CIS Update Winter 2020

Chair’s message

The Department of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) is continuing its tradition of excellence in research, teaching and community engagement. Our faculty are advancing research in several important areas of computing, with projects that make fundamental contributions to data, algorithms, and systems—and that have real-world impacts.

This newsletter highlights just a few of our research accomplishments, including advancing security in the Internet of Things, devising high-performance solutions for storing large-scale “big” data, and introducing new computer vision techniques that are being applied to images to combat human trafficking. Research funders include the National Science Foundations, Amazon, Cisco, NASA and National Institutes of Justice.

We continue to strengthen our faculty, with three stellar new hires—Xinghua Shi, Yan Wang and Yu Wang—bringing expertise in, respectively, solving large-scale computational problems in biology, smart healthcare and large-scale networked systems. Our students also excel, including graduate students with strong academic publication records, undergraduates participating in CST’s Undergraduate Research Program, and students helping to bring computing skills to the community. We have also introduced a new online master’s in information science and technology, which you can learn about at

I want to thank all of our alumni and friends who support our department and incredible students. I invite you to learn more about our work at


Jamie Payton

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January 7, 2020