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Why CS at AU?

The Department of Computer Science at American University balances the practical and theoretical aspects of computer science and provides students with a background for professional employment or further study in the discipline.

Computer Science at AU

The Department of Computer Science at American University balances the practical and theoretical aspects of computer science and provides students with a background for professional employment or further study in the discipline. Our graduates move on to a wide range of careers that includes software development and design, multimedia computing, artificial intelligence and computer vision, and other technical computing professions.

As a student in our department, you will:

  • Master state-of-the-art technologies necessary to keep pace with this rapidly changing field.
  • Receive individual attention in classes with fewer than 20 students.
  • Conduct research and complete independent studies with faculty members actively researching a variety of fields, including: artificial intelligence, scientific computing, databases and knowledge discovery, computer architecture, computational geometry, and computer vision.
  • Obtain internships and utilize resources at the various high-tech companies and government agencies in the Washington, DC area, including: IBM, Mellon Bank, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and a variety of nonprofit organizations and start-up companies

Bulletins

The Spring 2020 Research Colloquium series started with a guest lecture on February 12 by Lei Ding from Accenture Labs, "Understanding Vulnerabilities in Artificial Intelligence to Preserve Digital Trust".

Nathalie Japkowicz, Alex Godwin, and Mike Treanor won faculty Mellon grants to support Spring 2020 research projects.

Alp Aziz joined the department as a full-time Lecturer from Spring 2020. He was previously a data scientist at the World Bank.

Recent PhD graduate Wenyan Bi, whose PhD was supervised by Bei Xiao, was offered a postdoctoral position in the Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab at Yale University.

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Labs and Research

The department hosts and works with many labs on campus including the Design and Build Lab, Game Lab, and the Center for Innovation.

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The Computer Science Department is on a Roll

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Students Maya Kinley-Hanlon, David Bialy, and Jacob Vancampen with Philip Johnson in AU’s gravitational wave detector lab.

Student Opportunities

CS students participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, competitions, conferences, internships, and scholarship programs.

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Science ·

A Building Made for Collaboration

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