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Why Choose Computer Science

Why Choose Computer Science?

At IIT, we teach you the foundations of computer science, so you will be able to quickly adapt to new technologies. For example, the programming languages of today may well be out of vogue in a few years, but understanding programming paradigms and when each is most applicable will enable you to keep up with the fast pace of change.

Beyond the fundamentals, IIT offers focused study in many areas of computer science, with courses on topics that include data mining, information security, artificial intelligence, and distributed computing. For bachelor's students, we also offer formal specializations in information security and in information and knowledge management systems. (In fact, the National Security Agency has designated IIT as a Center of Excellence in information assurance.) We also offer a master of science, a professional master's with 11 specializations, an interdisciplinary master of data science, and a Ph.D. If you have a bachelor's degree and just want to extend your knowledge, we also offer non-degree graduate study and graduate certificates, both of which can be applied to a master's degree later on, if you wish.

Our Research

Key areas of research for the department include parallel and distributed processing, high-performance computing, computational linguistics, information retrieval, data mining, grid computing, supercomputing, cloud computing, algorithm design, approximation algorithms, and wireless networks. Check out our research page: Study the Who We Are and What We Do talks and look over our research projects. You can also look up individual faculty to find out their research interests.

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Pan Chen - Senior Director, Business Analytics at HAVI Global Solutions
Oct 13, 11:25am to 12:40pm
Data Science - Seminar - SB 220
Oct 13
Nachum Dershowitz - Tel Aviv University
Oct 13, 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Computer Science - Distinguished Lecture Series - TBD
Oct 13
Sydeaka Watson - Research Associate (Assistant Professor), Department of Public Health Science, University of Chicago
Oct 20, 11:25am to 12:40pm
Data Science - Seminar - SB 220
Oct 20
Chris Johnson - Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, - Distinguished Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah
Oct 27, 3:30pm
IIT Chapter of Sigma Xi - Lecture - IIT Tower Auditorium
Oct 27
Sou-Cheng Choi - Senior Statistician in NORC, University of Chicago, - Research Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics, IIT
Nov 17, 11:25am to 12:40pm
Lulu Kang - Seminar - SB 220
Nov 17