Education for a data-driven world
The world is a complex place and the pace of change is only increasing.
Technological advances that connect people and ideas – such as social networks, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and robotics – are creating virtually limitless opportunities to deepen our understanding of our world and impact the way we live.
CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science – one of the oldest and top ranked departments in the country – Information Science and Statistics and Data Science.
Computer science spans non-traditional and core subjects, such as networks, systems, theory, robotics and machine learning. Information science is concerned with the human aspects of computing, such as human-computer interaction and human-centered design. Statistics is the overarching discipline concerned with everything related to learning from data. Together, these departments offer an inclusive view of the impact of computing on society.
Working in partnership with nearly all of Cornell's colleges and schools, our programs reach thousands of students who collaborate with faculty and corporate partners to tackle some of the most excting and complicated issues of our time.
Innovative from the outside in
Many of the world's most complex problems can be solved only through collaborative approaches. CIS was created to meet this challenge.
Cornell University has long been a national leader in fusing technology education and research with other fields of study, such as statistics, sociology and economics. In 1999 Computing and Information Science was created to respond to the educational and scientific challenges of the information age. Since then, CIS has continued this leadership through its role in creating and collaborating with Cornell Tech, a groundbreaking graduate school focused on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.
True to its founding mission to integrate computing into every discipline, CIS blurs the boundaries of the traditional college. It's a place of radical collaboration where computer science thrives side-by-side with emerging fields like computational social science and human-centered design. From our work in human-computer interaction to computer-aided sustainable design, CIS has become emblematic of the broad collaborative ties between technological and non-technological disciplines at Cornell.