The CIS department at Temple University provides degree programs leading to a Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science through the College of Science and Technology (CST). There is also a new joint degree program with the Mathematics Department and a new minor in Computer Science and a new minor in Information Science and Technology. The CIS department offers a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Computer and Information Science Ph. D. in CST.
CIS department faculty and students are heavily involved in research and scholarly activities. More recently, CIS Department research is undergoing an extraordinary expansion focused primarily in two research centers. The CIS Center for Data Analytics and Biomedical Informatics (DABI) is housed within the Department under the directorship of Dr. Zoran Obradovic. Areas of advanced research in this center include data mining, machine learning, knowledge discovery, pattern recognition, computer vision and optimization. Current DABI Center projects focus on practical solutions in bioinformatics, geo-information science, brain imaging, computational finance, video and web mining. Funding agencies include NSF, NIH, Air Force, NASA, and Exxon Mobil.
A new CIS Center for Networked Computing (CNC) directed by Dr. Jie Wu is also housed in the Department. The mission of this center involves advanced research and education aimed toward solving challenging problems in computer networks and systems, and cyberspace security. Current project areas include mobile computing and wireless networks, computer and network security, real-time and distributed computing, fault-tolerant systems, parallel and high performance computing, cyber-physical systems, power and failure-aware management, data-intensive computing, and cloud computing. Funding sources include NSF and the Department of Defense.
The Department also offers a variety of service courses for Temple students, including programming courses in Java and in C for non-majors. CIS has two new General Eduction (Gen-Ed) courses that have received excellent praise, and great popularity: "Cyberspace and Society" and "Math for a Digital World". A very popular introductory computing course, "Computers and Applications" is offered for non-majors.
Because of the rapid pace of change in computer science and computing technology, the CIS Department continuously updates its curricula and course offerings. The department now offers two undergraduate programs leading to BA/BS degrees and minors in Computer and Information Sciences. The Computer Science (CS) Program emphasizes the more foundationall and basic systems side of computing. Students studying in the CS Program focus on the methodologies and technology of the development of basic computing tools and systems that serve as the foundation for the applications software that are used at home and in the workplace. Students in the Information Science and Technology (IS&T) Program focus more on the development and use of applications software and the technology underlying this software. Students in both programs begin their studies with coursework in procedural and object-oriented programming and in mathematics.
The CIS Department has its own computer laboratories providing computer services for CIS majors. Computer systems supported by the department include six computer laboratories of Pentium-based PC workstations (Linux and Windows XP) and a laboratory of Sun workstations (Solaris). These workstations are for undergraduate and graduate level instruction and research. University computing resources are used in most introductory and service courses taught in CIS. Students in CIS have use of a special Software Development Laboratory in the new Temple University TECH Center.
The department’s computer networks are connected to the University computing facilities and to the Internet. The CIS department has a1 Gbps connection to the University's Internet2 network connection. Department research laboratory computer systems are connected on a 1 Gbps network. The department also offers wireless connectivity to the University's wireless networks with access points through out the laboratory and office areas.