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.

Degrees & Certificates

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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.

The Most Recent Edition of SIGBITS

A summary of department happenings involving faculty and students.

Student Voices

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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.

Justin Amevor Student Voices

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.

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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.

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. 

News

WPI Assistant Professor Berk Calli will work with students on a project to develop robotics technologies for recycling centers. From left, James Akl, Fadi  Alladkani, Arianna Kan, Kyle Heavey, Mikayla Fischler, Calli and Snehal Dikhale. alt
WPI Assistant Professor Berk Calli will work with students on a project to develop robotics technologies for recycling centers. From left, James Akl, Fadi Alladkani, Arianna Kan, Kyle Heavey, Mikayla Fischler, Calli and Snehal Dikhale.
November 05, 2019
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ASSISTments creators Cristina and Neil Heffernan
October 21, 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.

Media Coverage

Boston 25 reported that WPI is getting an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to scale up ASSISTments, a middle-school math assessment tool. ASSISTments was created by Neil Heffernan, the William Smith Dean Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Learning Sciences and Technologies Program at WPI, and his wife, Cristina Heffernan.

Boston 25

Associate Computer Science Professor Craig Shue was interviewed by the Worcester Business Journal for this article. As companies increase their defenses, hackers, meanwhile, react. “It is an arms race. We do have an ebb and flow going back and forth,” Shue said. “It almost feels like a competitive sport at times

Worcester Business Journal