Computer and Information
Science Department

About the Department

The Department of Computer and Information Science is one of four departments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Our 15 full-time faculty members conduct research in the areas of computer graphics and geometric modeling, database systems, multimedia information systems, multimedia mining, multimedia systems and gaming, networking, computer and network security, sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, semantic web, web services, and software engineering.


For undergraduates, we offer a B.S. in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Computer Science (CISC) and a concentration in Information Systems (CISI), a B.S. in Software Engineering, and a B.S. in Digital Forensics (in cooperation with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the program in Criminal Justice Studies).


For graduate students, we offer an M.S. in Computer and Information Science, an M.S. in Software Engineering (in cooperation with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), and an M.S. in Information Systems & Technology (in cooperation with the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering).


We also offer a Ph.D. in Information Systems Engineering (in cooperation with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering).


Housing for our students will be available starting in Fall 2013. Please click here for more information.


News and Events

August 20, 2014 - Software Engineering Students Win First and Second Prize in Game Contest

This past June, two of our software engineering students Adam Woitulewicz and Jordan Necovski finished in the top two spots in a regional game development contest sponsored by Domino's Pizza and EPrize/Hello World.


Both students designed and implemented games related to some aspect of pizza.


Adam Woitulewicz, the first place prize winner, won $5,000 for a game whose protagonist was a paperboy-like delivery person with boxes of pizza instead of newspapers.


Jordan Necovski , the second place prize winner, won $2,000 and some and some programming books, for a pizza ingredient tower defense game, where pepperonis and mushrooms had to defend their box of Domino's pizza from an army of jealous hamburgers.

Both games were implemented using the Construct 2 game developer framework.


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August 25, 2013 - Dr. Qiang Zhu Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Qiang Zhu, Professor of Computer and Information Science, received a research grant of $222,277 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his project entitled "III:Small:Collaborative Research: Supporting Efficient Discrete Box Queries for Sequence Analysis on Large Scale Genome Databases". The goal of this three-year project is to investigate the issues and techniques for storing and searching/querying large scale k-mer data sets (i.e., overlapping k-length subsequences obtained from genome sequences) for sequence analysis in bioinformatics. Dr. Zhu and his students will collaborate with researchers from the Michigan State University on the research.

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May 30, 2013 - Fall 2012 Dean's List

The following undergraduate students are on the Fall 2012 Dean's List:

  •  Menatallah Abdel-Maguid, CIS
  • Obaid Almheiri, SWE
  • Omar Azookari, SWE
  • Claudiu Badau, SWE
  • Jared Baker, CIS
  • Nathan Baumgartner, SWE
  • Jacob Boncher, CIS
  • Garrett Bostic, CIS
  • Zachary Bruck, CIS
  • Matthew Cezat, CIS
  • Joseph Chandler, SWE
  • Angela Chen, SWE
  • Sean Delaney, CIS
  • Nathaniel Dessert, SWE
  • Lorraine Ferraiuolo, CIS
  • Andrew Giugliano, CIS
  • Lucas Gonzalez, CIS
  • Michael Greenleaf, CIS
  • Terry Holt, CIS
  • Michael Ingrody, CIS
  • Anisa Ismailaj, CIS
  • Paul Katarzis, CIS
  • James Kelly, SWE
  • Brandon LaFreniere, CIS
  • Mitchel Laybourn, CIS
  • Volodymyr Laypa, CIS
  • Zev Lopez, CIS
  • Ryan McNichol, CIS
  • Jake Miller, CIS
  • Richard Morgan, SWE
  • Joshua Morrison, CIS
  • Mo'ath Nazzal, CIS
  • Aboubacar Niangadou, CIS
  • Daniel Painter, SWE
  • Michael Papo, CIS
  • Molly Pohutski, CIS
  • Joshua Postel, CIS
  • Steven Pranger, SWE
  • Jacob Rethman, CIS
  • Michael Ryan, CIS
  • R. Sanatgar-Forootagheh, CIS
  • Mathew Sergison, CIS
  • David Shaw, CIS
  • Eric Sidwell, SWE
  • Vladyslav Slyusar, CIS
  • Michael Smellie, CIS
  • Jonathan Suchara, CIS
  • Grant Sweeney, SWE
  • Nathan Thornton, SWE
  • Kristopher Tokarz, SWE
  • Gregory Van Gorp, CIS
  • Andrew Voszatka, CIS
  • Charles Waldron, DF
  • Timothy Wesley, CIS

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January 28, 2013 - Have Your Apps in the Windows Store!

Have you ever wanted to build your own app? Wouldn't an app look good on your resume? What if you could build a cool app ready for Windows Store submission in a couple hours? On February 15 join fun and friendly Jennifer Marsman of Microsoft to use the latest tools from Microsoft. First you'll use an awesome tool from Microsoft Research named Touch Develop to build your app and once you done that you'll use Visual Studio to make another app.


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January 28, 2013 - Electromagnetic Modeling for Communication Systems and Devices -- Winter 2013 CIS-ECE-IMSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Zhizhang (David) Chen, Dalhousie University, Canada
Date: February 1, 2013
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: 1430 Professional Education Center (PEC)


Abstract: Electromagnetics is the foundation or first principle of electrical and electronic engineering. Accurate electromagnetic solutions are often difficult to obtain for most electronic systems and devices until recently when rapid advances in computer technologies have made large numerical computations possible. In this presentation, I will present the applications of electromagnetic modeling and simulations to communication systems and devices. I will introduce most often seen electromagnetic modeling techniques and then focus their applications in (i) characterization of radio propagation channels, (ii) designing of novel engineered communication devices, and (iii) modeling of wireless systems and components. I will briefly show mathematical backgrounds and then salient examples to demonstrate effectiveness and impact of electromagnetic solutions on development of communication systems and devices. Finally, I will present future directions of electromagnetic modeling and simulations and their relevance to modern communication technologies. 


Speaker's Biography: Zhizhang (David) Chen received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa and was a Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) post-doctoral fellow with the ECE Department of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He joined Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, in 1993, where he is presently a Professor and the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Dr. Chen has authored and coauthored over 200 journal and conference papers in computational electromagnetics and RF/microwave electronics. He was one of the originators in developing new numerical algorithms (including unconditionally stable ADI-FDTD method) and in designing new classes of compact RF front-end circuits for wireless communications. He received the 2005 Nova Scotia Engineering Award, a 2006 Dalhousie graduate teaching award, 2006 ECE Professor of the Year award and the 2007 Faculty of Engineering Research Award from Dalhousie University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


Dr. Chen's current research interests include numerical time-domain modeling and simulation, RF/microwave electronics, smart antennas, ultra- wideband and wireless transceiving technology and applications.


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January 24, 2013 - Analytics of Social Sensing--Winter 2013 CIS-ECE-IMSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Manuel Blum, Carnegie-Mellon University
Date: January 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: BorgWarner Auditorium, IAVS


Abstract: Sloane's online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences* contains the beginnings of over 200,000 integer sequences, each hand labeled, succinctly described, and carefully referenced. These include all algorithmically-generated, infinite, integer sequences that have ever been described in print in any field of mathematics, science, engineering, etc. A typical example is A000796 = 3,1,4,1,5,9,2,6,5,3... = decimal expansion of pi. (The encyclopedia also contains 1/pi, pi^2, sqrt(pi), ln(pi), exp(pi), and over 1000 more sequences concerning pi.) Sloane's Encyclopedia may be viewed as a collection of over 200,000 demons, each of which knows and is on the lookout for one sequence.


The goal of the work described here is first to define a large mathematically-natural efficiently-inferable class of sequences that includes a large fraction of Sloane sequences; then to replace Sloane's enormous collection of demons by a small collection of more powerful demons that work together to efficiently infer all sequences in the class. For example, Sloane's encyclopedia has roots of many integer polynomials (polynomials with integer coefficients), like A002913 = root(x^2-2) = sqrt(2) = 1,4,1,4,2,1,3,5,6... and A060006 = root(x^3-x-1) = 1,3,2,4,7,1,7,9,5..., but does not contain root(x^2-7x+1) = 1,4,5,8,9,8,0,3,3,7,5,0,3,1,5,4,5,.... Our automated physicist uses a lattice reduction demon to efficiently infer the coefficients of any integer polynomial from a modest number of digits of any (single) root of the polynomial (a number of digits equal to Big-O ((degree) x (length of largest coefficient))).

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January 04, 2013 - Analytics of Social Sensing--Winter 2013 CIS-ECE-IMSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Winter 2013 CIS-ECE-IMSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Analytics of Social Sensing

Distinguished Speaker: Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Date: January 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Venue: 1430 Professional Education Center (PEC)

Abstract: The vision of smarter cities that better conserve their resources and better streamline their services relies in part on the increased availability of data about the real time state of such resources and services, and the increased ability to perform large-scale data analytics. A central architectural component is thus an infrastructure for data collection and information distillation that relies on a collaboration of sensors, people, and their mobile devices as data sources. This talk discusses research challenges and opportunities brought forth by building such information services to distill reliable data in real time from a large number of sources that may be unknown, unreliable, or not entirely motivated. Experiences with analytic foundations, prospective applications, and experimental service deployment examples are presented.

Speaker's Biography: Tarek Abdelzaher received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999 on Quality of Service Adaptation in Real-Time Systems. He has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where he founded the Software Predictability Group until 2005. He is currently a Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.



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January 02, 2013 - Ms. Kate Markotan Chosen as New CIS Administrative Assistant
Ms. Kate Markotan, formerly the CIS Graduate Secretary, has just started her new position as the CIS Administrative Assistant. Good job, Kate!
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January 04, 2013 - Dr. Habib Ammari Recently Chosen as Program Chair for Two International Conferences
Dr. Habib Ammari is the Program Chair for the First International Symposium on Wireless Sensor Networks for Developing Countries (WSN4DC), which will be held in Pakistan in April 2013 and for the Ninth IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (IEEE DCOSS) , which will be held in Boston (actually Cambridge, next to MIT), May 22-24, 2013.
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CIS Student Organizations



Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), is the first and only international honor society for the computing sciences. UPE is recognized by both ACM and IEEE-CS as an official honor society, and is a proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). It is here to promote the computing and information disciplines and to encourage their contribution to the enhancement of knowledge. Membership in UPE is a distinct honor which is recognized throughout the computing community, opens doors to government jobs that may not have been accessible to you before, and looks fantastic on your resume. When employers look at resumes, the applicants with honor society membership will have an advantage over you. Make yourself stand out from the pack, gain acccess to a group of individuals with interests similar to your own, and ... You can benefit from an Upsilon Pi Epsilon membership too!





The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest computer organization. ACM's dedicated efforts as an international scientific and educational organization, since 1947, has been advancing the art, science, engineering, and application of information technology. ACM serves both professional and public interests by fostering the open interchange of information, and by promoting the highest professional and ethical standards. Here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) , we established a new student chapter in 1995. Our only requirements for membership are an interest in computing and some connection to UM-D.


We have recently started a project called Computers to Educate Children. For more information, please go to




Students that need information about the undergraduate programs in our department should consult with the Chair of the department's Undergraduate Committee, Dr. Jie Shen.


Students that need information about the Computer and Information Science graduate program in our department should consult with the Chair of the department's Graduate Committee, Dr. Brahim Medjahed.  


Students that need information about the Software Engineering graduate program in our department should consult with the Chair of the Department's Graduate Committee, Dr. Zhiwei Xu.