Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence

The computational study of intelligent behavior. This includes research in logical and probabilistic reasoning, causality, heuristic search and combinatorial optimization, natural language processing, neural networks, and artificial life.


Computer System Architecture & CAD

The study of the structure and behavior of computer systems; development of new algorithms and computing structures to be implemented in hardware, firmware, and software; development of tools to enable system designers to describe, model, fabricate and test highly complex computer systems.


Computational Systems Biology

An integrative approach to understanding biological systems, with research areas that span systems biology, bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology, and biomedical engineering.


Graphics & Vision

The synthesis and analysis of images by computer. Graphics—rendering, motion capture, and geometric, physics-based and artificial life modeling/animation for the movie and game industries. Vision—texture, shape, motion and illumination, 3D reconstruction from images, object recognition, real-time vision/control for autonomous vehicles, visual sensor networks and surveillance, and medical image analysis.


Information & Data Management

The development of models, techniques and tools to improve the functionality, performance and usability of database management
and Web systems that provide enabling technology for our information society—including Web search engines, digital libraries, big data, data mining, distributed databases, data stream management systems, and information systems for medicine and science.


Network Systems

The study and design of distributed and often mobile systems—including computers, vehicles, people, and sensors interconnected by a communications network. Also included are the applications that run on these systems and protocols that make the various network components work together and perform well, and to optimize performance and studies of the wired or wireless network itself.


Software Systems

A broad array of ongoing research that spans the entire spectrum of software systems—including programing language design and implementation, software engineering, operating systems, and embedded systems.


Computer Science Theory

The use of simple and concise mathematical models to investigate computational questions and issues—including research in centralized, parallel and distributed models of computation; optimal approximate and randomized online algorithms; complexity, cryptography, games, auctions and mechanism design theory.