Chair's Message

Rising Toward the Next Level of Excellence!

Welcome to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) in the College of Science and Technology at Temple University.  CIS is one of the oldest computer science departments in the country with a tradition of providing high-quality education and pursuing exciting research directions. We recently celebrated 50-years of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University and had an opportunity to reflect on our proud history and envision our future. Building on our past, our internationally-recognized 23 tenure-track faculty, 21 full-time instructional faculty, our adjunct faculty and staff, and over 1,200 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, are helping CIS rise towards the next level of excellence in the quality and breadth of our academic programs and research endeavors. 

CIS has made significant strides in research productivity in recent years, which is reflected in recent rankings. Based on the measures of research productivity, ARWU Shanghai ranking places Temple’s CIS department ranked between 51-70 in the U.S, CS Ranking places CIS at a tie for 70 in the U.S., and Scholar Ranking places CIS at a tie for 73 in the U.S. Mirroring the growth of CIS, Temple University was recently classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “R1: Research Universities (Highest research activity),” which is a group of the 115 most research-oriented universities in the country. 

In Fall 2017, CIS is welcoming one new tenure-track and one instructional faculty member. Dr. Kai Zhang joins CIS as an Associate Professor. He was previously a research staff member at NEC Labs America and he got his Ph.D. degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in big-data mining, machine learning, and biomedical informatics. Dr. Bingxin Shen joins CIS as an Assistant Professor of Instruction. She was previously a postdoc at Columbia University Medical Center and she got her Ph.D. degree from the Stony Brook University. Her research expertise is in data science, signal processing, and structural biology.

CIS is excited to introduce several new undergraduate and graduate programs. We have new programs in data science. The B.S. in Data Science is catering to mathematically and technically oriented students who would like to learn the fundamentals of the budding field of data science. The M.S. in Computational Data Science was designed as an innovative program that 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 is also introducing a new interdisciplinary B.S. in Computer Science and Physics, aimed at talented and ambitious students who are interested in bridging the areas of computing and physical sciences. 

Our faculty and students have been deeply involved in research. Direct expenditures from externally funded grants for research in CIS during the 2016/17 academic year exceeded $3 million. We have experienced a steady increase in external research funding over the previous few years. We are particularly proud of our assistant professors Bo Ji, who obtained NSF CAREER and NSF CRII awards, and Anduo Wang, who obtained an NSF CRII award. The vast majority (18/24) of our tenure-track faculty have research funding, advise graduate and undergraduate students, publish papers at prestigious computer science conferences and journals, and are actively involved in service to the research community. 

With our increasing student enrollment and new faculty additions, a growing research and academic vigor, and being comfortably situated in the beautiful new Science Education and Research Center (SERC) building, CIS is looking forward to another great year and its continued transformation into a major center of excellence in the field of computer and information sciences. I wish our current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, visitors, collaborators, staff, and all our CIS friends a successful academic 2017/18 year.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any news, questions, and suggestions. 

Best regards,

Slobodan Vucetic
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Temple University