From quantum mechanics to electronic computers, from biological systems to social organizations, from the structure of the brain to artificial neural networks—the universe courses with information. In a deep sense, the universe processes information—is information.
Computer science studies the structures and operations of natural and artificial information systems. Plying tools such as biologically inspired computing, formal verification methods, and machine learning, computer science discovers and builds the meanings and mechanisms at work in our world and ourselves. Using computation as the framework, computer science abstracts and models the processes that create and transform an unprecedented profusion of information.
Viewing information in this broad, interdisciplinary sense, the UNM Department of Computer Science helps create the science and engineering of computing.
The UNM Computer Science department emphasizes:
Over the past several years, the department has greatly expanded its research activities. In 2006, despite an increasingly competitive funding climate, the department's research expenditures increased by 46%, while our new research awards increased by 27%. The department has a diverse profile of funding sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health and several industrial sources.
The CS Dept. research community includes the following programs and institutions. CS Dept. faculty collaborate actively with these programs:
UNM Faculty and students receive a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy, among other sources.