Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at Colgate University! Computer science is the study of algorithmic processes and the machines that carry out these processes. It is a mix of theory, application, design, and experiment. Methods and ideas drawn from computer science are increasingly important in other scientific disciplines as well as the humanities and social sciences.
Our energetic faculty have active research programs and involve student researchers during the summer and the academic year. Colgate computer science students continue on to successful careers in a wide variety of fields.
Four Colgate computer science students were coauthors of a paper published at the IFIP Traffic Measurements and Analysis 2021 conference – Lily Davisson ‘22, Joakim Jakovleski ‘22, Nhiem Ngo ‘21, and Chau Pham ‘22. In the paper, titled “Reassessing the Constancy of End-to-End Internet Latency”, the students analyzed data made available through the RIPE Atlas project https://atlas.ripe.net to examine how constant or stable Internet latencies are as compared with a study done ~20 years ago. The full paper is available at https://www.cs.colgate.edu/~jsommers/pubs/constancy_tma21.pdf.
Xi (Chase) Jiang ‘21 won first place in the undergraduate ACM Student Research Competition (SRC) at SIGCOMM 2021 for his poster on “Non-interoperability Detection for Routing Protocol Implementations.” Xi designed a system that infers packet causal relationships to detect inconsistencies in network routing protocol implementations that arise due to ambiguities in routing protocol standards. A detailed description of Xi’s work is available at https://aaron.gember-jacobson.com/docs/sigcomm2021interop.pdf
Michael Hay, Associate Professor of Computer Science, is one of three faculty members featured in Aleta Mayne’s Spring 2020 Colgate Magazine article entitled “Privacy Matters.” His work on differential privacy received an ACM PODS award. Read the article here: https://news.colgate.edu/magazine/2020/05/01/privacy-matters/