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Message from the Chair

Jamie Payton

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) in the College of Science and Technology at Temple University .

Computer science and informatics have far-reaching impacts on our society and are incredibly important to staying competitive in the future economy. As a department, we’re excited to explore new opportunities in training students and expanding our research strengths in areas like data science, large-scale networked computing and machine learning to support future visions of computing. Our internationally-recognized faculty, staff and more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students are helping CIS rise towards the next level of excellence in our academic programs and research endeavors.

In terms of advancing our educational mission, we continue to develop and offer innovative programs for developing and applying computational approaches to solve challenging, interdisciplinary problems. The BS in Data Science provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the emerging field of data science. The MS in Computational Data Science provides students with depth and breadth in computer systems, algorithmic, computational and statistical thinking and in machine learning and knowledge discovery, that will make them highly competitive for a range of lucrative industry jobs in data science. CIS has also introduced a new interdisciplinary BS in Computer Science and Physics , aimed at students who are interested in bridging the areas of computing and physical sciences.

You can find detailed information about all of our degree options, faculty, research outcomes and employment opportunities in CIS throughout our departmental website. I encourage you to visit our department and to join the CIS community!