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Computer Science is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of computer technology and computer usage. The Computer Science Department offers courses on a wide range of topics, many of which include a mathematical component, and offers undergraduate bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in computer science, as well as the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Besides offering instructional courses, the department engages in a substantial research program in which both advanced undergraduates and graduate students participate.
A team of UC Santa Cruz graduate students led by computer science professor Marilyn Walker has been chosen by Amazon to compete in the inaugural $2.5 million Alexa Prize Challenge competition.
Computer Scientist Marilyn Walker Honored by Association for Computational Linguistics
Walker is head of the Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. Her current research includes work on computational models of dialogue interaction and conversational agents; analysis of affect, sarcasm and other social phenomena in social media dialogue; acquiring causal knowledge from text; conversational summarization; interactive story and narrative generation; and statistical methods for training the dialogue manager and the language generation engine for dialogue systems.
The UC Santa Cruz Center for Research in Storage Systems is an industry/university cooperative research center funded by the National Science Foundation and industrial sponsors. Faculty and students in UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering collaborate with industry partners in nearby Silicon Valley.