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CISE is concerned with the theory, design, development and application of computer systems and information-processing techniques.

The mission of the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering is to educate students, as well as the broader campus community, in the fundamental concepts of the computing discipline; to create and disseminate computing knowledge and technology; and to use expertise in computing to help society solve problems.

Research areas in the department include:

  • Algorithms
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Computational Geometry
  • Computer Vision & Medical Image Computing
  • Concurrency, Parallelism, and High-Performance Computing
  • Database, Data Science, and Informatics
  • Embedded Systems
  • Energy-Aware Computing
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Image and Signal Analysis
  • Information Security
  • Machine Learning
  • Networking
  • Pervasive and Mobile Computing

As of September 2019, the department had 12 active grants worth over $1 million dollars. Faculty collectively received 34 grants since July 2018. Among computer science departments at public universities nationwide, CISE ranks No. 3 in the number of women faculty (2018 ASEE data). Domestic students comprise 48 percent of CISE’s Ph.D. enrollment (2019 departmental data), and the department is No. 1 in the number of black students enrolled in the Ph.D. program (2018 ASEE Data).

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In 2019, UF was re-designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through academic year 2024. This designation puts UF in an elite group of universities that meet the federal government’s criteria for providing educational and research opportunities in cybersecurity. Read more about this designation.


Collectively, the list of achievements and awards received by the department’s 50 faculty include 17 NSF Career Award winners; six IEEE Fellows; three ACM Fellows; three AAAS Fellows; one IEEE Computer Society Taylor L. Booth Education Award; one IEEE Computer Society W. Wallace-McDowell Award; and one ACM Karl Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.



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Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.
The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor
CISE Department chair
Tamer Kahveci, Ph.D.Tamer Kahveci, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Academic Affairs
Patrick Traynor, Ph.D.
Patrick Traynor, Ph.D.
John H. and Mary Lou Dasburg Preeminent Chair in Engineering
Associate Chair for Research
Ahmed Helmy, Ph.D.Ahmed Helmy, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator
Richard Newman, Ph.D.Richard Newman, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Coordinator