Department of Computer Science

Department Spotlight Department Spotlight

Tulane University Presents Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence

The advent and consequences of superhuman intelligence will be the subject of a panel discussion Feb. 1 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Freeman Auditorium, located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the uptown campus of Tulane University.

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Ethics May Be the Next Challenge For Artificial Intelligence Engineers

Brent Venable, associate professor at Tulane’s Department of Computer Science, now has a grant from the Future of Life Institute, funded by Elon Musk to investigate safety in self-driving cars.

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Amped Up for Artificial Intelligence

Computer scientists (including Tulane’s Brent Venable) are in the thick of the hot field of artificial intelligence. They touch lives in all kinds of ways from programming ethics into self-driving cars to interpreting how the brain reads sounds.

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Mapping Her Own Way

Wenk and collaborators Yusu Wang from Ohio State University and Brittany Fasy from Montana State University recently received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The team uses graphs representing road networks as a framework for analyzing network data.

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Tulane’s Department of Computer Science Is Hiring!

The Computer Science Department anticipates multiple hires at all levels as it continues to build its new program. This year we are particularly pleased to announce the Yahoo! Founder Chair in systems. The Yahoo! Founder Chair will anchor a new research group in systems, an area where we expect to make multiple hires. We invite interested applicants to contact the department chair, Professor Michael Mislove, at about their potential candidacy. We also anticipate hires in machine learning. These positions are open at all ranks. Each of the successful candidates has the possibility of a joint appointment with IHMC. Our goal is to continue to develop a distinguished faculty representing a broad range of areas of computer science. For more information, follow the link above to Open Positions.

Upcoming Seminars Upcoming Seminars

No seminars are scheduled at this time until Fall 2018.

Welcome to the Tulane Department
of Computer Science

Message from the Chair »

Welcome to the Tulane University Computer Science website. Our department is now in its sixth year, and our innovative computer science program has reached some important milestones:

  • We have seven tenured/tenure-track faculty and one Professor of Practice. Two of our faculty - Brent Venable and Parisa Kordjamshidi - hold joint appointments with the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition, one of the world’s leading AI research institutes.
  • Nineteen students completed our undergraduate coordinate major last year, and twenty-four students will complete the program this year.
  • Our recent undergraduates have found jobs in computer science and related areas, and several are pursuing PhD degrees at leading departments.
    • We welcomed the first class for our new PhD program this fall. In all, we have eight PhD students, and we are recruiting a class of five new students for Fall 2018. For more information about our program and to apply, follow the link under Academics.
  • Diversity is a highlight across our department: our faculty is 50% female, four of our PhD students are women, and women make up a significant proportion of our undergraduate enrollment.
  • Our faculty has attracted a number of significant research awards: Brent Venable and Ram Mettu have NIH grants, Carola Wenk has a remarkable four NSF grants, Brian Summa has an NSF grant, Zizhan Zheng has a Louisiana BoR grant, and Mike Mislove is the lead PI on a DoD MURI project that involves three other institutions (Stanford, UIowa, and UPenn).
  • We are hiring! We anticipate hiring two tenure-track/tenured faculty this year and a second Professor of Practice. We also are searching for the Yahoo! Founder Chair, where we hope to attract a senior researcher in an area related to data. The successful candidate will anchor our research activities by leading research collaborations within the department, in SSE, and across the other Tulane schools and colleges. For more details about our open positions, see here.

Our program emphasizes both core computer science and its application to related areas in the sciences and engineering, as well as the health and social sciences. We are committed to becoming a leading department whose faculty and students are recognized nationally and internationally for their research. Our educational goal is to be a leader in training the next generation of computer scientists who work at applying computer science at the interface with related disciplines.

We welcome inquiries about our program - please email me at with your questions and comments. Also, please visit this space often for information about the progress of Tulane Computer Science.

Mike Mislove, Chair

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