Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
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A photo of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
|Established||1964 (1949 as the Digital Computer Laboratory)|
|Department Head||Vikram Adve (interim),|
Nancy Amato starting January 2019
|Colors|| Illinois Blue|
The Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has consistently been ranked as a top computer science program in the world. As of 2018, U.S. News & World Report rank UIUC's Computer Science as a Top 5 CS Graduate School program in the nation, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is ranked as one of the Top 5 Undergraduate Schools in Computer Engineering. Since its reorganization in 1964, the Department of Computer Science has produced a myriad of publications and research that have advanced the field of Computer Science. In addition, many faculty and alumni have been leads with modern-day applications such as Mosaic (web browser), PayPal, and YouTube.
In 1949, the University of Illinois created the Digital Computer Laboratory following the joint funding between the University and the U.S. Army to create the ORDVAC and ILLIAC I computers under the direction of physicist Ralph Meagher. The ORDVAC and ILLIAC computers the two earliest von-Neumann architecture machines to be constructed. Once completed in 1952, the ILLIAC I inspired machines such as the MISTIC, MUSASINO-1, SILLIAC, and CYCLONE, as well as providing the impetus for the university to continue its research in computing through the ILLIAC II project. Yet despite such advances in high-performance computing, faculty at the Digital Computer Laboratory continued to conduct research in other fields of computing as well, such as in Human-Computer Interaction through the PLATO project, the first computer music (the ILLIAC Suite), computational numerical methods through the work of Donald B. Gillies, and James E. Robertson, the 'R' co-inventor of the SRT division algorithm, to name a few. Given this explosion in research in computing, in 1964, the University of Illinois reorganized the Digital Computer Laboratory into the Department of Computer Science, and by 1967, the department awarded its first PhD and master's degrees in Computer Science. In 1982, UIUC physicist Larry Smarr wrote a blistering critique of America's supercomputing resources, and as a result the National Science Foundation established the UIUC's National Center for Supercomputing Applications in 1985. NCSA was one of the first places in industry or academia to develop software for the 3 major operating systems at the time - Macintosh, PC, and UNIX. NCSA in 1986 released NCSA Telnet and in 1993 it released the Mosaic web browser. In 2004, the Department of Computer Science moved out of the Digital Computer Laboratory building into the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science following a gift from alumnus Thomas Siebel.
As of the 2017-2018 academic year, there are a total of 2702 students in the department. (1787 Undergraduate, 915 Graduate).
The average salary reported by 2016-2017 graduates was $96,518.
- Architecture, Compilers and Parallel Computing
- Artificial Intelligence
- Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
- Computers and Education
- Database and Information Systems
- Graphics, Visualization, and HCI
- Programming Languages, Formal Systems, and Software Engineering
- Systems and Networking
- Scientific Computing
- Theory and Algorithms
Degrees and programs
The department offers nine undergraduate degree programs, all leading to Bachelor of Science degrees, through four different colleges:
- Computer Science (Engineering)
- Mathematics and Computer Science (Liberal Arts and Science)
- Statistics and Computer Science (LAS)
- Computer Science and Chemistry (LAS)
- Computer Science and Linguistics (LAS)
- Computer Science and Anthropology (LAS)
- Computer Science and Astronomy (LAS)
- Computer Science and Crop Sciences (Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences)
- Computer Science and Music (Fine and Applied Arts)
The department also sponsors a Minor in Computer Science available to all UIUC students.
The department also offers two 5-year bachelors/masters programs through the College of Engineering: Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (B.S./M.S.) in Computer Science and Bachelors of Science/Masters of Computer Science(B.S./M.C.S.).
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science
- Professional Masters of Computer Science (M.C.S.)
- Master of Science in Bioinformatics (M.S. Bioinformatics)
- Sarita Adve, principal investigator for the Universal Parallel Computing Research Center
- Vikram Adve, helped to create LLVM along with Chris Lattner, Interim Head of the Department of Computer Science
- Gul Agha, director of the Open Systems Laboratory and researcher in concurrent computation
- Prith Banerjee, former senior Vice President of Research at Hewlett Packard and director of HP Labs
- Herbert Edelsbrunner, recipient of the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award
- David Forsyth, Professor of Computer Science
- C. William Gear, mathematician specialized in numerical analysis, computer graphics, and software development
- Donald B. Gilles, mathematician and computer scientist specialized in game theory and computer architecture
- Bill Gropp, Thomas M. Siebel Chair Professor of Computer Science, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and co-creator of Message Passing Interface
- Jiawei Han, Abel Bliss Professor specialized in data mining
- Michael Heath, director of the Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets and former interim department head (2007–2009)
- Thomas Huang, researcher and professor emeritus specialized in Human-Computer Interaction
- Ralph Johnson, Research Associate Professor and co-author of Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software
- David Kuck, sole software designer on the ILLIAC IV and developer of the CEDAR project
- Steven M. LaValle, principal scientist at Oculus Rift
- Chung Laung Liu, Professor of Computer Science
- Ursula Martin, computer scientist specialized in theoretical computer science and formal methods and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
- Bruce McCormick, professor of physics, computer science, and bioengineering
- Klara Nahrstedt, Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor of Computer Science and director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory
- David Plaisted, faculty at the Department of Computer Science until professorship at UNC-Chapel Hill
- Daniel Reed, former department head (1996–2001) and former director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2000–2003)
- Edward Reingold, specialized in algorithms and data structures
- Dan Roth, Professor of Computer Science
- Rob A. Rutenbar, Abel Bliss Professor and former department head (2010–2017), noted for advances in computer hardware
- Marc Snir, Michael Faiman and Saburo Muroga Professor of Computer Science and former department head (2001–2007)
- Shang-Hua Teng, Professor of Computer Science and Gödel Prize laureate
- Josep Torrellas, Willett Faculty Scholar in Computer Science and research faculty for the Universal Parallel Computing Research Center
- Marianne Winslett, professor emerita of computer science
- Stephen Wolfram, former Professor of Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science and founder of Wolfram Research
- Frances Yao, Professor of Computer Science and staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center
- Yuanyuan Zhou, Professor of Computer Science and founder of Emphora, Pattern Insight, and Whova oe
- Sohaib Abbasi B.S. 1978, M.S. 1980, former CEO of Informatica
- Nancy Amato Ph.D. 1995, Unocal Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, steering member of CRA-W, and next head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Daniel E. Atkins III Ph.D. 1970, Inaugural Director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure for the U.S. National Science Foundation.
- Marc Andreessen B.S. 1993, Mosaic (web browser), Netscape
- Eric Bina M.S. 1988, Mosaic (web browser), Netscape
- Ed Boon B.S., Mortal Kombat
- Rick Cattell B.S. 1974, co-founder of Object Data Management Group, ACM Fellow, winner of the 1978 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award
- Steve Chen B.S. 2002, YouTube
- Steve S. Chen Ph.D. 1975, Cray Computer
- Edward Davidson Ph.D. 1968, professor emeritus in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Steve Dorner B.S. 1983, Eudora (email client)
- Clarence Ellis Ph.D. 1969, First African-American Computer Science Doctorate recipient and pioneer in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Groupware
- Ping Fu M.S. 1990, Geomagic
- Mary Jane Irwin M.S. 1971, PhD. 1975, NAE member; computer architecture researcher
- Jawed Karim B.S. 2004, YouTube
- Robert L. Mercer M.S. 1970, Ph.D. 1972, co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies and pioneer in Computational Linguistics
- Marcin Kleczynski B.S. 2012, CEO and founder of Malwarebytes
- Pete Koomen M.S. 2006, co-founder and CTO of Optimizely
- Chris Lattner Ph.D. 2005, LLVM
- Der-Tsai Lee M.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1978, 14th President of National Chung Hsing University
- Max Levchin B.S. 1997, PayPal, Slide
- Nimit Maru B.S. 2004, co-founder of Fullstack Academy
- Robert McCool, B.S. 1995, author of the original NCSA HTTPd web server and the Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
- Mary T. McDowell B.S. 1986, former CEO of Polycom, former executive vice president at Nokia
- Peng T. Ong M.S. 1988, co-founder of Match.com
- Ray Ozzie B.S. 1979, Lotus Notes, Groove Networks, and former CTO and Chief Software Architect at Microsoft.
- Anna Patterson Ph.D. 1998, Vice President of Engineering, Artificial Intelligence at Google and co-founder of Cuil
- Linda Petzold B.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1978, Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, NAE member, and J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software recipient; computational science and engineering researcher
- Fontaine Richardson Ph.D. 1968, founder of Applicon
- Thomas Siebel M.S. 1985, founder, chairman, and CEO of Siebel Systems; founder, chairman, and CEO of C3
- Russel Simmons B.S. 1998, co-founder and initial CTO of Yelp, Inc and a member of the PayPal Mafia
- Anil Singhal M.C.S. 1979, co-founder and CEO of NetScout Systems
- James E. Smith M.S. 1974, Ph.D. 1976, winner of the 1999 Eckert–Mauchly Award
- Jeremy Stoppleman B.S. 1999, co-founder and CEO of Yelp, Inc.
- Parisa Tabriz B.S. 2005, M.S. 2007, computer security expert at Google and Forbes 2012 "Top 30 People Under 30 To Watch in the Technology Industry"
- Mark Tebbe B.S. 1983, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and co-founder of Answers Corporation
- Andrew Yao Ph.D. 1975, Turing award winner, theoretical computer science researcher
In popular culture
- In 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 is said to have been made operational at the HAL Plant in Urbana, Illinois which was meant to represent the Coordinated Science Laboratory where the ILLIAC project was conducted
- Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
- Coordinated Science Laboratory
- UIUC College of Engineering
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