News from Purdue University's Department of Computer Science

Purdue part of a national research center aimed at hardening transportation systems against cyberattacks

Purdue University was selected as a major partner on a new University Transportation Center (UTC) focused on cybersecurity and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Purdue CS faculty involved include security researchers: Dongyan Xu, Aniket Kate, and Z. Berkay Celik.

Scared of AI? Don’t Be, Computer-Science Instructors Say

Aniket Bera, associate professor of computer science, and Javier Gomez-Lavin, assistant professor of philosophy, lead AI-focused courses at Purdue that blend technical skills and ethics.

Purdue CS faculty share with The Chronicle of Higher Education how Purdue became one of the first institutions to offer AI majors that emphasize ethics and psychology and discuss the benefits of AI, that if used correctly, can help people learn faster and think on a deeper level.

Breaking Boundaries: Aliaga and team advance urban-related content generation using 100 GPUs

Associate Professor Daniel Aliaga

In a multidisciplinary endeavor that has far-reaching implications for computer science, urban planning, digital urban forestry, ecological sciences, and related domains, a team led by Daniel Aliaga, associate professor of computer science, has leveraged the power of 100 of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC)’s GPUs to advance the field of deep generation of urban-related content.

Pothen receives Fellow Award at ACM in JUne

Professor Alex Pothen accepts ACM Fellow award from Vicki Henson, CEO of ACM

Professor Alex Pothen was among the 57 distinguished computer scientists named 2022 Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in January. A computer scientist and applied mathematician in the Department of Computer Science, he was recognized, "for contributions to and leadership in combinatorial scientific computing (CSC)." Pothen attended the awards ceremony in and received his award from Vicki Henson, CEO of ACM.

A Conversation with Internet Founders Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn and Purdue President Mung Chiang

Vint G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn

Vint G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn, the duo credited with the seminal work during the 1970s that led the creation of the Internet, will join Purdue University President Mung Chiang for a Presidential Lecture Series event in September, coinciding with the 60th anniversary celebration of Purdue’s historic launch of the nation’s first academic computer science department.

Samuel D. Conte Lecture Series at Purdue CS

Professor Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Samuel D. Conte (1917-2002) founded the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University in 1962. His vision and active involvement nationally and internationally played a vital role in defining the discipline of computer science worldwide. Each year, the faculty identify computer scientists who are recognized as leaders in the field and whose ideas and research command the attention of the students and faculty. A select group of individuals are then invited to be a part of the annual Samuel D. Conte Distinguished Lecture Series on Computer Science.

The first speaker in the 2023 series is Somesh Jha, Lubar Professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He will deliver his talk, "Trustworthy Machine Learning and the Security Mindset." Tuesday, September 5, 2023 | 10:30 AM | LWSN 3102AB | Virtual option is available

Computational Persistence 2023

Professor Tamal Dey hosts Computational Persistence 2023

Diverse applications of topological persistence hinge on the capability of the algorithms to handle scale and noise in data. Hosted by Professor Tamal Dey, Computational Persistence 2023 is in its third year and provides a forum to exchange ideas on developing efficient, robust, application-driven algorithms backed up by solid mathematics.

RCAC hosts Annual Cyberinfrastructure Symposium, CI + AI 2023

Associate Professor Daniel Aliaga and Assistant Professor Alex Psomas

Purdue University's Rosen Center for Advanced Computing (RCAC)'s annual Cyberinfrastructure Symposium, CI + AI, will be held Tue Sep 12 | 9-5 | Fowler Hall. Purdue CS faculty members, Associate Professor Daniel Aliaga and Assistant Professor Alex Psomas will be speaking.

Bridge Program 2023

2023 Bridge participants and TAs

Incoming freshman in the computer science, data science, and artificial intelligence majors wrapped up the introductory Bridge Program in August. Created by Professor Buster Dunsmore and assisted with a team of TAs, the program exists to ensure the success of all our newly admitted students. 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 TAs. During the two-week program, students live on campus and develop a network of peers (and friendships) vital to their academic success.


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.

USENIX Security Symposium

This year, Purdue CS faculty presented seventeen papers at the 32nd USENIX Security Symposium in Anaheim, CA from August 9-11. The The USENIX Security Symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others interested in the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks.

Medusa Attack: Exploring Security Hazards of In-App QR Code Scanning | Xing Han, Yuheng Zhang, and Xue Zhang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Shanghai Qi Zhi Institute; Zeyuan Chen, G.O.S.S.I.P; Mingzhe Wang, Xidian University; Yiwei Zhang, Purdue University; Siqi Ma, The University of New South Wales; Yu Yu, Shanghai Qi Zhi Institute and Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Elisa Bertino, Purdue University; Juanru Li, Shanghai Qi Zhi Institute and Shanghai Jiao Tong University

That Person Moves Like A Car: Misclassification Attack Detection for Autonomous Systems Using Spatiotemporal Consistency | Yanmao Man, University of Arizona; Raymond Muller, Purdue University; Ming Li, University of Arizona; Z. Berkay Celik, Purdue University; Ryan Gerdes, Virginia Tech

Fuzz The Power: Dual-role State Guided Black-box Fuzzing for USB Power Delivery | Kyungtae Kim and Sungwoo Kim, Purdue University; Kevin R. B. Butler, University of Florida; Antonio Bianchi, Rick Kennell, and Dave (Jing) Tian, Purdue University

PatchVerif: Discovering Faulty Patches in Robotic Vehicles | Hyungsub Kim, Muslum Ozgur Ozmen, Z. Berkay Celik, Antonio Bianchi, and Dongyan Xu, Purdue University

Discovering Adversarial Driving Maneuvers against Autonomous Vehicles | Ruoyu Song, Muslum Ozgur Ozmen, Hyungsub Kim, Raymond Muller, Z. Berkay Celik, and Antonio Bianchi, Purdue University

NVLeak: Off-Chip Side-Channel Attacks via Non-Volatile Memory Systems | Hui Peng, Purdue University; Zhihao Yao and Ardalan Amiri Sani, UC Irvine; Dave (Jing) Tian, Purdue University; Mathias Payer, EPFL

AIRS: Explanation for Deep Reinforcement Learning based Security Applications | Jiahao Yu, Northwestern University; Wenbo Guo, Purdue University; Qi Qin, ShanghaiTech University; Gang Wang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ting Wang, The Pennsylvania State University; Xinyu Xing, Northwestern University

Intender: Fuzzing Intent-Based Networking with Intent-State Transition Guidance | Jiwon Kim, Purdue University; Benjamin E. Ujcich, Georgetown University; Dave (Jing) Tian, Purdue University

Hard-label Black-box Universal Adversarial Patch Attack | Guanhong Tao, Shengwei An, Siyuan Cheng, Guangyu Shen, and Xiangyu Zhang, Purdue University

PELICAN: Exploiting Backdoors of Naturally Trained Deep Learning Models In Binary Code Analysis | Zhuo Zhang, Guanhong Tao, Guangyu Shen, Shengwei An, Qiuling Xu, Yingqi Liu, and Yapeng Ye, Purdue University; Yaoxuan Wu, University of California, Los Angeles; Xiangyu Zhang, Purdue University

ZBCAN: A Zero-Byte CAN Defense System | Khaled Serag, Rohit Bhatia, Akram Faqih, and Muslum Ozgur Ozmen, Purdue University; Vireshwar Kumar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Z. Berkay Celik and Dongyan Xu, Purdue University

ARGUS: A Framework for Staged Static Taint Analysis of GitHub Workflows and Actions | Siddharth Muralee, Purdue University; Igibek Koishybayev, Aleksandr Nahapetyan, Greg Tystahl, and Brad Reaves, North Carolina State University; Antonio Bianchi, Purdue University; William Enck and Alexandros Kapravelos, North Carolina State University; Aravind Machiry, Purdue University

Extracting Protocol Format as State Machine via Controlled Static Loop Analysis | Qingkai Shi, Xiangzhe Xu, and Xiangyu Zhang, Purdue University

Fine-grained Poisoning Attack to Local Differential Privacy Protocols for Mean and Variance Estimation | Xiaoguang Li, Xidian University and Purdue University; Ninghui Li and Wenhai Sun, Purdue University; Neil Zhenqiang Gong, Duke University; Hui Li, Xidian University

Your Exploit is Mine: Instantly Synthesizing Counterattack Smart Contract | Zhuo Zhang, Purdue University; Zhiqiang Lin and Marcelo Morales, Ohio State University; Xiangyu Zhang and Kaiyuan Zhang, Purdue University

LocIn: Inferring Semantic Location from Spatial Maps in Mixed Reality | Habiba Farrukh, Reham Mohamed, Aniket Nare, Antonio Bianchi, and Z. Berkay Celik, Purdue University


Purdue CS faculty presented 2 papers at the 50th conference of ACM SIGGRAPH, the premier conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques worldwide. The conference was held in Los Angeles, Aug 6-12. Siggraph is the premier annual conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Professor Bedrich Benes has two accepted papers. Benes is a Siggraph technical program committee member, a member of the technical papers awards committee, and a session chair.

Rhizomorph: The Coordinated Function of Shoots and Roots | Guillaume Cordonnier (Inria), Guillaume Jouvet (University of Lausanne), Adrien Peytavie (Univ Lyon), Jean Braun (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam), Marie-Paule Cani (École Polytechnique), Bedrich Benes (Purdue University), Eric Galin (Univ Lyon), Eric Guerin (Univ Lyon), James Gain (University of Cape Town)

Forming Terrains by Glacial Erosion | Bosheng Li (Purdue University), Jonathan Klein (Kaust), Dominik Michels (Kaust), Bedrich Benes (Purdue University), Soren Pirk (Adobe Research), Wojtek Palubicki (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Crypto 2023

Crypto 2023 is the 43rd International Cryptology Conference and will take place in Santa Barbara, USA on August 19-24, 2023. The academic program covers all aspects of cryptology. Crypto 2023 is organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

Completeness Theorems for Adaptively Secure Broadcast | Ran Cohen (Reichman University), Juan Garay (Texas A&M University), Vassilis Zikas (Purdue University)

VLDB 2023

Purdue CS Faculty had three accepted papers at the 49th International Conference on Very Large Databases in Vancouver, Canada on August 28 to September 1. VLDB is a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users.

The Case for Distributed Shared-Memory Databases with RDMA-Enabled Memory Disaggregation | Ruihong Wang (Purdue University); Jianguo Wang (Purdue University)*; Stratos Idreos (Harvard); Tamer Özsu (University of Waterloo); Walid G Aref (Purdue)

Differentially Private Vertical Federated Clustering | Zitao Li (Alibaba Group)*; Tianhao Wang (University of Virginia); Ninghui Li (Purdue University)

SUREL+: Moving from Walks to Sets for Scalable Subgraph-based Graph Representation Learning | Haoteng Yin (Purdue University); Muhan Zhang (Peking University); Jianguo Wang (Purdue University); Pan Li (Georgia Tech.)


The annual ACM SIGKDD conference on knowledge discovery and data mining is the premier international forum for data mining researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government to share their ideas, research results and experiences.

Rapid Image Labeling via Neuro-Symbolic Learning | Yifeng Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Zhi Tu (Purdue University), Yiwen Xiang (Chongqing University), Shiyuan Zhou (University of Toronto), Xiyuan Chen (University of Toronto), Bingxuan Li (Purdue University), Tianyi Zhang (Purdue University)

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 profession of computer science, demand for our majors continues to grow - once again we have broken our own record for the number of applications for freshman admissions at more than 8,700. At the start of fall classes, 785 freshman students joined our previous classes for more than 2,600 undergraduates.

This year, freshman women students represent 26% of the undergraduate population and women are 24.3% 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 both an in-person and online professional master's degree in information security.