Welcome from Head of Department

Prof. Xiaofang ZHOU, Head of Department

Prof. Xiaofang ZHOU, Head of Department

We welcome you on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)! These are exciting times for computer scientists as the discipline is now widely recognized as an essential source of tools and techniques for advancements in nearly all spheres of human endeavor.

Our Department was founded in 1991. Now it has grown to over 50 faculty members, roughly 370 postgraduate research students, 170 taught postgraduate students and 850 undergraduate students, and numerous research and support staff. We currently offer six undergraduate programs - BEng in Computer Science, BEng in Computer Science and BBA in General Business Management & BSc in Risk Management and Business Intelligence (jointly administered with School of Business and Management), BEng in Computer Engineering (jointly administered with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering), BSc in Data Science and Technology (jointly administered with the Department of Mathematics ), and BSc in Computer Science - provide students with a broad range of choices. There are popular research postgraduate programs, MSc-BDT (Big Data Technology) and MSc-IT (Information Technology) programs. We believe these internationally acclaimed programs will continue to contribute to the technology and social advancement.

Consistently ranked among top-30 in Computer Science and Information Systems in the world, CSE at HKUST is research-oriented, student-centered Department. With internationally recognized faculty, extensive links with the industry, and state-of-the-art computing infrastructure, CSE is the place for cutting-edge research and innovative teaching. CSE enjoys the reputation as international thought leaders and technology inventors in artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, big data, human-computer interaction (HCI), networking and computer systems, and software engineering and programming languages. Some of the driving principles and goals of our Department are embodied in our mission and vision statements.

To open up new frontiers of knowledge and research to advance the sustainable development of the fast-changing world, the HKUST Guangzhou campus, which opens in 2022, serves as a complementary hub to HKUST in Hong Kong, providing collaboration and integration for both research and education between campuses. We aspire to take the education and research excellence to the next level through the cross-campus collaboration.

We welcome you to browse through the departmental website to find more about our department, our programs and what we are up to! Whether you are a student, a parent, alumni, an employer, or a colleague, we want to hear from you. Your comments and suggestions will help us move to the next level and provide us with encouragement to maintain excellence!

Xiaofang ZHOU

Otto Poon Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor
Head of Department