UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering

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School of Computer Science and Engineering
Established 1991
Head of School Maurice Pagnucco
Students 1036 Undergraduate
258 Postgraduate Coursework
139 PhD
Location Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Website www.cse.unsw.edu.au

The UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), also known as UNSW COMPUTING, is part of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering and was founded in 1991 out of the former Department of Computer Science within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.[1][2] It is now one of the largest Schools of its kind in Australia. The academic staff have research focus in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded Systems and Operating Systems, Networks, Programming Languages, Service Oriented Computing, Software Engineering and Computing Theory.[3]

CSE is a partner in the National ICT Australia group (NICTA).


The front door of the building for the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at UNSW

MyUniversity Data[edit]

MyUniversity[4] is an Australian Government website providing information about Australian universities. As data is collected from different sources, percentages may collate to over 100%. Information is provided university wide, and on select disciplines.

  • Computing and Information Systems
    • 100% of students have a positive outcome:
      • 93.5% full-time job rate (highest amongst the Go8 and ATN universities in Australia)
      • 7.8% of students go onto further full-time study
    • 8.6% Attrition Rate (lowest amongst the Go8 and ATN universities in Australia)

Excellence in Research for Australia[edit]

Australian Research Council's Excellence in Research for Australia initiative results for World-Class Research in Information Technology

  • 2011: Broadest range (5 areas, the next highest was only in 2 areas) in Australia
  • 2013: Only Australian University to achieve a rank of 5 (the highest ranking) in Computer Software

Rankings[edit]

World Rankings 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
QS World University Rankings in Computer Science & Information Systems[5] - 42nd 10th 29th 29th 35th
ARWU for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences 52-75 52-75 51-75 51-75 42 TBA
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities - Computer Science 105th 124th 105th 86th 67th TBA
Australian Rankings 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
QS World University Rankings in Computer Science & Information Systems[6] - 4th 4th 5th 3rd 3rd
ARWU for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences =1st =1st =2nd =1st =1st TBA
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities - Computer Science 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd TBA

School Achievements[edit]

The UNSW Garden dedicated to John Lions
School Achievements
Year Project/Achievement
1956 UTECOM became the first digital computer in Sydney[7][8]
1975 First non-US UNIX site (Version 6 Unix)
1976 Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition, with Source Code
1990 First clinical use of RDR
1991 The School of Computer Science and Engineering was established[9]
1995 UNSW L4 Project begins
1996 Cane Toad Tracking Project begins
1997 Fastest-ever IPC on single-issue CPU (MIPS)
U4600 Board designed
UNSW ProgComp Established [10]
1999 PLEB designed
Primary School Workshops Established
2001 Establishment of the Smart Internet Technology CRC
CSE Revue established
2003 Establishment of NICTA (National ICT Australia, Ltd)
Establishment of CAS (the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems)
2005 Fastest-ever IPC (Itanium)
2006 Happy Feet - Christian So, Lead Animator for "Mumble"
UNSW L4 Deployment reaches 1 million
Orion Search Engine, written by Ori Allon, bought by Google
2007 Freescale Technical Innovation Award
NICTA L4 Deployment reaches 10 million
Robotics Workshops established [11]
2008 ARTEMIS Orchestra Contest, world champions with the Robot Clarinet
John Lions Chair in Computer Science Established
OKL4 Deployment reaches 100 million
2009 HS1917 established [12]
L4.verified
OK L4 Deployment reaches 500 million
2010 ARWU Ranked 1st in Australia for Computer Science
2011 Excellence in Research for Australia Broadest range (5 areas) of research in Information and Computing Sciences
2013 Excellence in Research for Australia Only Australian University to achieve a rank of 5 (the highest ranking) in Computer Software
2013 Most Number of Tech Startups for any Australian University[13]
RoboCup Rescue Robot League
Year Host Rank
2005 Osaka - Japan 3rd Overall
2006 Bremen - Germany 2nd in Autonomy
2009 Graz - Austria 1st Autonomy
2nd Mobility
Innovative Operator Interface
2010 Singapore 1st Autonomy
1st mobility

Student Projects[edit]

rUNSWift in a four legged league game from RoboCup 2006 in Breman, Germany.
rUNSWift in a Standard Platform League game from RoboCup 2010 in Singapore.
Sunswift IVy During the World Solar-Car Speed Record attempt.

Students of the School are involved in a number of high-profile projects, including:

  • rUNSWift, the University's team in the international RoboCup Standard Platform League competition, is the most successful team in the world, with wins in 2000, 2001 and 2003 as well as coming second in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2010.
RoboCup Standard Platform League
Year Result Final
Winners Score Runners-up
1999
(AIBO)
2nd LRP
 France
4-1 UNSW United (UNSW)
 Australia
2000
(AIBO)
1st UNSW United (UNSW)
 Australia
10-0 LRP
 France
2001
(AIBO)
1st UNSW United (UNSW)
 Australia
9-2 CM United
 United States
2002
(AIBO)
2nd CM United
 United States
3-3 rUNSWift (UNSW)
 Australia
2003
(AIBO)
1st rUNSWift (UNSW)
 Australia
4-3 UPennalizers
 United States
2006
(AIBO)
2nd NUBots
 Australia
7-3 rUNSWift (UNSW)
 Australia
2010
(Nao)
2nd B-Human
 Germany
6-1 rUNSWift (UNSW)
 Australia
2014
(Nao)
1st rUNSWift (UNSW)
 Australia
5-1 HTWK
 Germany

Student Competitions[edit]

Icpc logo.png
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
Year South Pacific World Finals
2000/01 1st, 5th =11th
2001/02 1st, 2nd =11th
2002/03 1st, 2nd =21st
2003/04 1st, 7th =15th
2004/05 1st Honourable Mention
2005/06 3rd -
2006/07 2nd =44th
2010/11 1st, 9th 63rd
2011/12 1st, 4th, 8th =36th
2012/13 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th =60th
2013/14 1st, 2nd, 6th, 9th TBA


Other Contests
Year Contest Australian Rank World Rank
2015 DEF CON CTF Qualification[15] 1st 3rd
2014 DEF CON CTF Qualification[16] 1st 3rd
2014 Cyber Security Challenge Australia[17] 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th N/A
2013 DEF CON[18] 1st 10th
2013 SECUINSIDE[19] 1st 4th
2013 Cyber Security Challenge Australia[20] 1st, 2nd, 3rd N/A
2013 Imagine Cup[21] 1st 3rd
2013 Codehire Cup[22] 2nd (Students) N/A
2013 Appathon[23] 2nd N/A
2013 CiSRA Extreme Imaging[24] 2nd N/A
2012 Cyber Security Challenge Australia[25] 1st N/A

Computing Facilities[edit]

The School has computer laboratories for coursework teaching and student projects, including a number of specialist laboratories. In total, the network consists of approximately 700 computers for teaching, research and administration.[26]

  • 260 Intel-based computers running Linux in 13 generic teaching laboratories. Over 100 of these are iMacs, and Windows is available in "virtual machines" on all Linux labs
  • 20 computers running Mac OS X in a teaching lab
  • 40 Linux computers reserved for thesis students
  • 50 computers in specialist teaching laboratories
  • 45 computers in 3 virtual laboratories for teaching
  • 30 locally developed research machines of various kinds
  • 200 systems of various hardware and software configurations for academic staff and research students
  • 50 computers for administration and systems support
  • 35 Linux-based servers providing a number of server functions
  • 33 computers in two Linux clusters for research

The School is committed to regular upgrades of its facilities and invests over $700,000 per year on equipment replacement.
UNSW also has a high capacity free wireless Internet service for students and staff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hampton, B., Allen, B., Loeffel, R. The History of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering 1949-2009. UNSW Press 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au/documents/ElectronicComput-A405.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au CSE Website
  4. ^ http://myuniversity.gov.au MyUniversity Website
  5. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2013/computer-science-and-information-systems?loc=Australia&field_ranking_scores_888766=0.4&field_ranking_scores_888771=0.3&field_ranking_scores_888776=0.15&field_ranking_scores_888781=0.15&custom_ranking=&save_my_rankings_data_sort=2%2Casc%2C0&save_my_rankings_data_limit=50&save_my_rankings_data_search=&save_my_rankings_data_start=0 QS Website for Australian CS and IS Rankings
  6. ^ http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/university-subject-rankings/2013/computer-science-and-information-systems?loc=Australia&field_ranking_scores_888766=0.4&field_ranking_scores_888771=0.3&field_ranking_scores_888776=0.15&field_ranking_scores_888781=0.15&custom_ranking=&save_my_rankings_data_sort=2%2Casc%2C0&save_my_rankings_data_limit=50&save_my_rankings_data_search=&save_my_rankings_data_start=0 QS Website for Australian CS and IS Rankings
  7. ^ Hampton, B., Allen, B., Loeffel, R. The History of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering 1949-2009. UNSW Press 2009.
  8. ^ https://www.recordkeeping.unsw.edu.au/historicalresources/onlineexhibitions/unitimelineexhibition/1949_1959.html#1956
  9. ^ Hampton, B., Allen, B., Loeffel, R. The History of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering 1949-2009. UNSW Press 2009.
  10. ^ http://www.computing.unsw.edu.au/school-programs/progcomp/ UNSW COMPUTING ProgComp Website
  11. ^ http://www.computing.unsw.edu.au/school-programs/robotics/ UNSW COMPUTING Workshops Website
  12. ^ http://www.computing.unsw.edu.au/school-programs/high-school-computing/ UNSW COMPUTING HS1917 Website
  13. ^ http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/university-of-new-south-wales-tops-list-of-australian-universities-producing-technology-entrepreneurs/2013082010514.html CrunchBase story in StartupSmart Website
  14. ^ http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/aussie-car-breaks-a-world-speed-record-20110107-19i7j.html
  15. ^ https://2015.legitbs.net/scoreboard Def Con Website
  16. ^ https://2014.legitbs.net/scoreboard Def Con Website
  17. ^ https://scoring.cyberchallenge.com.au Cyber Security Challenge Australia Website
  18. ^ http://defcon.org Def Con Website
  19. ^ http://war.secuinside.com/ SECUINSIDE Website
  20. ^ https://scoring.cyberchallenge.com.au Cyber Security Challenge Australia Website
  21. ^ http://icsocialmediateam.com/2013/04/23/imagine-cup-2013-australian-local-finals/ Imagine Cup Australia Website
  22. ^ http://www.shoestring.com.au/2013/07/finding-australias-top-coding-talent/ Codehire Cup in ShoeString Website
  23. ^ http://appathon.com.au/category/blog/ Appathon
  24. ^ http://www.extremeimaging.cisra.canon.com.au/archive_2012.html CiSRA Extreme Imaging
  25. ^ https://scoring.cyberchallenge.com.au Cyber Security Challenge Australia
  26. ^ http://www.computing.unsw.edu.au/about/facilities.html UNSW COMPUTING Website

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