Computer Science and Engineering

The Computer Science and Engineering department spans multiple areas of research including algorithms, logic, and complexity; computer hardware, including architecture, VLSI (chip design), FPGAs, and design automation; computer security and privacy; cyber-physical systems; distributed systems; database systems; machine learning and artificial intelligence; natural language processing; networks; pervasive computing and human-computer interaction; programming languages; robotics; social computing; storage systems; and visual computing, including computer vision, visualization, and graphics.

In cooperation with other departments on campus, CSE also offers a strong research group in bioinformatics, computational biology, biomolecular engineering, and human genome mapping. The CSE department enjoys a close relationship with the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics departments. Faculty members carry out joint research projects, supervise students, and teach courses for these departments. The M.S. degree requires either a master's thesis or an approved project and is usually completed in two years, although it is possible to complete the program in one year. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed in five years. 


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Standout Slugs! Congratulations to this year’s Dean’s and Chancellor’s award winners

At a celebratory luncheon on June 5th, Dean Alexander Wolf honored the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Award winners. These awards recognize exceptional achievement in research projects or other creative activities. Chancellor’s Awards (Spring 2019) From the Dean’s Award recipient list, the Chancellor’s... Read More

Prof. Lise Getoor honored with 5th annual Women in Science and Engineering Award

Each year the UC Santa Cruz Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) awards an individual, organization, or campus unit with the WiSE Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to promoting the success of women in science and engineering at UC Santa... Read More

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CROSS selected as Mentor Organization for Google Summer of Code 2019

The Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS) was selected to be a mentor organization for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2019 Program. This will be CROSS’s second year as a mentor organization – the only UC-affiliated organization to be given this honor.  The GSoC program... Read More