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We are a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Computational Robotics

Dr. Jason O’Kane and Dr. Jenay Beer have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help create a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site for Applied Computational Robotics. This work will have significant impact by involving talented undergraduate students from around the southeast in robotics research projects here at USC. This experience will encourage these students to pursue graduate studies and research-oriented industry positions. We are proud of your efforts. Congratulations! Visit to learn more and apply to this program.

Outstanding Senior Awards

Each year the Faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) award four Outstanding Senior Awards. This process is never easy given the many excellent and accomplished students in our program. After much deliberation, we have decided that the 2017 Computer Science and Engineering Outstanding Senior Awards go to:

  • Computer Engineering Outstanding Senior Award: Conor Campbell
  • Computer Engineering SCSPE Award: Rickey Ward
  • Computer Science Outstanding Senior Awards: Austin Pahl and Victor Reynolds
  • Computer Information Systems Outstanding Senior Award: Caitlin Brock

All awardees will be honored at the USC Awards Day ceremony. In addition, Rickey will be honored at a special awards banquet of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers.

Student Report from Black Women in Computing Conference

The inaugural Black Women in Computing Conference (BWIC) was held on January 6-8, 2017 at Howard University in Washington D.C. The theme of the conference was, “Honoring our past, celebrating our present, and looking into our future.” BWIC provided a venue to discuss, advance, and celebrate the intersectionality of race and gender in computing. The conference committee had the goals of catalyzing community between black women in computing, nurturing personal and professional growth, and discussing salient themes facing the group in society. Speakers ranged from North Carolina State’s Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, to White House representative Lisa Gelobter, to image activist Michaela angela Davis.

Karina Liles, a PhD candidate in computer science, and De’Aira Bryant, an undergraduate senior in computer science, attended the conference on behalf of the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing. Liles is a graduate student advisor for the Minorities in Computing at USC student group and Bryant is the current president of the group.

Multiple Full-Time Instructor Positions

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina is seeking applications for multiple, full-time Instructor positions beginning immediately (or Summer/Fall 2017).  Instructors will be required to teach courses in computer science and engineering, which may include computer programming, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture, databases, operating systems, networks, computer security, and software engineering. Duties will also include participation in student engagement activities such as student advising and recruitment.  The position requires a Master’s or PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, or a related field. Relevant industrial experience or teaching experience is preferred.

Multiple Open Rank, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in CSE Department

As part of a major college-wide hiring initiative, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina seeks dynamic new faculty, at all ranks, to begin Fall 2017. See here for information on broad areas of emphasis, application instructions, and information about the University of South Carolina. Examples of interest areas include:

  1. Cybersecurity and embedded systems (2 positions) including hardware security, trustworthy embedded systems, secure high performance computing, and safety, security, and reliability of cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things. Please send materials to
  2. Computational and data science (2 positions) including the development of scalable machine learning algorithms, causal inference using large-scale simulations and large datasets, data visualization, and uncertainty quantification as applied to various science and engineering fields.  Please send materials to
  3. Robotics and controls (2 positions) including autonomous vehicles, environmental monitoring, service robotics, and process controls. Please send materials to

Faculty Position in Cybersecurity

The University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at open rank in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, starting Fall 2017. The department will consider exceptional candidates in any cybersecurity areas, but is particularly interested in candidates whose primary research expertise is in design and development of secure software architecture, development of secure and reliable applications, software vulnerability testing, or reverse engineering.

SC Cyber: Can't Hack This

USC News has published an article, Can't hack this, describing SC Cyber, a statewide cybersecurity initiative led by USC, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the state Department of Commerce and announced by Gov. Nikki Haley in February.

Csilla Farkas, associate professor in computer science and engineering, has long understood the need for cybersecurity to protect against such attacks. Hired in 2000, she has led the development of cybersecurity education at the University of South Carolina and serves as director of the university’s Center for Information Assurance Engineering. The center is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education (an achievement first earned in 2010 and bestowed jointly by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security); it earned the same designation for research in 2014.


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