Research Areas in CS

Computer Science - Computing Everywhere and Everyone Computing

Computing is woven into the fabric of our lives, from the way we power our communities and manage finances to how we communicate and relax. Because computers are so prevalent in our lives, the Department of Computer Science is working towards giving everyone a better understanding of the roles computers play in our lives while expanding research and education in four key areas that will help the department grow.

Computing in the Large

UNM computer scientists are studying ways to scale up computational systems, analyze the mountains of data being generated, and solve large societal challenges such as understanding activity in the brain. Using techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning, CS researchers working with the Mind Research Network analyze neuroimages to best understand how they reflect cortical connectivity.

Scalable Distributed Systems
Fault Tolerance and Robustness
Big Data & Big Computations


Taking a broad view of cybersecurity, UNM’s computer science researchers are considering how to protect computational systems from malicious acts in the biological, electronic, and social realms. Through his groundbreaking research on Internet censorship in China, Jed Crandall, assistant professor, is also revealing important information related to intrusion detection and network security. In addition, Patrick Kelley works on human-centered issues, helping real people manage their passwords, share information on social networks, and understand what companies do with their data.

Computational Foundations of Life

Fine-grained, large-scale, and distributed computation permeates our universe, including the natural world, the man-made world, and everything in between. Living systems process and create information as a critical component of survival. For example, in the intersection of computer science and biology, bioinformatics, there are important algorithms to be identified. Computer science faculty, including Melanie Moses (with a PhD in Biology), Stephanie Forrest (the ACM 2012 Allen Newell Award winner), Darko Stefanovic, and Lance Williams address these issues.