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Graduate Programs

Updated on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 12:20pm

Graduate Program Director: Purushotham Bangalore, Ph.D.

The CIS department offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences. Fields of specialization that reflect the interests of the faculty include artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer chess, computer graphics, distributed and parallel computing, grid computing, high performance computing, knowledge discovery and data mining, object-oriented technology, shape modeling, and software engineering.

The mission of the CIS Graduate Program encompasses the three functions of research, partnership and education. The objective of CIS research is to advance the frontiers of the computer science field. These research directions are shaped, not only by the interests and expertise of the faculty, but by interdisciplinary collaboration partnerships within the campus community. The partnership concept is being extended to the business and industrial community through the CIS Continuing Education Program. Non credit courses and seminars are being used as technology transfer devices for advanced computer technologies from CIS graduate courses and research laboratories. The education mission includes providing opportunities for graduate study at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The M.S. program serves both as a terminal degree for those interested in advanced study for application in business and industry as well as breadth component for entry into the Ph.D. program. The Ph.D. program is designed to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge in the field which, in some cases, grows out of a perceived need by others in another discipline or campus research group.

Recent advanced graduates have been hired by universities and such firms as Amdahl, American Airlines, Anderson Consulting, AT&T, Bell Northern Research, Bell South, Boeing, Borland, Cardinal Health, Cisco, DHL, Energen, GE Laboratories, Google, Honda, IBM, Intel, Intergraph, Lockheed, LSI Logic, Lucent, Mas Par, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, NYNEX, Oracle, Ricoh, SRI, Sybase, Unisys, United Airlines, Xerox, and other national and regional corporations.  Recent graduates are also on the faculty at many universities, including Clemson University, Samford University, Birmingham Southern College, Cal-State Fresno, Miles College, Jefferson State University and Florida A&M.  A student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery actively involves graduate students.

We hope that the information on this website proves useful.  We have tried to answer all questions about the graduate program in these webpages.  if you have fully studied the website and still have a question, please contact the graduate program director, Prof. Purushotham Bangalore.



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