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PhD at SUNY-Buffalo


The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) is one of the first Computer Science degree programs in the world (established in 1967) and one of the largest. With more than 35 full-time faculty members and over 850 graduate and undergraduate students, our graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and consistently ranks among the top 60 best programs in the United States.

CSE faculty are experts in their fields, and perform world-class and cutting-edge research. They include award-winning researchers and teachers (including 9 NSF CAREER Award recipients), members of prestigious editorial boards, and fellows of the ACM, IEEE, and AAAI. They have founded and direct major centers and laboratories devoted to big data analytics, biomedical computing, biometric systems, cloud computing, smartphones, robotics, computer security and information assurance, high performance computing, networking and distributed systems, multimedia databases and information retrieval, computer vision and information visualization, pattern recognition, machine learning, data mining, VLSI and computer architecture, and computational theory. CSE faculty were ranked 21st nationwide for attracting federal funding to perform state-of-the art computer science research in a recent survey by NSF.

Our graduates are highly sought after by academia and industry, and have been hired by major IT companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and VMware. Our world-known graduates include: Carl Kesselman (co-inventor of Grid Computing), Robin Li (founder of -- Chinese Google), Bruce Shriver (past president of IEEE Computer Society), and Max Nikias (provost of University of Southern California). Our Ph.D. graduates often obtain very competitive faculty positions at top 100 research universities.

The CSE department is located in a brand-new $75-million, state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building. This building also features a cybertorium or smart auditorium, outfitted with the most sophisticated communications devices and smart technologies. Flexible research labs, classrooms, and meeting areas foster interdisciplinary work. 

UB CSE has unique funding and research opportunities for Ph.D. students, with most admitted students receiving financial aid through TA, RA, or different fellowship programs. Please see the attached brochure and visit us at for more information, and feel free to send any inquiries to The online application deadline for graduate studies at UB CSE is December 31st, 2013, and all supporting documentation is due January 15th, 2014. 

About SUNY-Buffalo: The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB’s more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities. (

About Buffalo/Niagara Area: The second-largest city in New York State, Buffalo is one of the most livable, lively, and comfortable places in which to live, work, and play. It’s an easygoing, inviting mix from great music and food to spirited professional sports teams, renowned architecture and cultural institutions, and top-notch entertainment. Situated at the eastern end of Lake Erie where the Great Lakes empty into the Niagara River, Buffalo is in easy reach of the Canadian lakeshore and Niagara Falls, the most accessible of the world’s natural wonders. The Buffalo Niagara region offers all of the amenities of a major urban area—without the headaches. The average workday commute is less than twenty minutes, which is the lowest out of fifty major U.S. cities. Affordable housing is widely accessible throughout the region, and a reasonable cost of living makes the good life possible on any budget. Most neighborhoods offer easy access to shopping, recreation,   dining, and excellent schools. (


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