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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. 


Spring Data Science Day: May 10, 2019

A remarkable roster is in store for Spring 2019 Data Science Day. UC Santa Cruz faculty from an array of disciplines including computer science and engineering, literature, economics, statistics, sociology, and computational media will join policy directors and Stanford’s Mehran Sahami for a day of... Read More

Professor Seshadhri

C. Seshadhri lands SDM/IBM Early Career Data Mining Researcher Award

UC Santa Cruz Baskin School of Engineering Associate Professor C. Seshadhri of computer science has been awarded an SDM/IBM Early Career Data Mining Researcher Award for Excellence in Data Analytics. The award recognizes a single individual who has “made outstanding, influential, and lasting... Read More

Professor Lise Getoor

Lise Getoor talks Data Science at UC Santa Cruz in advance of public lectures

On a campus filled with exciting events and speakers, two stand out: Questions that Matter: Data and Democracy (January 29, 2019, 7pm at Kuumbwa Jazz Center) and the 2019 Faculty Research Lecture: Responsible Data Science (February 26, 2019, 7pm, Music Recital Hall). Both feature UC Santa Cruz... Read More