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CIS Research

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One of the hallmarks of a great university is excellence in research. In 1965, when Cornell established one of the first computer science programs in the nation, it began developing world-class research programs in areas such as algorithms, complexity theory, distributed systems, languages, and numerical analysis.

These areas are still flourishing today at Cornell, and this early lead resulted in the creation of Computing and Information Science (CIS), a college-level unit that brings together experts in computing with researchers and scholars in a variety of disciplines. This focus has fostered a university-wide explosion in interdisciplinary research and is poised to revolutionize all academic fields in the 21st century.

Research in Computer Science today has expanded to include such interdisciplinary areas as robotics, security and computational sustainability. Information Science draws from computer science, operations research, human computer interaction and the social sciences of computing, which facilitates research in such areas as computer mediated communications and social networks. Research conducted in Statistical Science impacts areas across campus, including genomics and computational biology, empirical legal questions, and computational finance.

Beyond the academic units, CIS houses several institutes and initiatives that lead research and development in their respective areas:

Center for the Interface of Networks, Computation and Economics (CINCE) facilitates collaboration on research involving social and economic aspects of complex interconnected systems.

Cloud Computing at Cornell is a hub to connect faculty and students working in the multi-disciplinary field of cloud computing.

Institute for Computational Sustainability (ICS) focuses on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the way natural resources are managed and allocated by injecting computational thinking and methods into sustainability questions.

Program of Computer Graphics conducts research in realistic materials; scalable high-quality rendering; animation; physical simulation for graphics and sound rendering; and vision and perception.

CIS Research Areas Include:

Robotics at Cornell spans various subareas, including perception, control, learning, planning and human-robot interaction.

Systems and Networking examines the design and implementation of the fundamental software systems that form our computing infrastructure.

Theory of Computing is the study of efficient computation, models of computational processes, and their limits.

For more information about CIS research areas, visit the following links:

Computer Science Research

Information Science Research