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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

Students whirring through DMTI.

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 department launched a new Cybersecurity Minor open to undergraduate students from any major.

Nathalie Japkowicz was honored by the Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association with the 2021 Distinguished Service Award.

Leah Ding and computer science major Lexie Rista won a NASA DC Space Grant Consortium summer research award, which will support a project on trustworthy machine learning.

Computer science majors Archibald Latham and Lexie Rista won awards at the 2021 Mathias Student Research Conference, for research supervised by Leah Ding.

Nathalie Japkowicz and Roberto Corizzo are co-organizing a workshop at the 2021 International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), From Shallow to Deep: Overcoming Limited and Adverse Data.

CS masters student Rempee Kalia was highlighted as one of ten AU grad student changemakers.

Computer science majors Cael MacEachern and Matt Wilkinson won prizes in the Hack-for-a-Change hackathon.

More CS News

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.