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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

We welcome two new faculty members joining the department from August 2020: Associate Professor Lei Ding and Professorial Lecturer Kathleen Riley.

Alan Ford is retiring after 30 years at AU. We'll miss you!

Congrats to all our 2020 graduates!

CS alumna Aspen Russell '18 was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a PhD at Cornell University.

Zhiqi Lu won the 2020 Scott A. Bass Outstanding Scholarship at the Undergraduate Level Award.

Mark Nelson was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the robustness of artificial intelligence decision-making algorithms.

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

PhD alumna Wenyan Bi '19, whose dissertation was supervised by Bei Xiao, was offered a postdoctoral position in the Cognitive & Neural Computation Lab at Yale University.

More CS News

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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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Students stand next to a Google sign.

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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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Students with Professor Zestos.

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