School of Computer and Data Sciences

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The University of Oregon's new School of Computer and Data Sciences opened in fall 2023. The school combines the university’s established and growing strength in computer science with its five-year investment in data science­. The new school, housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers courses to all UO students and is a home to research and experiential education activities.

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The School of Computer and Data Sciences
Commencement Ceremony

Monday, June 17th, 2024
4-6pm
Memorial Quadrangle

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Faculty Spotlight

Phil Colbert

Phil Colbert

Director of the computer information technology minor in the Department of Computer Science

Senior Instructor Phil Colbert is one of three recipients of the Tykeson Teaching Award, an annual prize given to one outstanding faculty member in each division of the College of Arts and Sciences who goes above and beyond in the classroom.

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230
Data science majors
650
computer science majors
1,750
students served across campus annually

Ducks Take Flight

Liz Olson '17

Computer Science Major

Since graduating in Computer Science from UO in 2017, Liz Olson has held a steady focus on the study of robotics. More specifically, she’s been researching perception in robotics or, how robots learn from sensory data—how they perceive, comprehend and reason. 

Now, having almost completed her PhD at the University of Michigan, Olson has set her sights on academia and industry to continue her research.

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Liz Olson, CS Alumni student
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Lindsey Uribe '23

Data Science Major, Biology Domain, Mathematics Minor

Lindsey Uribe was interested in data science long before she knew it was a viable career option. She had always found working with numbers to be satisfying. But she also had an interest in biology. When she began looking for an academic program that might combine the two, she found a match with UO’s Data Science program. 

Lindsey graduated in 2023 with a data science degree and a minor in mathematics. She then secured a full-time position as a data scientist with Dexcom, the company where she had interned.

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Computer Science Interdisciplinary Specializations

We are home to state-of-the-art research in natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. We offer students and faculty a close-knit community in which to learn, discover, and innovate in a shared quest for solutions to a spectrum of challenging problems that stretch across campus:

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Data Science Undergraduate Program Domains

Data science undergraduate students can choose from a variety of domain areas from across the university. Domain specialization provides students with the opportunity to apply core data science knowledge and skills to an area of interest, including:

Undergraduate Program

2024 Grad Spotlights 

Fedi Aniefuna

Fedi Aniefua

Mathematics and Computer Science Major

Fedi Aniefua will be heading to Seattle soon after his Spring 2024 graduation—he just landed a job as a software developer for Amazon. But before leaving Eugene, this MaCS major (and anime aficionado) would like to give credit to those who helped take him the distance. 

Kyle Humbert, Alumni student in Data Science

Kyle Humbert

Data Science & Accounting Dual Major, Accounting Analytics Domain

When Kyle Humbert began his college career, he was studying accounting but was eager to integrate his programming skills. UO’s data science program, with an emphasis in accounting, was a perfect fit. 

For Kyle data science opens doors for dynamic career possibilities. Humbert's interests remain centered on his business goals and opportunities. After graduation, he hopes to build internal tools for an accounting firm.

Impactful Faculty Research 

Rori Rohlfs

Rori Rohlfs

Associate Professor of Data Science

Rori Rohlfs, the first tenure-track faculty member in the new Department of Data Science, has built her reputation at the intersection of biology and computer science. She comes to UO with deep data science experience and a passion for its application to social justice.

"There's no avoiding social context when we’re doing science,” she says. "It’s clear in the questions we ask and our approaches to those questions, who we include on our scientific teams, what assumptions we make, and what assumptions we examine. How data science informs social justice is integral to this discussion.”

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Brittany Erickson

Brittany Erickson

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Assistant Professor Brittany Erickson, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, had her first encounter with an earthquake in 1989. She was an 8-year-old, playing outside when Loma Prieta violently shook California’s Central Coast at a magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of IX. The event was terrifying and memorable.  

Fast forward to 2024 and Erickson now holds a joint position in the UO Computer Science and Earth Sciences departments, using computational mathematics and machine learning to address outstanding questions in earthquake science.

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313
grants submitted in last 5 years
153
grants funded in last 5 years
$24,000,000+
total amount funded in last 5 years

Research & News Stories

May 17, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE, DATA SCIENCE - Professor Hank Childs has been named interim executive director of the School of Computer and Data Sciences, succeeding Joe Sventek, who is retiring. Childs is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science in the College of Arts and Sciences.
May 1, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE - Assistant Professor Brittany Erickson, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, had her first encounter with an earthquake in 1989. She was an 8-year-old, playing outside when Loma Prieta violently shook California’s Central Coast at a magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Modified Mercalli intensity of IX. The event was terrifying and memorable.
May 1, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE, DATA SCIENCE - Artificial intelligence can predict disasters and detect fine art forgeries. But can it help students learn what they need to succeed in a rapidly changing workplace—and at what cost?
May 1, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE - Senior Instructor Phil Colbert is one of three recipients of the Tykeson Teaching Award, an annual prize given to one outstanding faculty member in each division of the College of Arts and Sciences who goes above and beyond in the classroom.
May 1, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE - Success at the University of Oregon looks different for each student, from academic achievement to personal growth to career readiness. Fedi Aniefua is planning to start his career as a software developer at Amazon in Seattle this July.
April 30, 2024
COMPUTER SCIENCE - Ethan Dinh, a computer science major, gave the winning presentation on his CHC thesis topic, “Proteomic Signatures of Tibial Bone Stress Reinjury.” Using a conversational tone and a quick wit, he was able to convey a complete understanding to the audience about his study of fractured leg bones in recreational women athletes.
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