Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We hope our web pages will acquaint you with our dual missions of pursuing world-class research and providing exceptional graduate and undergraduate education.
These are exciting times to be a computer scientist. Computers and software are integrated with just about every facet of modern life and are enabling advances in business, health care, education, social science, and the arts, as well as science and engineering. That smartphone in your pocket today is a fully functional computer – one that is more powerful than the computer that was on your desk just 5-6 years ago. As our website will show, the faculty and students in computer science at UNC Chapel Hill are contributing to the current computing revolution by taking leadership roles in research in a large number of fields including computer graphics and image processing, computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, computer and network security, data mining, bioinformatics, real-time and embedded systems, computer architecture, and high-performance and parallel computing. These faculty continue to win awards for teaching, research, and service including the A. M. Turing Award, the Bower Award and Prize in Science, NSF Young Faculty CAREER awards, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, Microsoft New Faculty Fellowships, and the Satava Award for contributions to medicine. We also have one National Academy of Sciences and two National Academy of Engineering members.
Throughout our history, two themes have been at the core of much of our research. First, we work collaboratively, and second, we look for real problems whose solutions will do some good. Research clusters of faculty, technical staff, and students collaborate with colleagues in industry, at other academic institutions, and in other departments at UNC-Chapel Hill to solve important and challenging problems. We have ongoing collaborations with radiologists, radiation oncologists, molecular biologists, physicists, chemists, and astronomers, just to name a few.
We also have a long and successful tradition of involving undergraduates in research. Each year, opportunities are available for students to join research groups or to pursue problems of their own design, while working closely with a faculty member. In addition, we have an active culture of sending students to pursue internships with leading companies big and small. Students can even pursue a co-op experience by working at an approved company for up to nine months.
Our university and this department is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s very best. We hope this website will convey the sense of excitement that pervades the department as we make new discoveries and educate the state’s and the nation’s best students.
Dr. Kevin Jeffay
Gillian Cell Distinguished Professor and Chair