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Design Innovation Center

Design Innovation Center

The computer science department is creating a Design Innovation Center – the centerpiece of the renovation and expansion of the computer science building. The Center will provide workspace and equipment for student-faculty interaction as well as team engineering projects ranging from embedded computing and robotics to visualization, graphics and human-computer interaction.

"The Design Innovation Center will encourage our undergraduates to be a part of our world-class research infrastructure. We are creating a space for interaction for the coming generations of computer scientists who will go out and change society," said Rajesh Gupta, professor and chair of the computer science department.

Design Innovation Center
The computer science building with new entrance (red façade) leading to the Design Innovation Center and the open staircase to the basement labs.

The remodel and expansion also includes a project that will literally shine light on the undergraduates thanks to an open staircase connecting the undergrad computer science labs in the basement to the first floor.

The Design Innovation Center is designed to help students and faculty live up to the department motto to "Dig deeper. Be practical and practiced. And above all, be inspired."

These words are particularly fitting in today's computing environment, where computer science students need to know more than programming by graduation. They need hands-on experiences working on software and hardware platforms. They need to be able to prototype, experiment and create.

Inspiration for the Center comes from many places including the Jacobs School's Moxie Center (see more) which helps students turn their ideas into companies; and CSE's Embedded Systems Laboratory, a space that allows students to program on hardware platforms provided by the department's industry partners. The center will integrate engineering design at the undergraduate level with the computer science research enterprise, described in the section below.

Barely 25 Years Old, the Computer Science and Engineering Department Is Driven by Young and Forward-thinking Faculty

Computer science faculty and students study and work within a rich ecosystem of academic centers and research institutes at UC San Diego including:

  • The Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR)
  • The Center for Networked Systems (CNS)
  • The Center for Wireless Communications (CWC)
  • The Qualcomm Institute – the UC San Diego division of Calit2
  • The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)

The computer science department is deeply rooted within research, innovation and industry networks across campus, on the Torrey Pines Mesa, and in San Diego, California and beyond.

Computer science research strengths include:

  • machine learning
  • databases
  • graphics and vision
  • systems and networking
  • security and cryptography
  • software engineering
  • bioinformatics
  • computer architecture
  • embedded systems
  • theoretical computer science

According to a recent Microsoft Academic Search ranking, computer science at UC San Diego is ranked:

  • # 6 overall among U.S. universities
  • # 4 in bioinformatics
  • # 5 for systems
  • # 7 for network & communication

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