Chair's Message

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.  Our internationally-recognized tenure-track faculty, full-time instructional faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, and over 1,200 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students are helping CIS rise towards the next level of excellence in our academic programs and research endeavors. As a department, we’re excited to explore new opportunities in training students and expanding our research strengths in promising areas like data science, large-scale networked computing, and machine learning to support future visions of computing.

CIS has made significant strides in research productivity in recent years, which is reflected in recent rankings. In terms of research productivity, the 2018 ARWU Shanghai Subject Ranking places CIS is among the top 50 computer science departments in the US. According to CS Rankings, our department is ranked among the top 75 departments based on the number of research articles published by our faculty in premier, high-impact scientific publication venues. We are proud to contribute to the research mission of Temple University, which was recently classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as “R1: Research Universities (Highest research activity)”, placing Temple in a group of the 115 most research-active universities in the country.
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 B.S. in Data Science provides students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of the emerging field of data science. The M.S. 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 B.S. 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!
Jamie Payton
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Temple University