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College of Computing and Information

The College of Computing and Information prepares students to excel in today's information society. Its forward-looking vision is reflected in world-class research, and undergraduate and graduate programs in the computing and information fields. The College's partnerships with business, government, schools and nonprofit organizations provide invaluable, real-world learning experiences and address significant issues, ranging from cybersecurity to technology-enhanced school instruction.

National Ranking

No. 2, by U.S. News & World Report, for information and technology management program offered jointly by the College of Computing and Information (CCI), Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and Center for Technology in Government (CTG).

Major Highlights

A major and minor in financial market regulation received approval from the University's Undergraduate Academic Council. Offered by the College of Computing and Information, School of Business, and Rockefeller College, the major will lead to a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies in financial market regulation.

In partnership with the Center for Economic Growth, the College launched a new series of Innovation Forums, designed to highlight ways in which information technologies are making a difference in businesses and industries. UAlbany alumna Kathie Legg, '04, co-founder and executive director of MobileMonday DC, discussed "Politics and New Media" at the inaugural forum.

The College, the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, and the New York State Forum presented the 11th annual New York State Cyber Security Conference.

The Department of Informatics hosted its Third Annual Spring Research Conference: New Trends in Informatics Research. The conference featured talks by students and faculty researchers discussing their current work, and poster displays presenting progress students have made in their own research.

Awards and Recognition

Dan Willard, professor, computer science, received the 2008 UAlbany Excellence in Research award

Theresa Pardo, deputy director, CTG, received the 2008 UAlbany Excellence in Teaching award.

Edwin Reilly Jr., emeritus professor, computer science, and former supervisor of the Town of Niskayuna, was honored with the Distinguished Public Service Award.

Alumnus Brian Levine '94, associate professor and director of the NSA Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received the 2008 UAlbany Alumni Association Excellence in Science and Technology Award.


Kevin Knuth, assistant professor, physics and informatics, and Nick Webb, assistant professor and senior research scientist in the Institute for Informatics, Logics and Security Studies, received a $326,752 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to utilize social robotics as a mechanism to revitalize computer science education in higher education. Partners in the project are Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Schenectady County Community College, Union College, and the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

Neil Murray, professor, computer science, received a $117,000 NSF grant for "Knowledge Compilation with Fast Response."