Luddy Indianapolis students can explore even more career and research options as the school adds a new Department of Computer Science this summer.
With opportunities fueled by industry partnerships, students can develop the skills needed for today’s computer science jobs. They’ll also be prepared to create future careers in the rapidly evolving tech industry in Indiana and beyond, digging deep into artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and other areas.
“The new Computer Science Department will capitalize on IU’s multidisciplinary research to offer novel solutions and catalyze collaboration among faculty, industry, governmental agencies and communities,” said Joanna Millunchick, Ph.D., dean of the Luddy School.
“Students will have access to robust interdisciplinary research experiences and industry leaders that will equip them for success in the workplace and drive innovation that improves lives.”
Luddy Indianapolis Executive Associate Dean Davide Bolchini, Ph.D., noted, “Luddy’s new computer science department marks a milestone in Indianapolis’s educational landscape.”
“The fusion of research excellence and industry partnerships underscores our commitment to nurturing a diverse talent pool that will drive innovation in Indiana and beyond,” adds Bolchini, a professor of human-centered computing.
A 21st century computer science curriculum
IU’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis is adding the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
- Master of Science in Computer Science
- Ph.D. in Computer Science
Applications are now open. Classes begin in fall 2024.
Preparing students for tech-focused careers
“These cutting-edge degree programs will immerse students in the transformative field of computer science, equip them with the essential skills demanded by today’s tech-driven job market, and empower them to chart new trajectories in rapidly evolving industries,” says Luddy Indianapolis Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Karl F. MacDorman, Ph.D.
An associate professor of AI and human-computer interaction, MacDorman is the school’s director of Informatics and Artificial Intelligence Undergraduate Programs.
Computer Science Program Director Yuni Xia, Ph.D. noted, “Luddy’s comprehensive array of computer science degrees reflects our dedication to fostering a holistic learning environment.
“By seamlessly integrating theoretical knowledge with industry-recognized certifications, we prepare students for a multifaceted array of tech-focused careers,” says Xia, an associate professor.
Interdisciplinary and career-focused
By leveraging the strengths of the Luddy School in informatics and human-centered computing through the new computer science courses, students can take advantage of interdisciplinary opportunities in fields including:
- Internet of things, quantum computing, edge computing, and pervasive cybersecurity
- Artificial intelligence and emerging computing paradigms across industries, including health and biomedical sciences
- Human-centered computing and human-centered AI, exploring human–AI interaction paradigms and their societal and ethical implications
- Centering people in computing innovation to augment their capabilities at the individual, social, and societal level
The Department of Computer Science will prioritize job exploration and planning, and its student organizations to prepare students for their future careers. The department will offer:
- Summer Bridge Experience to acclimate new students
- Placement assessment to ensure all students are successful
- Best practices for engagement using transparency in learning and teaching
New faculty are just the start
Ten IUPUI computer science faculty members have joined Luddy Indianapolis:
- Mohammad Al Hasan, Ph.D., Data Mining and Machine Learning
- Arjan Durresi, Ph.D., Networking and Security Engineering
- Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., Imaging and Visualization
- James Hill, Ph.D., Software Engineering
- Qin Hu, Ph.D., Mobile Computing and Cybersecurity
- Hyeju Jang, Ph.D., Natural Language Processing
- Yao Liang, Ph.D., Networking and Internet of Things
- Lingma Lu, M.S., Computer Science Education
- Yuni Xia, Ph.D., Databases, Data Mining, and Machine Learning
- Xukai Zou, Ph.D., Network and Information Security
“Our distinguished faculty, a group of exceptional educators and researchers, form the backbone of this department’s academic prowess,” says Associate Deam for Research Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D.
“With their expertise spanning from artificial intelligence and cybersecurity to data mining and social network analysis, students will learn from some of the top researchers in the field.
“Their trailblazing research, supported by prestigious grants, bolsters our commitment to innovation and reinforces the department’s role as a hub for knowledge creation,” says Fang, a professor of computer science.
The new computer science faculty members have been awarded millions of dollars in external funding from the National Science Foundation and other grants and have established labs focusing on computer security, data mining, machine learning, and other fields.
The award-winning faculty have research interests ranging from artificial intelligence, mobile computing, and medical imaging analysis to cybersecurity, the Internet of things, natural language processing, and social network analysis.
The new Department of Computer Science at Luddy Indianapolis has ambitious growth plans, including hiring an inaugural chair and additional faculty.
Computer science faculty and research labs will make their home in the university’s new Technology Resource and Innovation Hub (TRI Hub).
Located in the same building as the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis, TRI Hub will be on the third floor of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, 535 W. Michigan St.
“The state-of-the-art facilities represent our dedication to providing an immersive learning experience,” says Bolchini.
“This visionary space at the heart of IU’s Science and Technology Corridor attests to Luddy’s commitment to technological advancement and collaboration.
“By bringing together faculty, researchers, and students under one roof, we are fostering an environment conducive to hands-on learning experiences and transformative research that will shape the rapidly evolving field of computer science.”