The Department of Computer Science offers programs leading to the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. The Ph.D. program, which first admitted students in 2001, has produced over 150 graduates and has a current enrollment of about 100. The department’s Ph.D. program is nationally competitive and ranks among the best in the Southeast, according to National Research Council data. The program also has a high rank in several categories at the PhDs.org website.
Active research areas in the department include bioinformatics, graphics and visualization, networks and distributed systems, and algorithms. The department emphasizes interdisciplinary research. Current projects involve collaborations with the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, among others. In addition to running its own bioinformatics program, the Department of Computer Science participates in Georgia State’s Molecular Basis of Disease and Brains and Behavior programs.
Many department faculty are leading experts in their fields; they serve on panels and study sections at agencies such as NIH and NSF, on journal editorial boards, and as officers in professional societies. The department is also home to the editorial offices of four book series and two journals. Faculty members are supported by many grants from NSF, NIH, and other agencies. The department’s annual research budget exceeds one million dollars.
Four current faculty members (Dr. Zhipeng Cai, Dr. Xiaojun Cao, Dr. Xiaolin Hu, and Dr. Yingshu Li) and two former faculty members (Dr. Raheem Beyah, now at Georgia Tech, and Dr. WenZhan Song, now at the University of Georgia) have won awards from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The CAREER grant, which emphasizes high-quality research and novel education initiatives, is the most competitive and prestigious award from NSF to young faculty members in science and engineering fields.