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Welcome to the Computer Science Department at Central Connecticut State University. We offer several bachelors' degree programs as well as a graduate program in Computer Information Technology (CIT). The Honors Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Department of Homeland Security's Leadership Panel more...

CCSU security students had a great experience hearing from the Department of Homeland Security's Leadership Panel as they discussed current efforts, challenges, and opportunities for CS graduates. They also had a chance to see a hands-on demonstration of how what they are doing in class is being applied by law enforcement across the country.

CCSU student team defeats UConn more...

A CCSU team has emerged victorious over UConn in the final round of The Hartford Technical Case Competition, earning a total of $2,000.

Round 1 of the competition, which began two weeks ago, paired four interdisciplinary CCSU student teams with mentors from The Hartford to analyze a real-world business problem and create a functional prototype solution. The teams took on the task of creating a new insurance claims system that avoided bottle-necking during catastrophes. The four CCSU teams presented their solutions to senior technical leaders at The Hartford on October 11.

The winning CCSU team -- Melissa Mulcahy (Computer Science), Paul Pioselli (Management Information Systems), Andrew Rose (Accounting and Management Information Systems Minor), and Aaron Zamojski (Computer Science) -- designed a website that is connected to a database that collects and stores data from the website. Two functionalities within the website aid this process. The customer view allows customers to create and review claims as well as manage their policies. The functionalities for the claims adjuster include the ability to edit, create, and manage claims, policies, and clients.

The team was awarded $1,000, and went on to Round 2 to compete against a UConn team on October 15. The CCSU team won that completion and earned an additional $1,000.

Join the CS club! more...

Join your fellow students in the CS Club. Get to know others in your major better with programming competitions, collaborating on fun projects, or presenting something that is interesting to the group. In addition to fun stuff, we also focus on preparing you for the job market by providing feedback on resumes, mock job interviews, etc. Check us out!

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CS Department receives a $600K NSF grant more...

Drs. Kurkovsky and Kjell, together with Dr. Gotchev from the Department of Mathematics and Dr. Sharma from the department of Physics, received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation program Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM). Beginning in the fall 2011, this grant will continue funding scholarships for academically talented but financially needy students majoring in computer science, mathematics, or physics. Scholarships provided through this program will pay up to $5,400 per year for up to four years.

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CS students win a national research competition more...

Tommy Carpenter and Caleb MacDonald, CCSU students majoring in Computer Science, have won the first prize at the national Student Research Competition organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The competition took place at the 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) on March 10-13, 2010, Milwaukee, WI. SIGCSE is the largest international conference dedicated to Computer Science education that is attended each year by well over 1000 attendees from around the world. Tommy and Caleb’s work focused on using iris recognition to protect mobile devices from unauthorized access. Both of them are supported by Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics Scholarship program at CCSU funded by a half-million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Brian M. O’Connell Fund more...

Working with his family and friends, Central Connecticut State University has established a fund in honor of Brian M. O’Connell, a professor in CCSU’s computer science and philosophy departments who passed away in May 2008.

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Brian M. O'Connell (1960-2008) more...

Brian M. O'Connell, Esq., 47, of West Hartford, died Wednesday, (May 21, 2008) at his home. He leaves his wife Sarah Cox. Born in Wethersfield to the late Robert F. and Elizabeth (Shannon) O'Connell he lived in the Hartford area all his life. He graduated from Northwest Catholic High School, Trinity College, and the UCONN School of Law. He practiced law in the Hartford area from 1987 to 1996 and was a professor in computer science and philosophy at Central Connecticut State University. He founded the Young Democrats of West Hartford, and was a member of DeMolay, IEEE, and the Connecticut Bar Assoc. He loved his students, his friends, reading, music, robots, and rocketry. Friends may call on Sunday, May 25, from 3-6 p.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Donations in his memory may be made to www.alleycat.org. Messages of sympathy and condolences may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com

Dr. Markov receives a $250K NSF grant more...

Dr. Zdravko Markov has been named co-principal investigator on a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project involves developing, implementing, and testing curricular materials that teach core Artificial Intelligence topics using a unifying theme of machine learning. Machine learning involves developing systems or programs that improve on their performance based on experience.

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Scholarships in Computer Science

Funded by our NSF grant

The Computer Science Department is very happy to announce that every semester beginning in the Fall 2007 we are awarding a number of scholarships to qualified CS majors. Detailed scholarship eligibility criteria are available here. These scholarships are funded through a half million grant that CS department received together with CCSU departments of Mathematics and Physics. The scholarships are up to $5,200 per year for up to four years. There is a wide variety of other benefits for scholarship recipients, which include field trips, social events, internships, and assistance with job placement upon graduation. For more information please visit the program web site. If you have any questions, please contact Drs. Kurkovsky or Kjell.