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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Baskin fellowships help advance student research at UC Santa Cruz

Sean Phillips and Eric Kaltman, graduate students at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, are this year's recipients of the prestigious Jack Baskin and Peggy Downes-Baskin Fellowship. Although pursuing PhDs in very different areas, both Phillips and Kaltman are committed to... Read More

7 UC Santa Cruz Students get stoked on computing

Supported by scholarships from the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, seven computer science and engineering students -- five of whom were “Baskin Scholars” -- were among approximately 15,000 who attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in... Read More

The UC Santa Cruz SlugBots team: Jiaqi Wu, Kevin Bowden, Amita Misra, Marilyn Walker, and Shereen Oraby. (Photo by Yin Wu)

UC Santa Cruz team chosen to compete in Amazon's Alexa Prize Challenge

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. The UCSC team, called SlugBots, is one of 12 university teams sponsored by Amazon to try to develop a "... Read More

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