Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information.

Ours is one of the oldest CS Departments in the world, with research and teaching excellence since 1966. Our Department covers many areas of research/teaching: AI, algorithms, databases, software engineering, systems and networks, data visualization/imaging, security/privacy, embedded systems, and natural language processing. Substantial research funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies.

The University of Pittsburgh is located in the Oakland cultural section of the city of Pittsburgh. Pitt is ranked 13th among all public, and 59th among all universities in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings. Symbolic of the University is the 42-story Gothic structure called the Cathedral of Learning, which is the second tallest academic structure in the world and features unique nationality rooms which pay tribute to the heritage of Western Pennsylvania.

The CS Department is ranked 25th out of 473 programs (19th with respect to gender diversity) in the most recent PhDs.org evaluation, and 34th out of 128 in the 2011 National Research Council (NRC) evaluation. Reuters ranked Pitt 39th on its list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities in 2016, based on research, output, and patent filings.


In 1966, Dr. Orrin E. Taulbee left Goodyear Aerospace Corporation to join the University of Pittsburgh as chairperson of its newly approved Department of Computer Science. Pitt’s CS Department was among the first such departments in the country. In 1996, its faculty, students, and staff proudly celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of its founding.

Read more about the history of the CS Department here.