PURDUE CS E-NEWS February 2024

News from Purdue University's Department of Computer Science

Bertino receives the inaugural Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia International Award

Professor Elisa Bertino

Elisa Bertino, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science and Research Director at CERIAS received the award for sustained excellence in many research areas in the discipline of computer science, including information security and database systems, and a commitment to correct its gender imbalance.

Building tools to shape the future of health science

Dr. Myson Burch

That opportunity, where Myson Burch (PhD computer science ’23) discovered how his computer and mathematics skills could improve health outcomes, inspired him to pursue graduate study at Purdue. And it eventually guided him toward a career at IBM research, where his team’s innovative work in artificial intelligence and quantum technologies will advance the quality of health care on a massive scale.

Purdue CS Bridge Program is open for 2024

The Purdue CS Bridge TAs from the 2023 program

The Bridge Program introduces students to basic computer science and programming concepts at a comfortable pace in a fun and informal environment. The goal is to help incoming students be successful in the first CS class (CS 18000) by introducing them to the subject matter, the professor, as well as student TA's. During the two-week program, students live on campus and develop a network of peers (and friendships) vital to their academic success. Registration fees include boarding in the residence halls, all meals, coursework and evening/weekend activities during the two weeks of Bridge.

Inspiring futures: CSGrad4US fellowships for computing PhDs

CSGrad4US aims to increase the number and diversity of domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in computer and information science and engineering fields. The program helps bachelor’s degree holders return to academia and pursue their research interests, enabling them to engage in innovative and high-impact projects without the burden of financial constraints.


As student interest in computing-related majors and the societal impact of artificial intelligence and chips continues to rise rapidly, Purdue University has launched a new major initiative, Purdue Computes, consisting of four dimensions that will connect faculty and students from across the institution and enable the university to advance to the forefront with unparalleled excellence at scale.


As the Department of Computer Science celebrates its founding 60 years ago as the first in America, it will add 50 new faculty over the next five years, continue to grow its undergraduate and graduate programs, and look toward a continued upward trajectory with the target of becoming one of the top 10 computer science programs in the U.S. by the end of the decade.


Purdue will focus on establishing itself as a leader in strategic areas of artificial intelligence at the intersection between the virtual and the physical, leveraging strengths in agricultural data, neuromorphic computing, deepfake detection, smart transportation data, AI-based manufacturing and other programs existing and new across the institution. The planned new university-wide institute will add 50 affiliated faculty over the next five years.


Building on national recognition of its semiconductor degrees program, Purdue will further enhance our economic and workforce development pipeline and become a global epicenter of semiconductors research, learning and industry partnership with a planned $100 million upgrade to semiconductor facilities over the next few years and growth in education, research and industry partnerships.


Purdue University is a thriving hub for quantum research and development. Purdue’s community of interdisciplinary quantum researchers focus on advancing quantum science and engineering to create future technologies that will transform our lives, economy and our world.


Your support for the Data Science building renovation will give Data Science students and faculty an exciting hub in which to collaborate and conduct research and will ensure that Purdue remains at the forefront of this rapidly changing field that impacts all aspects of life.

Contact James Parker at japarker@purdueforlife.org or at 765-496-3525 to learn how you can support this project.

Take Your giant leap. leave your legacy in the Hall of Data Science

The future renovation of the new Hall of Data Science is an exciting giant leap for our students—and presents exciting opportunities for Boilermakers like you.

Envisioning inviting spaces to gather, study, and collaborate, we are thrilled to introduce the Data Science Locker Campaign. By making a gift of $1,000 to support the Hall of Data Science, you will have the opportunity to leave a permanent legacy for you or a loved one on a locker.

We invite you to take a giant leap with us and support this exciting initiative. Your gift will help to create a welcoming and secure environment for our students, and you will have the opportunity to be a part of the legacy of the Hall of Data Science.

For so many of us here at the College of Science, myself included, the new Hall of Data Science is truly a dream come true". - Lucy Flesch, Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science

AAAI 2024

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is the premier scientific society dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. The AAAI conference series promotes research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and foster scientific exchange between researchers, practitioners, scientists, students, and engineers across the entirety of AI and its affiliated disciplines.

DanceAnyWay: Synthesizing Beat-Guided 3D Dances with Randomized Temporal Contrastive Learning | Aneesh Bhattacharya, Manas Paranjape, Uttaran Bhattacharya, Aniket Bera (Purdue University)

End-to-end Phase Field Model Discovery Combining Experimentation, Crowdsourcing, Simulation and Learning | Md Nasim, Anter El-Azab, Xinghang Zhang, Yexiang Xue (Purdue University)

Efficient Learning of PDEs via Taylor Expansion and Sparse Decomposition into Value and Fourier Domains | Md Nasim, Yexiang Xue (Purdue University)

Solving Satisfiability Modulo Counting for Symbolic and Statistical AI Integration With Provable Guarantees | Jinzhao Li, Nan Jiang, Yexiang Xue (Purdue University)

Decoding AI’s Nudge: A Unified Framework to Predict Human Behavior in AI-Assisted Decision Making | Zhuoyan Li; Zhuoran Lu; Ming Yin (Purdue University)

NDSS 2024

Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium is a leading security forum that fosters information exchange among researchers and practitioners of network and distributed system security.

Vision: An Exploration of Online Toxic Content Against Refugees | Arjun Arunasalam (Purdue University), Habiba Farrukh (University of California, Irvine), Eliz Tekcan (Purdue University), Z. Berkay Celik (Purdue University)

Security Attacks to the Name Management Protocol in Vehicular Networks (Long) | Sharika Kumar (The Ohio State University), Imtiaz Karim, Elisa Bertino (Purdue University), Anish Arora (Ohio State University)

Front-running Attack in Sharded Blockchains and Fair Cross-shard Consensus | Jianting Zhang (Purdue University), Wuhui Chen (Sun Yat-sen University), Sifu Luo (Sun Yat-sen University), Tiantian Gong (Purdue University), Zicong Hong (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Aniket Kate (Purdue University)

Sharing cyber threat intelligence: Does it really help? | Beomjin Jin (Sungkyunkwan University), Eunsoo Kim (Sungkyunkwan University), Hyunwoo Lee (KENTECH), Elisa Bertino (Purdue University), Doowon Kim (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Hyoungshick Kim (Sungkyunkwan University)

The Dark Side of E-Commerce: Dropshipping Abuse as a Business Model | Arjun Arunasalam (Purdue University), Andrew Chu (University of Chicago), Muslum Ozgur Ozmen (Purdue University), Habiba Farrukh (University of California, Irvine), Z. Berkay Celik (Purdue University)

Gradient Shaping: Enhancing Backdoor Attack Against Reverse Engineering | Rui Zhu (Indiana University Bloominton), Di Tang (Indiana University Bloomington), Siyuan Tang (Indiana University Bloomington), Zihao Wang (Indiana University Bloomington), Guanhong Tao (Purdue University), Shiqing Ma (University of Massachusetts Amherst), XiaoFeng Wang (Indiana University Bloomington), Haixu Tang (Indiana University, Bloomington)

TextGuard: Provable Defense against Backdoor Attacks on Text Classification | Hengzhi Pei (UIUC), Jinyuan Jia (UIUC, Penn State), Wenbo Guo (UC Berkeley, Purdue University), Bo Li (UIUC), Dawn Song (UC Berkeley)

Future students may visit Purdue's campus and tour the Department of Computer Science. Our visit opportunities give you a chance to experience life at Purdue - whether you want to do that in-person or virtually. Learn more about a future visit to the Department of Computer Science.




In the field of computer science, there is a sustained and significant increase in demand for our academic programs. We are thrilled to announce that, once again, we have surpassed our previous records for freshman admission applications, with the total exceeding 11,000. At the start of fall classes, 889 freshman students joined our previous classes for more than 3,000 undergraduates.

This year, freshman women students represent 22% of the undergraduate population and women are 23% among all undergraduate students.



Our graduate population has exploded with 538 MS and PhD students for the 2022-23 academic year. This represents a 26% increase in growth from the previous year.

Purdue Computer Science graduate students work in any of the 14 research areas in the department.

Purdue Computer Science offers the traditional PhD and master's degree programs in addition to a professional master's degree in information security.