CS Newsletter - Fall 2011

CS Newsletter - Fall 2011

The latest Computer Science newsletter is now available.

Tufts computer science department is bursting at the seams. We have record-breaking numbers of undergraduates in our classes and our graduate program has grown significantly over just last year. Although we could attribute this to a national trend of increasing enrollment in CS programs, we'd like to give credit to internal factors. Our intro course, COMP 11, taught by Ben Hescott, the 2011 recipient of the IEEE teaching award, enrolled 249 students this year - up from 166 last fall. We also expect to have a great turnout for our new spring 2012 music engineering course called "Music Apps on the iPad" that will be co-taught with the Music Department. Getting them in the door means keeping many of them and subsequently we are literally bursting out of the classrooms in Halligan, with record enrollments in many courses.

Our graduate program has grown substantially over last year for a total enrollment this fall of 40 PhD students and 23 master's students. We attribute the upswing of highly qualified applicants to the growth of our research program through the addition of several new faculty, increased visibility of our research program, and increased funding from external foundations such as Clare Boothe Luce Foundation. We have also developed an exciting new joint doctoral program in cognitive science in collaboration with the School of Arts and Sciences.

To accommodate our growing program, several research groups have moved into new research space at 196 Boston Avenue (see page 7). This fall, the Machine Learning, Visualization, Computational Systems Biology, Electronic Design Automation, VLSI Design, and Human Computer Interaction research groups joined researchers from ECE and Civil Engineering in the newly renovated space to form the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Computation.

Even if you were not able to join us for the grand opening of this space, we want to know how you've been doing. Shoot us an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and join us for the end of the year party on May 2nd, 2012.

- Carla Brodley, Chair