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BYTES: An Annual News Magazine, 2018

Message from the Chair

Dear friends,

At the UF Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering, we’re playing hardball with some of the world’s biggest security challenges. Coming up with innovative ideas and solutions requires listening to, learning from, and collaborating with different voices and perspectives.

Our department is home to an incredibly diverse and talented student body and faculty. Among computer science departments nationwide, we have the highest number of women faculty and employ twice the national average of black faculty members. And we’re growing. Within the last year, we have expanded our team of educators by hiring six faculty members.

Our award-winning faculty are changing the world with their research to help children in the classroom and to help the government make decisions. Worried about secure technology? At CISE, tools that detect credit card skimmers and research uncovering vulnerabilities in cellphones are making our world safer.

Here’s to another year of working to make positive change in our world.

Juan E. Gilbert signature

Juan E. Gilbert, Ph.D.
The Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor
Chair, Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Featured Stories

Kristy Elizabeth Boyer

Virtual Agent Technologies
Help Level the Playing Field

Daisy Zhe Wang, Ph.D.

Taming the Data Monster 
To Make Better Decisions


CISE Celebrates Ultimate Software Lab Dedication

Bringing More Women to Tech

Celebrating Black History Month

In the News

NYPD Tests New Tool That Detects Credit Card Skimmers

Exploiting Decades-Old Telephone Tech to Break into Android Devices


Jaime Ruiz, Ph.D.

Three UF Researchers Receive NSF CAREER Awards

A CAREER award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty and helps provide a foundation for a lifetime ... Read more »

Baba C. Vemuri, Ph.D.

CISE Professor Receives
4-year NSF Grant

Baba C. Vemuri, Ph.D., the Wilson and Marie Collins Professor in Engineering at UF, received a grant from the National Science Foundation ... Read more »

Kristy Elizabeth Boyer, Ph.D. received $800,000+ NSF Grant

Tom Shrimpton, Ph.D. received $450,000 NSF Grant for work in Cryptography


First black women Ph.D. graduates

Department Celebrates First Black Women Ph.D. Graduates

In May, the department celebrated a milestone of firsts as Jessica N. Jones and France L. Jackson were the first two black women Ph.D. graduates.  ... Read more »

First HCC Ph.D. graduates

Celebrating the First Graduates In Human-Centered Computing

The department proudly announced the graduation of its first two students from the Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. degree program.  ... Read more »