The Ph.D. program allows outstanding students who want to change the face of computer science to work with world-class faculty in cutting-edge research. All Ph.D. students must have research interests in the areas supported by current faculty. All Ph.D. students must study full time and receive full financial support. Students start their research immediately with a faculty advisor. The major research interests of the faculty in the department are:
- Computer Security: privacy-preserving data mining, wireless network security, cryptography, phishing, botnets, and language-based security including information flow control.
- Computer Vision, Visualization, and Graphics: 3D shape from images, differential geometry methods, organizing unorganized point clouds, dynamic scene analysis, shape analysis and indexing.
- Software Engineering: high assurance, formal methods, trustworthy computing, software engineering education.