Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing
|College of Computing|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology has roots stretching back to an Information Science degree established in 1964. In 1988, Georgia Tech president John Patrick Crecine elevated the School of Information and Computer Science to become the College of Computing, making Georgia Tech the second university to do so, after Carnegie Mellon University created their School of Computer Science.
Beyond using contemporary computer technology, the College of Computing also seeks new concepts and technology, with symbiotic connections to departments in other Colleges of Georgia Tech, in a holistic manner, such as combining with studies in human psychology, medical science, liberal arts, and business (e-commerce). The most prominent example of this interdisciplinary symbosis is the College's Threads curriculum for its B.S. in Computer Science degree, launched in 2006. Another example is the degree program for B.S. in Computational Media is offered jointly and collaboratively within Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Media, and Communication in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
The College of Computing also has a tradition of a symbiosis between faculty and students: since the early years, older students have been assisting professors in research. Faculty members in the College of Computing have been receptive to new technology developed with students, rather than demanding outside ideas and "Not Invented Here" computer systems.
The history of Georgia Tech's College of Computing spans over 43 years. As a field of study, the concept began in 1963 when a group of faculty members led by Dr. Vladimir Slamecka and including Dr. Vernon Crawford, Dr. Nordiar Waldemar Ziegler, and Dr. William Atchison, noticed a symbiosis between departments. The group drafted an outline for a masters level program which combined library science, mathematics, and computer technology. Upon acceptance by the Georgia Tech administration, the M.S. in Information Science was first offered in 1964 under the School of Information Science at Georgia Tech led by Dr. Slamecka.
In 1970, the school began offering a minor degree program for all Georgia Tech students, and was renamed to the School of Information and Computer Science (ICS). Two years later in 1972, ICS expanded to offer an undergraduate degree for students. It also partnered with Emory University to create a joint graduate program in Biomedical Information and Computer Science, the first partnership of its kind.
In 1979, ICS's first director and primary founder, Dr. Slamecka, retired from the position after 15 years. Dr. Ray Miller, IBM's Assistant Director of Mathematical Sciences, was hired in his place. Under Miller, the School of Information and Computer Science began a trend which began to move away from information science and towards computer science.
In John Patrick Crecine's 1988 reorganization of the Institute, the School was broadened as the College of Computing, one of the school's five (and in 1998, six) colleges. Georgia Tech was the first university in the United States to have a College of Computing. The school hired its first dean, Peter A. Freeman, in 1990, and further expanded in 2005 with more divisions.
In 2000, successful internet entrepreneur and Tech alum Chris Klaus donated $15 million towards the construction of a new building for the college. At the time of Klaus' contribution, it was the fifth-largest contribution by an individual in Georgia Tech's history. The building was officially opened on October 26, 2006.
In June 2008, College of Computing Dean Richard DeMillo announced plans for his resignation, citing conflicts with Georgia Tech provost and interim president Gary Schuster. DeMillo was temporarily replaced by James D. Foley, a professor in the School of Interactive Computing, until a permanent replacement could be found. On April 9, 2010, Zvi Galil was named the college's new dean.
In March 2010, the division of Computational Science & Engineering (CSE) was also formalized into a school.
The school is involved in DARPA's ADAMS project via the Proactive Discovery of Insider Threats Using Graph Analysis and Learning system.
In May 2013, the school announced that it will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the massive online (MOOC) format in partnership with Udacity. In August 2013, US President Barack Obama praised the school as “a national leader in computer science” that is offering a master's degree in computer science “at a fraction of the cost".
Programs, Departments and Schools
- School of Computer Science
- School of Interactive Computing
- School of Computational Science & Engineering 
The College of Computing has evolved, along with advancing computing technology and applications, to offer an increasing variety of specialized degrees, including:
- B.S. in Computer Science (a minor in Computer Science is also available)
- B.S. in Computational Media (offered as a joint degree with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts)
The following graduate certificates are offered:
- Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance (Interdisciplinary certificate offered jointly with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
- Graduate Certificate in Modeling and Computer Simulation
Additionally, the following degrees are offered:
- M.S. in Computer Science (which is also offered entirely online through the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) program).
- M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction
- M.S. in Information Security
- M.S. in Bioengineering
- M.S. in Computational Science and Engineering (joint degree with the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences)
- Ph.D. in Computer Science
- Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing
- Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization
- Ph.D. in Bioengineering (joint degree with the College of Engineering)
- Ph.D. in Bioinformatics (joint degree with the School of Biology)
- Ph.D. in Robotics (joint degree with the College of Engineering)
- Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering (joint degree with the College of Engineering and the College of Sciences)
The College of Computing is the third-highest of Georgia Tech's six colleges (behind the larger and older College of Engineering and College of Sciences) in research awards, with 139 proposals worth $93,737,529 resulting in 119 awards worth $14,579,392 in 2006.
There are several organizations tied to or within the College of Computing that are primarily dedicated to research. These include several research groups and labs. Other research-related organizations include:
- GVU Center, which is primarily dedicated to computer graphics and human-computer interaction
- Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems, which focuses on hardware aspects of computer science
- STI Center of Competence for the Cell Processor, which is focused on high-performance computing especially as it pertains to the cell processor
- Georgia Tech Information Security Center, which deals with information security issues such as cryptography, network security, trusted computing, software reliability, privacy, and internet governance.
- Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, which is an interdisciplinary research unit that offers a Ph.D. program in robotics
- Georgia Tech Algorithms and Randomness Center ThinkTank
Student life and community
The College of Computing has numerous student organizations which help build a community within the college. These organizations include:
- Anime O-Tekku 
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Entertainment Software Producers 
- Freshmen Mentoring Program
- Minorities @ CC 
- Student Activities Board 
- The FIREwall 
- Undergraduate Council 
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon 
- Women @ CC 
- Tech Entrepreneurs Society 
|James Allchin||1984||Former high-level executive at Microsoft|||
|Eric Allender||1985||Professor of computer science at Rutgers University.|||
|Krishna Bharat||1996||Research scientist at Google that created Google News.|||
|Tom Cross||1999||American entrepreneur, computer security expert, and hacker|||
|D. Richard Hipp||1984||Architect and primary author of SQLite|||
|Billy Hoffman||2005||American hacker; along with Virgil Griffith, discovered a security flaw in Georgia Tech's magnetic ID card system ("BuzzCard") and was sued by BuzzCard maker Blackboard Inc.|||
|Craig Mundie||1972||Chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft|||
|James F. O'Brien||2000||Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley|||
|Rosalind Picard||1984||Founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology|||
|Mike Pinkerton||1997||American software developer working on the Mozilla browsers. He lectures on Development of Open Source Software at George Washington University|||
|Gene Spafford||1981||Professor of computer science at Purdue University and a leading computer security expert|||
|Jeff Trinkle||1979||Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York|||
- GVU Center
- Georgia Tech Information Security Center
- Institute for Personal Robots in Education
- Sony Toshiba IBM Center of Competence for the Cell Processor
- Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines
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- Association for Computing Machinery
- Entertainment Software Producers
- Minorities @ CC
- Student Activities Board
- The FIREwall
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon
- Women @ CC
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