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Department at a Glance

Data is as of Fall 2019, unless indicated otherwise.

Students

Undergraduate
419
Graduate
MS
34
PhD
56
36% of MS students are funded; of those, 67% are funded directly by the Department, and 33% receive funding from other departments.  88% of PhD students are funded; of those, 46% are funded directly by the Department, 44% are supported by research grants, 8% receive fellowships, and 2% receive funding from other departments.
Both undergraduate and graduate students have earned a number of accolades at the local, national, and international levels.

Faculty

The Department has 20 full-time faculty, 16 of whom are tenured or tenure-track. Our faculty include 2 IEEE Fellows, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and the first state-endowed chair of excellence in computer science in Tennessee.

Faculty have been recognized extensively for their accomplishments.  The awards conferred on individual faculty have included the Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, Dunavant Professorship, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences Meritorious Faculty Award, and Early Career Research Award.

Research

Grant Funding

MD2K
NDN

The Department is involved in two major national research initiatives: the MD2K Center of Excellence with Cornell, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, University of Utah, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF, UMass Amherst, and West Virginia, along with Open mHealth; and Named Data Networking: Next-Phase with Colorado State, University of Arizona, UCLA, UCSD, UIUC, University of Michigan, and Washington University.

With millions in active grants, we have the highest per-capita research funding of any department on campus. We were recently ranked 55th among nationwide CS departments in federally funded research expenditures.

Interdisciplinary Institutes and Centers

Publications

Our faculty and students publish high-quality research in multiple areas of Computer Science. In 2014, they published 34 conference papers, 11 journal papers, and 6 books/book chapters.

Our faculty and students have published in top-tier venues in:

  • Mobile Computing: ACM MobiCom, ACM UbiComp, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • Networking: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE INFOCOM
  • Sensors: ACM SenSys, ACM/IEEE IPSN, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks
  • Bioinformatics: BMC Genomics, BMC Bioinformatics, ACM BCB
  • Human-Computer Interaction: ACM CHI, ACM UbiComp
  • Evolutionary Computing: ACM GECCO
  • Software Engineering: ACM/IEEE ICSE, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: AAAI, NIPS, ECML
  • Computational Linguistics: ACL, COLING
  • Theory: STOC, FOCS, SICOMP, SODA, SoCG, CCC, ITCS, ICALP, PODS

History

The Department of Computer Science was officially established at the University of Memphis in Spring 2005, in response to a long standing quest that "There can be no great University without a great computer science department in the 21st century." The seed efforts started back in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1971, where then-assistant professor Jim Jamison spearheaded an effort to offer courses in numerical analysis. This seed eventually bore the fruit of a BS program in computer science established in 1982 during Stan Franklin's chairmanship, which was followed up with hiring a critical mass of computer science faculty in 1984 and subsequent years, during Ralph Faudree's tenure as chair. A graduate concentration in computer science in the MS program was created shortly thereafter, and a new division with five faculty members was created in 1999 with Max Garzon as founding director. In 2002, the division had grown to 12 faculty members. In 2005, TBR approved the establishment of the Computer Science Department.