A new era for computing sciences at ASU
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering has seen a tremendous year. As we move forward, my aim is strengthening our academic and research enterprise by building on the school’s legacy of excellence and innovation.
Our achievements over the last year were not possible without the hard work and commitment of our faculty — a cadre of computer science and information experts — who are steadfast in their commitment to making transformative advances in human-technology systems.
In 2017, the school’s junior faculty impressed on the national level by receiving four National Science Foundation CAREER Awards. The NSF-funded research projects of Adam Doupé, Hanghang Tong, Fengbo Ren and Carole-Jean Wu sought to find unknown vulnerabilities in web applications, improve a network’s ability to function during a disturbance, fill unmet energy-efficiency needs with a data-driven internet of things framework and advance handheld device design from the user satisfaction perspective.
Our faculty also made strides in defense, health care and programmable matter with computing. Professor Gail-Joon Ahn became director the ASU Global Security Initiative Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics, which develops tools and technologies to address challenges in cybersecurity. Assistant research professor Troy McDaniel created adaptive assistive computing technology to aid individuals with disabilities, such as people who are blind or have suffered strokes. Professor Andrea Richa helped develop a nature-inspired “amoebot” to explore programmable materials — a smart network of self-organizing particles that can monitor and respond to their environment. These represent just a few examples of the imaginative work that keeps our school at the forefront of information science.
We’ve hired seven new faculty to strengthen our key research areas and sustain the quality of education our students have come to know and appreciate. This initiative contributed to our school’s rise in U.S. rankings among computer science graduate programs.
Entering the 2018-2019 academic year, U.S. News & World Report ranked computer engineering as 29th, computer science as 43rd and industrial engineering as 17th in the nation.
The combination of our award-winning faculty, interdisciplinary research and nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs has attracted top students from across the country. Enrollment in our academic programs has seen substantial growth with 6,215 students enrolling in fall 2017.
We’re also a leader in online education. Our school boasts the first four-year online engineering management program for undergraduates. We also recently launched an online master’s program in computer science, enabling thousands of students around the world access to this rigorous curriculum.
I’m proud of the work we’re doing to extend our reach to underrepresented communities through initiatives like Building, Recruiting, And Inclusion for Diversity, or BRAID — a national partnership of 15 universities across the U.S. helping increase the percentage of women and underrepresented minorities in undergraduate computing programs and subsequently increasing diversity in the computing talent pipeline.
I look forward to continuing the partnership between our faculty, students and staff to pave the way for future innovations in human-aware robotics, big data systems, intelligent manufacturing systems, cyber defense strategies, smart infrastructure and so much more.
I’m energized about the future direction of the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering and hope you’ll join me as we continue to push it to the next level.
Sandeep Gupta, School Director and Professor
School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering