Founded in 1966

The University of Pittsburgh hosts one of the oldest CS Departments in the world with research and teaching excellence since 1966. The CS Department covers many areas of research/teaching: AI, algorithms, databases, software engineering, systems and networks, data visualization/imaging, security/privacy, embedded systems, and natural language processing. Substantial research funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies.

The CS Department is ranked 25th out of 473 ranked programs (19th with respect to gender diversity) in the most recent evaluation, and 34th out of 128 in the most recent (2011) National Research Council (NRC) evaluation, jumping up 9 positions since the 1995 NRC rankings.

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Spotlight: New CS Lecturer

Nick Farnan

The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce that Nick Farnan will be joining our CS Faculty as our new Lecturer! Welcome Nick! Nick received his PhD and BS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Nick has been a Visiting Lecturer and College in High School Liason for the department since 2014. Nick received the Orrin E. and Margaret M. Taulbee Award for Excellence in Computer Science in 2014. Please join us in welcoming Nick Farnan to the CS Faculty!


Professor Kirk Pruhs was a keynote speaker at the Scheduling Under Uncertainty Workshop in June in Eindhoven Netherlands, and one of the three speakers at the Max Planck Advanced Course on the Foundations of Computer Science in August in Saarbrucken Germany.[August 2015]

Professor Diane Litman has been elected to a 3-year term as Councilor of the AAAI. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines.[August 2015]

Congrats to CS Student Kyle Amoroso on his win in the online hackathon on ChallengePost, Reinvent the Selfie! His hack called, Game Boy Selfie won the MLH prize! Congrats Kyle on your national online hackathon win![July 2015]

Professor Jan Wiebe has been named the General Chair of the 2016 Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing Conference (EMNLP-2016). [July 2015]

Professors Wang, Menekse, and Litman are collaborating with grad students on an exciting new project, CourseMIRROR! CourseMIRROR improves student-instructor interactions in large-classrooms and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) via mobile interfaces and natural language processing. CourseMIRROR facilitates learning at scale by enabling students to reflect in-situ via mobile devices. It also helps instructors to capture the gist of reflections effectively via natural language processing. CourseMIRROR is free and supports major mobile platforms and PCs. Please visit for more details.[June 2015]

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the sudden passing of the CS Department's long time Part-Time Instructor George Jucha. George was an award winning PTI, who had an excellent work ethic and loved helping students, sometimes staying 2 hours after class to help them. Many of his past students have said that he was their favorite instructor at Pitt. We will miss him deeply.[June 2015]

Professor Jan Wiebe is the Academic Keynote Speaker at the Canadian AI Conference 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.[June 2015]

88 more students declare as a Computer Science major since January 2015! The CS Department grows as the demand for computer scientists is on the rise! Recent studies show that a degree in computer science is now the 3rd most in-demand and valuable degree in the United States! [May 2015]

It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Dr. Robert Daley has passed away this week. Dr. Daley was a professor in the Department of Computer Science for 40 years, and he was a valued member of the faculty. He contributed to the Department in countless ways, and we will remember him always for his devotion to the Department, his sincere kindness, and his homemade honey. and [April 2015]

Congrats to all of the Computer Science students that entered the Randall Family Big Idea Competition! The Department of Computer Science had the most students enter the competition out of any other department in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences! A special congrats to the CS students that made it to the 3rd & final round of the competition, Deeksha Gupta, Zhijie Wang, Ashish Juneja, Charles Kiorpes, David Tsui, David Duan and Tayane Silva Fernandes de Moura![April 2015]

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Department Events

This Week's Talks and Events

Upcoming Events

09/04/2015 Annual Computer Science Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Picnic
Pitt CS Picnic
09/09/2015 Mary Besterfield-Sacre (Department of Industrial Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering) "Pitt-CIRTL opportunities to engage in and learn about scholarly teaching"

09/11/2015 Brown Bag Lunch Workshop Series - Career Fair Prep Workshop
Learn how to work a job fair!
09/18/2015 Welcome Back Party!
Welcome Back Event
09/18/2015 CS Student Activities Fair
CS Student Activities Fair!

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