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  • #32
    in the US
    Computer Science and Engineering Program 2020-2023 national ranking
  • #50
    in the US
    Computer Engineering Program 2022 national ranking
    Up from #66 in 2021 

    Source: U.S. News & World Report

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Computer Science and Engineering Research Areas

  • Theory
    Theory researchers determine which problems can be solved through algorithms and complexity, and explore computer security. 
  • Artificial Intelligence
    Artificial Intelligence is transforming our world, and can help solve comlex problems in health care, manufacturing education and countless other industries. 
  • Systems
    Our researchers make systems work better, and enhance the performance of mobile computing, robotics, networks, high-performance computing and several other areas. 
  • Interdisciplinary
    Computer science and engineering research impacts different areas across several domains. Interdisciplinary researchers examine interactions between computers and humans, and explore ways computing can enhance health care and other industries. 

Computer Science [and Engineering] Timeline

Highlights from the Department of Computer Science (CS) and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). See the full timeline!

  • CSE 50 1967-2017

    Click here to see our entire timeline of the first 50 years of Computer Science and Engineering at UB.

  • Entry way to the Ridge Lea Campus.
    Ridge Lea

    UB assigns us our first home on the Ridge Lea Campus. 

  • computer science students work on keypunches.
    Milestone: 5 Faculty

    The Computer Science Department at the University at Buffalo is formed within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences (FEAS).

  • UB tuition and fees, Academic Year 1967-1968.
    Grad Programs at Inception

    University course catalogs first describe our Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

  • Faculty in 1970.
    Milestone: 10 Faculty

    We achieve the ten faculty member milestone.

  • Playing chess on a computer in 1972.
    Chess-Playing Graphical Computer

    Nick Findler buys a chess-playing graphical computer with NSF funds, beginning a long departmental tradition of incorporating games into our research.

  • image of Buffalo.
    Buffalo buffalo Buffalo

    William J. Rapaport popularizes the grammatically-parsable phrase, "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo".

  • processing medical images on a computer in 1975.
    Medical Image Processing Group

    Gabor T. Herman develops a world-renowned Medical Image Processing Group from 1969 to 1981. 

  • Alt text for mini computer.
    No More Punchcards

    We buy a Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) VAX 11/750 minicomputer. 

  • Bell Hall exterior.
    Bell Hall

    We take up residence in Bell Hall, placing us in the center of North Campus activity and culture.

  • collage of CSE faculty in 1985.
    Milestone: 15 Faculty

    We achieve the 15 (actually 16) faculty member milestone.

  • alt text for first grad conference.
    First Grad Conference

    Jim Geller (PhD, '88) organizes our first annual grad conference to give our grad students a forum to show off their current research.

  • collage of CSE faculty in 1989.
    Milestone: 20 Faculty

    We achieve the 20 faculty member milestone.

  • portrait of Dr. Sargur Srihari.
  • Newspaper article from 1992 describing CSE 25th Anniversary.
    25th Anniversary

    We celebrate our 25th anniversary with a banquet and a symposium.

  • image of the brain courtesy of the Center for Cognitive Science.

    The university establishes a multidisciplinary Center for Cognitive Science, uniting computer science with cognitive psychology disciplines.

  • collage of CSE faculty in 1997.
    Milestone: 25 Faculty

    We achieve the 25 (actually 26) faculty member milestone.

  • CSE logo from 1998.
    CS + CE = CSE

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is born!

  • collage of CSE faculty in 1998.
    Milestone: 30 Faculty

    The merger accelerates us past the 30 faculty member milestone. Between '97 and '98, we grow from 26 to 33 faculty.

  • Russ Miller.

    Russ Miller founds the Center for Computational Research, the university supercomputer cluster that has the capability of processing 60 billion operations per second.

  • collage of CSE faculty in 2000.
    Milestone: 35 Faculty

    We enter the 2000s with 36 faculty.

  • Shambhu Upadhyaya in his computer lab.
  • Ifeoma Nwogu, Ranga Setlur, Venu Govindaraju, Ricardo Rodriguez.
  • CSE 40th Anniversary Logo.
    40th Anniversary

    We convened at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

  • Davis Hall exterior.
    Davis Hall

    Davis Hall—Our brand-new, state-of-the-art departmental headquarters.

  • CSE faculty outside Davis Hall in 2015.
    Milestone: 40 Faculty

    We begin Fall 2015 with a strength of 40 faculty.

  • CSE 50th Anniversary logo.
    50th Anniversary

    The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrates its 50th anniversary.