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 Engineering announces six new faculty members

The Baskin School of Engineering welcomes six new faculty members this year, bringing the total faculty count to 103. These new faculty bring expertise in a wide range of subjects to the school of engineering, from game design to data science to cyber-physical systems, enhancing the departments of... Read More

Peter Alvaro to work with eBay on Lineage-Driven Fault Injection project

Peter Alvaro, assistant professor in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, will collaborate with eBay on a project with the goal of improving the reliability of distributed systems. The project, “Lineage-Driven Fault Injection” (LDFI), is also supported by the National Science... Read More

Sabina Tomkins is heading to Harvard University for a post-doctoral fellowship to work on algorithmic and machine learning methods for use in constructing mobile health interventions. (Photo by Carolyn Lagattuta)

Devastating events can drive human trafficking, paper shows

UC Santa Cruz doctoral student Sabina Tomkins has long been moved by the horrible stories of victims of human trafficking. Victims of sexual slavery are subject to inhumane living conditions and psychological and physical abuse. They face starvation and drug addiction as a result of traffickers... Read More

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