Message from the Chair

Greetings and welcome to Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University!

I welcome you to the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University.  2019-2020 is an exciting academic year as we enroll our largest incoming classes ever of undergraduate majors (80) and PhD students (40). These are also the most diverse and accomplished group of students that the department has ever seen. Our students are a leading indicator of the increasing role of computing in society.

Computing is more accessible than ever before and is fundamental to many aspects of human prosperity and wellness. Automation is revolutionizing transport and manufacturing and data science is transforming health care. Technology also has negative consequences. Social media has become increasingly disruptive in global politics and cybercrime cost the world economy $600 billion last year. In this environment, computer scientists must embrace the issues of social justice, accountability, and ethics that arise from human-machine interactions.

Our department has and will continue to evolve rapidly to be a thought leader in this emerging landscape. We have grown to meet the increasing demand for computer science education. We teach twice as many credits as we did five years ago to a broader audience drawn from across all divisions of the University. We have diversified intellectual discovery with an increasing focus on interdisciplinary research. The department has established 10 new endowed professorships. Four of these are Bloomberg Distinguished Professors (link) that are fully appointed in two different schools in the University. Five are John C. Malone Professors that have helped establish the Malone Center for Engineering in Health Care,

The department also has a profound impact beyond campus. We are active in our Baltimore community and our students and faculty are often featured in national media outlets. I refer you to our News and Events pages, which relates a constant stream of accomplishments and happenings related to scientific discovery, community outreach, and events on and off campus.

Please explore our website to learn more about our research and education (programs). I also invite you to contact or visit the department if you have additional questions, have a vision for how to join or partner with us, or are just curious.

Randal Burns, Professor & Chair

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