Department of Computer Science

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The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) recently designated Vanderbilt University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Research, positioning the university as a premier institution for cyber-related education and innovation.

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Department Overview

Computer scientists are actively involved in developing breakthrough technologies from software for mobile devices to artificial intelligence and machine learning and from cybersecurity to smart healthcare systems that transform every aspect of our lives. Given the opportunities and the impact of technology, there is no better time to consider a career as a computer scientist!

The CS department offers an accredited undergraduate degree in computer science. At the graduate level, we offer M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in computer science. Our undergraduate and graduate curricula are constantly refined to meet real-world demands and today's rapid changes in technology with a goal to provide students with the skills required for addressing the challenges of the 21st century. Prevalent throughout the department is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research to enhance the exchange of ideas.

Our faculty are renowned leaders in their respective fields, extraordinary teachers, and dedicated mentors. We are committed to our core values of educational, research, and inclusive excellence.


Department Faculty

The Computer Science department faculty have a broad range of specialties and research areas. All faculty members are active in research and the direction of graduate student projects.

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Faculty, research engineers and students engage in leading scholarship and significant research in both industry and government.

Research Institutes

Faculty in the Department of Computer Science work with several interdisciplinary research institutes as part of a high-impact research portfolio.

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Computer Science Degree Programs

Graduate Programs

Our M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs are structured around computing foundations, computer and network systems, information and intelligent systems, and medical image computing, and encourage both fundamental and interdisciplinary research. State-of-the-art facilities that include computational resources, networks, and laboratories are available to support research activities.

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Undergraduate Programs

Our accredited undergraduate computer science program blends scientific and engineering principles, theoretical analysis and actual computing experience to provide students with a solid foundation in the discipline. Emphasis is on computing activities of both practical and intellectual interest and theoretical studies of efficient algorithms and the limits of computation.

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"On behalf of the CS faculty, I invite you to explore and learn more about the exceptional opportunities available in our educational and research programs. If you have questions or comments, please, do not hesitate to contact us."

Xenofon Koutsoukos

Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

Contact Information

Xenofon Koutsoukos, Chair

Julie Johnson, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ipek Oguz, Director of Graduate Recruitment

Abhishek Dubey, Director of Graduate Studies (MS)

Taylor Johnson, Director of Graduate Studies (PhD)

Department Administration Staff

Mailing Address

Department of Computer Science
Vanderbilt University
1400 18th Avenue South, Suite A4004
Nashville, TN 37212

Phone: 615-322-1702