Willie Payne plays guitar in an ATLAS lab

At each college graduation ceremony, the College of Engineering and Applied Science recognizes one graduate who stands above their fellow students in academics, research and service. This semester, that honor will go to Willie Payne, who is completing his concurrent bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science.

Rupa Dachere, left, leads a panel at DevPulseCon 2015

In her more than 20 years in the tech industry, Rupa Dachere (CompSci’94) has attended and spoken at a lot of conferences. But she often came away disappointed by a lack of focus on high-quality technical issues at women-centric conferences, or on diversity issues at male-dominated technical conferences.  

A tablet computer rests on a pile of textbooks

Students who annotate digital textbooks could have the chance to use new software that can assess how they learn and suggest more effective study techniques, thanks to a project created at the University of Colorado Boulder, Rice University and the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Floodwaters engulf a roller coaster on a New Jersey pier during Hurricane Sandy.

When disaster strikes, those affected often turn to social media to request aid, offer assistance, or share other information in real time. In recent years, data scientists have begun analyzing millions of Facebook posts and tweets in order to study the collective response before, during and after a crisis. 

The simulator’s graphical user interface, displaying an image of the “patient” and photorealistic images of the defibrillator and its accessories

When Kathleen Ventre, a pediatric critical care physician and faculty member in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, began working with computer science student Josh Ferge, she expected him to be able to write code to model the simulated defibrillator she envisioned.

What she didn’t expect was how quickly Ferge would absorb the rationale for the project, gain the necessary medical knowledge and unite those elements with the coding piece.

Aaron Clauset talks with a colleague at the BioFrontiers Institute

Aaron Clauset, an assistant professor of computer science and member of the BioFrontiers Institute, accepted the prestigious Erdős-Rényi Prize in Network Science today in Seoul, Korea, for his contributions to the study of network structure and community structure in networks, as well as his provocative analyses of human conflicts and social stratification.

The five Landcolor team members at the 2016 CS Expo

A group of talented computer science students has designed a smartphone app that could help rural farmers in developing nations analyze their soil quality with just the click of a camera.

It’s one of numerous astonishing projects unveiled this spring at the college’s senior design expos, showcasing the hands-on learning, industry collaboration, and focus on solving global problems that are hallmarks of the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Ian Her Many Horses

Conventional wisdom says that kids aren’t capable of learning computer science until high school. As Scalable Game Design works to prove that wrong with middle schoolers, Ian Her Many Horses (CompSci’06) is taking it a step further in his PhD work in the CU-Boulder School of Education.

Big data. Data privacy. The general public may hear these buzzwords often, but how many of them truly understand how companies are using the data they share online?

Mike Skirpan, a third-year PhD student in CU-Boulder’s Department of Computer Science, wants to help deepen that understanding with his team’s immersive theater performance, “Quantified Self Data Experience,” premiering in the ATLAS Institute Black Box Experimental Studio on April 28 - May 1.

Evi Nemeth

Join the CU-Boulder Department of Computer Science as we recognize the hard work of our students and remember a longtime professor during the Evi Nemeth Computer Science Expo. The expo will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Byron R. White Club Level at Folsom Field.