanta over the summer. Read more here.

Peng Recieves Teaching  Commendation

The Teaching and Faculty Support Center presented Faculty Commendations for Teaching Commitment certificates to 48 new and not-so-new faculty members who completed specific activities designed to enhance teaching and learning in 2018-2019. Yauri Peng, assistant professor, was among this select group. Read more here. 

Zhan Receives Grant to Build GPU Cluster

Prof. Justin Zhan, who joined CSCE in August as Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar and professor of data science, has received funding from the Army in order to build a GPU cluster that can process huge data sets more than 100 times faster than previous technology. Read more here.

$4.6 Million Award Creates Program to Train Cybersecurity Professionals

 A five-year, $4.63 million grant from the National Science Foundation has been awarded to a team of multi-disciplinary researchers to recruit, educate and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Prof. Jia Di, PI, will lead a team of researchers from CSCE, as well as ELEG and INEG over the next 5 years. Read the full story here.

Austin Kreulach Named as 2019 Goldwater Scholar

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Austin Kreulach, CSCE honors student, has been named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar, awarded to top students in mathematics, science, and engineering. His scholarship of up to $7,500 from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. Click here for the full article.


CSCE Faculty Team Awarded $597,000 Grant for "Securing Cognitive Edge Computing for Healthcare"

Led by Jia Di, a team of CSCE and INEG researchers have been awarded an almost $600,000 grant in healthcare cybersecurity. The grant, managed through the Arkansas Security Research and Education (ASCENT) Institute, will support five PhD. students. In addition to Di, the project directors are Dale Thompson, Qinghua Li, and Alex Nelson in CSCE and Chase Rainwater in INEG. Read more here.  

Dr. Yarui Peng Wins CRII Grant!

Dr. Yarui Peng, Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Computer Engineering (CSCE), was recently awarded a CRII grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on Design, Extraction, and Optimization of Multi-Chip Fan-Out Wafer-Level-Packaging for Low-Power Heterogeneous Systems.

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 Dr. Dale Thompson, Co-recipient of Food and Cyber Education Grant

Dr. Dale R. Thompson teams up with Dr. Steven Ricke from the Division of Agriculture under the ASCENT Institute to train food science graduates to protect U.S. food systems from cyberattacks. Read more here.

Qinhua Li Wins NSF Career Award!

Dr. Qinghua Li, Assistant professor in CSCE has received one of the National Science Foundation's most prestigious grants for early career faculty members. The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program Award, known colloquially as a CAREER Award, is considered the most prestigious awards from NSF. Read more of the story here.


CSCE Hosts Largest Ever High School Programming Competition

High school students from across Arkansas gathered in March at the University of Arkansas for the annual High School Programming Competition, hosted by the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department. More than 60 teams of students squared off in a test of programming and problem-solving in the event, which is sponsored by Walmart, ACM and Acxiom. Read the Newswire story.


CSCE Sends Cyber Hogs to Collegiate Cyber Competition

The Cyber Hogs, a team of 8 undergraduate and graduate students in computer science and computer engineering, recently competed in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in Tulsa. For more check out the Newswire article.


CSCE Cyberhogs Qualify for the Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

This past weekend the local cybersecurity club, the Cyberhogs, qualified for the upcoming Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), to be held March 23-25, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Walmart Sponsors Women in Computer Science and Computer Engineering to Attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Woman in Computing

 Four CSCE students, Sarah Colpitts, Victoria Hobbs, Kylie McClanahan and Lauren Rainbolt, recently attended the Grace Hopper Celebration, thanks to the generosity of Walmart. The three-day conference is the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

CSCE Programming Teams Take First and Fourth at ACM Regional Site

On November 4th, two CSCE student teams competed in the ACM Collegiate Programming Contest, Mid-Central Competition, traveling to the Fort Smith site for the all day contest.


Two New Faculty Members Join Department

In 2017 the Department gained two new faculty members, Yarui Peng and Alexander Nelson, both at the rank of Assistant Professor.


Jia Di Receives NSF Funding for Hardware Security Research

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 ...


CSCE Department Mourns Passing of Doctoral Student, Joseph Fantinel

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.


Academy of Computer Science & Computer Engineering Created

Charter CSCE Academy

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...



CSCE 2017 Newsletter

The Department's latest newsletter for Fall 2017 is now available.

CSCE Capstone Team Takes First Place in 2017 College Poster Competition

CSCE Seniors Joseph Fantinel, Andrew Felder, Joseph Gauthier, Nicholas Mize, and Dillon VanBuskirk took first place in the 2017 Senior Capstone Design Poster Competition with their Capstone project, "Autonomous Decentralized Indoor Robot Navigation Using Smart Cameras with ROS for Efficient Adaptability to Arbitrary Environments." 

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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.

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Engineering Student Wins Second Place at International Research Competition

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.

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CSCE Assistant Professor Patitz Received National Science Foundation CAREER grant

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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