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Founded in 1962, the Department of Computer Science was created to be an innovative base of knowledge in the emerging field of computing as the first degree-awarding program in the United States. The department continues to advance the computer science industry through research. Graduates of the program are able to solve complex and challenging problems in many fields. The increasing centrality of computer science in academic disciplines and society, and new research activities - centered around data science, artificial intelligence, programming languages, theoretical computer science, machine learning, and cybersecurity - are the future focus of the department.

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Purdue Computes

As student interest in computing-related majors and the societal impact of artificial intelligence and chips continue to rise rapidly, Purdue has launched a new major initiative, Purdue Computes, consisting of four dimensions that will connect faculty and students from across the institution and enable the university to advance to the forefront with unparalleled excellence at scale.

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Jeremiah Blocki, an associate professor of computer science at Purdue, stands in front of a whiteboard of cryptography research in his office. Blocki’s work with passwords and secure systems is finding new and better ways to store information as securely as possible. (Purdue University photo/Greta Bell)

Can science make it too costly for hackers to attempt to steal information?

Jeremiah Blocki, an associate professor of computer science in Purdue’s College of Science, applies his work with passwords and secure systems to stem the ongoing tide of hackers by finding new and better ways to store information as securely as possible. Researchers take several angles to explore password security beyond the logon screen of your favorite website.


Assistant Professor Tianyi Zhang

Zhang earns NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Tianyi Zhang won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his proposed work titled, “Regularizing Large Language Models for Safe and Reliable Program Generation." His project aims to address the challenges associated with using Large Language Models (LLMs) for program generation and develop approaches to enhance the correctness, safety, and robustness of LLM-generated code.


Professor Elisa Bertino

Bertino re-elected as Vice President of the ACM

Elisa Bertino, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science was re-elected as vice president for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Bertino served a previous two-year term from 2022-2024. She is an ACM Fellow, former ACM Secretary/Treasurer, and 2019–2020 ACM Athena Lecturer.


The newsletter for alumni and friends of Purdue CS for Apr 2022. Here at Purdue Computer Science, we advance the profession through research and our graduates solve complex and challenging problems in many fields.

Purdue CS E-News | MAY 2024

The newsletter for alumni and friends of Purdue CS for May 2024. At Purdue Computer Science, we advance the profession through research and our graduates solve complex and challenging problems in many fields.


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