News from Purdue University's Department of Computer Science

Yin wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Ming Yin

Assistant Professor Ming Yin won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her proposed work titled, “Redesigning the Human-AI Interaction Paradigm for Improving AI-Assisted Decision Making.” Her project explores innovative approaches to enhance human-AI collaboration in decision-making by developing and evaluating three novel interaction paradigms: Human-Reflective AI, Human-Adaptive AI, and Human-Behavior-aware AI.

Garman wins Test-of-Time award at IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

Assistant Professor Christina Garman

A research paper seen as a “blueprint” for the first practical use of zero-knowledge proofs (ZK-proofs) has received an IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy Test-of-Time AwardThe award went to the publication’s authors: Alessandro Chiesa, Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Ian Miers, Eran Tromer, Madars Virza and Eli Ben-Sasson.

2024 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program announces awardees and honorable mentions

Mikail Khan, BS in CS '2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the 2024 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) which included 20 awardees and 12 honorable mentions from Purdue University. Of the pool of innovators, Purdue CS' Mikail Khan was recognized as an awardee in the area of formal methods, verification and programming languages.

Awards and Scholarships in the Department of Computer Science

We offer our congratulations to this year's winners. We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to your future contributions.

Every spring, the Department of Computer Science honors students, faculty, and staff who have been chosen to receive fellowships, awards, and scholarships.

Spafford to chair external board for $45M Sandia Labs digital assurance campaign

Eugene H. Spafford, professor of computer science and internationally recognized authority on cybersecurity, has been chosen to help Sandia National Laboratories in its campaign to manage digital risks to high-consequence systems.

Purdue's ACM SIGbots win world championship

Purdue University's ACM SIGBots competed in and won the VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, with a total of 114 university teams in attendance at the event in Dallas, TX.

Reversing Labs Blog: When it comes to threat modeling, not all threats are created equal

  • Chunyi Peng, an associate professor of computer science at Purdue University, said that identifying inherent threats can directly help organizations become aware of possible threats — and thus take actions to avoid such risks.

Purdue commercial air service underway following inaugural flight, groundbreaking

  • Commercial air service has returned to the Purdue University Airport, marking the next chapter in the university’s storied tradition of aviation.

Study finds that 52% of ChatGPT answers to programming questions are wrong. 

  • The only problem? A team of researchers from Purdue University presented research this month at the Computer-Human Interaction conference that shows that 52% of programming answers generated by ChatGPT are incorrect.

AI will not kill programmers, ChatGPT fails in more than half of its answers

  • A recent study on the results obtained by programmers using the ChatGPT platform to help shows that more than half are wrong. This is something that has been carried out at Purdue University by Assistant Professor Tianyi Zhang and his team using more than 500 programming questions obtained from the popular Stack Overflow for testing.


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, College of Science


Announcing our next giant leap: a new extension of our flagship campus bringing the academic rigor and accessible excellence we’re known for to central Indiana.

Fueling a transformational growth, Purdue University’s first comprehensive urban campus will offer unique opportunities for Boilermaker students and faculty. We will expand enrollment. We will build startups. We will create new knowledge. We will connect talents and industry. We will maximize Indy’s unique strengths such as sports and biomedical technology. Purdue campuses now bookend the Hard Tech Corridor: 65 miles connecting Indy and West Lafayette with LEAP Innovation District at the midpoint. We will generate talents, jobs and innovation together in America’s heartland!"

Mung Chiang, President, Purdue University

Science at Purdue University in Indianapolis

Essential understandings of science and lifelong critical thinking skills are developed at Purdue University in Indianapolis’s College of Science. Computational, math and data sciences form the foundation for innovation and thoroughly prepare graduates for careers in dynamic and rapidly changing environments.

Science Majors

Computer Science - Join a legacy of innovation in both advancing scientific research and creating industry applications by learning computing fundamentals.

Artificial Intelligence - Explore the link among cognitive psychology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence — and investigate AI ethics — for a holistic understanding of how to build and understand systems.

Data Science - Discover the intersection of computer science and statistics in a field that uses quantitative and analytical methods to help provide insights and form predictions based on big data.

Nikhil Anand Dhoka, a Purdue computer science and mathematics student in Indianapolis, is set up for success at the intersection of technology and finance. Learn more about his plan.
Sarah Papabathini, a Purdue AI student in Indianapolis, is making a difference in her community every day as a DREAM Alive mentor, an Indy 500 Festival princess, academic researcher and volunteer.


Since 1980, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy has been the premier forum for presenting developments in computer security and electronic privacy, and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in the field. The 2024 Symposium will mark the 45th annual meeting of this flagship conference. The Symposium was held on May 20-22, 2024, and the Security and Privacy Workshops were held on May 23, 2024 in San Francisco.

Twelve papers were accepted from Purdue CS researchers.

Test of Time Award: Zerocash: Decentralized Anonymous Payments from Bitcoin | Alessandro Chiesa, Christina Garman, Matthew Green, Ian Miers, Eran Tromer, Madars Virza and Eli Ben-Sasson.

Attacking and Improving the Tor Directory Protocol |Zhongtang Luo (Purdue University), Adithya Bhat (Purdue University), Kartik Nayak (Duke University), Aniket Kate (Purdue University / Supra)

On Large Language Models' Resilience to Coercive Interrogation | Zhuo Zhang (Purdue University), Guangyu Shen (Purdue University), Guanhong Tao (Purdue University), Siyuan Cheng (Purdue University), Xiangyu Zhang (Purdue University)

Eureka: A General Framework for Black-box Differential Privacy Estimators | Yun Lu (University of Victoria), Malik Magdon-Ismail (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Yu Wei (Purdue University), Vassilis Zikas (Purdue University)

FlowMur: A Stealthy and Practical Audio Backdoor Attack with Limited Knowledge | Jiahe Lan (Xidian University), Jie Wang (Xidian University), Baochen Yan (Xidian University), Zheng Yan (Xidian University), Elisa Bertino (Purdue University)

ODSCAN: Backdoor Scanning for Object Detection Models | Siyuan Cheng (Purdue University), Guangyu Shen (Purdue University), Guanhong Tao (Purdue University), Kaiyuan Zhang (Purdue University), Zhuo Zhang (Purdue University), Shengwei An (Purdue University), Xiangzhe Xu (Purdue University), Yingqi Liu (Purdue University), Shiqing Ma (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Xiangyu Zhang (Purdue University)

Distribution Preserving Backdoor Attack in Self-supervised Learning | Guanhong Tao (Purdue University), Zhenting Wang (Rutgers University), Shiwei Feng (Purdue University), Guangyu Shen (Purdue University), Shiqing Ma (Rutgers University), Xiangyu Zhang (Purdue University)

Exploring the Orthogonality and Linearity of Backdoor Attacks | Kaiyuan Zhang (Purdue University), Siyuan Cheng (Purdue University), Guangyu Shen (Purdue University), Guanhong Tao (Purdue University), Shengwei An (Purdue University), Anuran Makur (Purdue University), Shiqing Ma (UMass Amherst), Xiangyu Zhang (Purdue University)

Nyx: Detecting Exploitable Front-Running Vulnerabilities in Smart Contracts | Wuqi Zhang (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Zhuo Zhang (Purdue University), Qingkai Shi (Purdue University), Lu Liu (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Lili Wei (McGill University), Yepang Liu (Southern University of Science and Technology), Xiangyu Zhang (Purdue University), Shing-Chi Cheung (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

A Systematic Study of Physical Sensor Attack Hardness | Hyungsub Kim (Purdue University), Rwitam Bandyopadhyay (Purdue University), Muslum Ozgur Ozmen (Purdue University), Z. Berkay Celik (Purdue University), Antonio Bianchi (Purdue University), Yongdae Kim (KAIST), Dongyan Xu (Purdue University)

SoK: The Long Journey of Exploiting and Defending the Legacy of King Harald Bluetooth | Jianliang Wu (Purdue University & Simon Fraser University), Ruoyu Wu (Purdue University), Dongyan Xu (Purdue University), Dave (Jing) Tian (Purdue University), Antonio Bianchi (Purdue University)

Wear's my Data? Understanding the Cross-Device Runtime Permission Model in Wearables | Doguhan Yeke (Purdue University), Muhammad Ibrahim (Purdue University), Güliz Seray Tuncay (Google), Habiba Farrukh (Purdue University), Abdullah Imran (Purdue University), Antonio Bianchi (Purdue University), Z. Berkay Celik (Purdue University)

More is Merrier: Relax the Non-Collusion Assumption in Multi-Server PIR | Tiantian Gong (Purdue University), Ryan Henry (University of Calgary), Alexandros Psomas (Purdue University), Aniket Kate (Purdue University / Supra Research)

EuroCrypt 2024

Eurocrypt 2024, the 43rd Annual International Conference on the Theory and Applications of Cryptographic Techniques, took place at Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland on May 26-30, 2024. Eurocrypt 2024 is organized by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR).

Constructing Leakage-resilient Shamir's Secret Sharing: Over Composite Order Fields | Hemanta K. Maji, Hai H. Nguyen, Anat Paskin-Cherniavsky, Xiuyu Ye - Purdue University, ETH Zurich, Ariel University

ICRA 2024

The 2024 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2024) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference. The conference was held from May 13th to 17th, 2024, in Yokohama, Japan.

RoboNerF Workshop Talk: Physics-informed Neural Networks for Robot Motion under Constraints | Ruiqi Ni, Ahmed H Qureshi

Physics-informed Neural Motion Planning on Constraint Manifolds | Ruiqi Ni, Ahmed H Qureshi

EuroSys 2024

EuroSys is a premier conference on various aspects of systems software research and development, including its ramifications for hardware and applications. Topics of interest for the conference include: operating systems, database systems, real-time systems, networked systems, storage systems, middleware, distributed, parallel, and embedded computing systems.

Pronghorn: Effective Checkpoint Orchestration for Serverless Hot-Starts | Sumer Kohli (Stanford University), Shreyas Kharbanda (Cornell University), Rodrigo Bruno (INESC-ID, IST, ULisboa), Joao Carreira (University of California, Berkeley), Pedro Fonseca (Purdue University)

ICLR 2024

The International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the branch of artificial intelligence called representation learning, but generally referred to as deep learning. ICLR is globally renowned for presenting and publishing cutting-edge research on all aspects of deep learning used in the fields of artificial intelligence, statistics and data science, as well as important application areas such as machine vision, computational biology, speech recognition, text understanding, gaming, and robotics.

MetaPhysiCa: Improving OOD Robustness in Physics-informed Machine Learning | S Chandra Mouli, Muhammad Ashraful Alam, Bruno Ribeiro

Local Composite Saddle Point Optimization | Site Bai, Brian Bullins

Entropy-MCMC: Sampling from Flat Basins with Ease | Bolian Li, Ruqi Zhang




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.