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UF CISE Ranks No. 20 in Top Coders at U.S. Universities

Via Fast Company

With early college admissions under way for many universities around the country, we got to thinking: Which colleges have the best coders in the world?

While there are academic rankings, like the Top Computer Science Programs by U.S. News & World Report, there is no list that ranks colleges purely by their students’ ability to code. The criteria for the U.S. News & World Report, for instance, includes number of research papers produced, global research reputation, and number of conferences. In fact, practical coding skills aren’t even part of their methodology at all.

CISE Professor Honored as ACM Distinguished Scientist

Shigang Chen, a professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), has been honored as a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Chen was recognized for his individual contributions to advancing the field of computing. He was one of 45 distinguished members named, and one of 32 distinguished scientists named.

Remote Desktop Protocol Blocking

On Monday, November 21st, CISE will start blocking incoming Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections. This change is due to security concerns from UF IT Security.

What this means to you? If you have a machine with a public IP address, and you access it from outside of UF's network via RDP, you will need to first make a Gatorlink VPN connection.

We have prepared a web page to help you with this transition:

Changing the Face of Computer Science

By Maggie Kuo | Nov. 21, 2016

The online documentary series Lab Daze highlights an aspect of computer science not historically associated with the field: Cool. Created in 2014 by computer science professor Juan Gilbert and his graduate students at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, the 10-episode series follows the lab’s activities in an effort to get younger students interested in the discipline. It shows that computer science can be glamorous, such as when it’s used in broadcasting sporting events, and that it can contribute to solving important social problems, for example in the realization of the next generation of voting machines. It affirms that computer scientists are relatable, not socially oblivious wearers of taped-up glasses.