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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

Nathalie Japkowicz received a $70,000 grant from SRI International for "Multi-Stage Multi-Task Memory Transfer: Analysis of Hierarchical Eigentasks and Change-Point Detection in SRI Lifelong Learning Machine."

Roberto Corizzo joined the department as Assistant Professor from January 2021.

Myles Russell successfully defended his MS thesis, "Feature Ablation Analysis and Alternate Representations Using Machine Learning in Surgical Risk Assessment". 

Kathleen Riley was interviewed about the job market for computer science graduates, which is changing but remains strong.

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Worktables in the DABL

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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Lightbulb and distortion effects

Hack-for-a-Change Hackathon Gives Away $10,000 in Prize Money

AU students compete in National Science Foundation Innovation Corps event

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Freddie Mac

Internships ·

Freddie Mac Summer Internships Lead to Job Offers

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Anthony LoPrete

Science ·

Rising Senior Anthony LoPrete Wins Goldwater Scholarship

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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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Students with Professor Zestos.

I-Corps STEM Entrepeneurs

Get funding, partnerships, and prototyping to launch your venture in 12 weeks: $300K generated in grants and investments since 2018.