WPI’s Computer Science department is as diverse and varied as the field of computer science itself, offering courses and specializations in areas such as human-robotic interaction, intelligent tutoring and educational data mining, bioinformatics, computer security and privacy, and graphics and animation, among many others. WPI stays at the forefront of this ever-growing industry so that as society's use of computers expands, our students are confident in their knowledge of developing technologies in the real world through their work on large-scale team projects that make a real difference to the community.

Our hands-on education ensures that graduates of the Computer Science program leave WPI as problem-solvers and accomplished researchers who are ready to hit the ground running and make immediate contributions to this exciting and dynamic field.

CS Department Celebrated 50th Anniversary March 16, 2019

 

Our Computer Science 50th Anniversary Celebration was a wonderful event!

Thank you to all that made the trip back to campus to celebrate with us. 

See Photos and a Panel Video from the day. 

Degrees & Certificates

Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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A Cybersecurity concentration is available within the Bachelor of Computer Science degree.  A Cybersecurity specialization is available within the Master’s or PhD in Computer Science.

Daniel S

Daniel S.

Junior, BS in Computer Science

Danny’s interdisciplinary team focused on reevaluating and improving the climate change resiliency and chemical safety program of their sponsor, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA). Through interviews, surveys, and site visits, the team presented OTA with solutions to increase the effectiveness of their program and create safer workplaces for all.

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Justin A.

Junior, BS in Computer Science

Justin has taken advantage of all WPI has to offer, and the balanced mix of academics and extracurricular activities melds his interests perfectly.

Julie Valim

Julie V.

Junior, BS in Computer Science

Julie has loved computers since elementary school, and WPI is the perfect place to pursue her passions - including computer science, music, and video games.

Mikel M

Mikel M.

BS, Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Design (IMGD)
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Thomas W.

Junior, BS in Computer Science; Minor in Business

Thomas and the other members of his team researched the redevelopment options for Boston's four Inner Harbor Designated Port Areas (DPAs). Through interviews with representatives from community groups, site visits, and examinations of solutions that have proven in other local and international areas, Thomas and his teammates presented their sponsor, Boston Harbor Now, with several options on how to utilize the vacant land within the Inner Harbor meant to protect marine-dependent industries.

The Most Recent Edition of SIGBITS

A summary of department happenings involving faculty and students.

News

QCC transfer students
(L-R) Chris Renfro, Mark Hogan, Julie Chapman, Vu Nguyen, and Cara Freedman
May 22, 2019
WPI undergraduate student playing game
Leo Bunyea '19 playing the game he created, Gotta Go
May 08, 2019

Careers in Computer Science

The widespread and increasing use of computers and information technology has generated a need for highly trained, innovative workers with extensive practical and theoretical expertise. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continually predicts a faster-than-average growth rate in computer science jobs, thanks to the continued creation and adoption of new technologies.

In the News

Nature reported on the increased demand of AI researchers by universities and businesses, citing a report by Craig Wills, professor and department head of computer science, who has been studying the increase in unfilled tenure track faculty positions in this field.  
 

Nature International Weekly Journal of Science

In their “Eye on Education” segment, WBZ-TV Boston featured research led by computer science assistant professor Erin Solovey, who, through a collaborative $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, will explore the use of sensors to measure brain activity during learning.

CBS Boston