Computer Science at Rensselaer

At Rensselaer, education in computer science prepares students for solving applied real-world problems and for conducting research in computer science.

  • Program Spotlight

    B.S. in Computer Science

    Our flexible curriculum accommodates students with diverse interests. Create an open source project, work on a research problem, or complete a dual degree in Mathematics, Biology, Computer Systems Engineering, Cognitive Science, Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences, or Information Technology and Web Science.

  • Program Spotlight

    Ph.D and M.S. in Computer Science

    Come and study with our internationally recognized faculty. Work on foundational research such as data science, distributed computing or security to network science—research that has real-world applications with a societal impact.

  • The open source center allows students to work in teams to develop open-source platforms and applications that solve societal problems.

  • With a $1.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory, we will explore next-generation supercomputers which more closely represents the human brain in its architectural design.
  • Celebrates and advocates for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field.
  • RPISEC, a student run organization, participates in a number of computer security competitions throughout the school year, typically placing among the top undergraduate US teams.

Announcements

The article entitled: "Airplane Flight Safety Using Error-Tolerant Data Stream Processing", features Varela's data driven avionics research for flight safety. Article: http://www.brightcopy.net/allen/aesm/32-4/index.php#/6

Elsa has a PhD in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  This article describes Elsa's work on HPC at Livermore Computing. https://computation.llnl.gov/about/our-people/highlights/elsa-gonsiorowski  

With great sadness, I am writing to tell you that Terry Hayden, Senior Student Services Coordinator the Computer Science Department’s graduate program, passed away Monday afternoon at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Terry joined the department in 1995, working first with both undergraduates and graduate students, but then focusing entirely on graduates as the department grew. Every new group of students quickly learned that Terry was a friendly, welcoming presence they could turn to for help with any problem either personal or academic.

Department of Computer Science invites applications for multiple Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Practice positions with expertise in one or more of the broad areas of computer science: Theory and Algorithms; Systems and Software; Artificial Intelligence and Data; and Vision, Graphics, Robotics, and Games, along with the ability to teach other introductory computer science courses.  The initial appointment is for three academic years, with the expectation of subsequent renewal.

James Hendler, director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA), has been appointed to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. The committee provides scientific and technical advice to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology and senior department leadership on matters related to the expansion of technological capabilities across the homeland security enterprise.

News

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson is profiled in the MIT Technology Review article “The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson,” published Dec. 19, 2017.   “Shirley Ann Jackson worked to help bring about more diversity at MIT, where she was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate,” wrote author Amanda Schaffer. “She then applied her mix of vision and pragmatism in the lab, in Washington, and at the helm of a major research university.” Read the article here: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609692/the-remarkable-career-of-shirley-ann-jackson/  

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Rensselaer students took top prizes in the North American finals of the 14th annual New York University Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) games –the world’s largest and most comprehensive set of student-led security challenges. From an initial pool of more than 12,000 competitors in 98 countries, more than 400 students participated in CSAW final rounds held in five regional hubs worldwide, including New York. 

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The 2017 President’s Holiday Concert at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will take place on Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) on campus.

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On Friday, October 13, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson hosted alumni, guests, and campus members at the launch of a capital campaign designed to position Rensselaer for its third century of leadership in research and education. “Transformative: Campaign for Global Change” will seek to raise $1 billion for student scholarships, faculty support, and campus enhancements.

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To bolster the connections between benchside and bedside, the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging has awarded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a five-year $1.5 million training grant to support a new Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research Training Program. 

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Contact Information

Computer Science

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110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

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