Computing at BU

Computing (as opposed to computers) has emerged as a currency of scientific endeavors. There is hardly any scientific or professional field that has not developed a computational or informatics dimension. Computing has opened the door for paradigm shifts in almost every scientific, engineering, and professional discipline.  Computer scientists are increasingly finding themselves solving problems posed by others, and educating students from a wider variety of disciplines in physical sciences and engineering, biological sciences and medicine, social sciences and management, and education, communication, and the arts.

The Computing LandscapeComputing is at a crossroads that on the one hand bridges the science of rigorous mathematics to the art of software design, and on the other hand connects the engineering of technological innovations to the needs and wants of society – both for individuals and corporations. Computing is not only the currency of research, but is quickly becoming a currency of the society at large. Computing is changing how we interact, how we learn, how we entertain, and even how we organize revolutions!

Over the past three and a half decades Boston University has grown to become one of the major urban research institutions in the United States, with a rapidly increasing reputation abroad. During that period, and well-ahead of many of its peers, BU made significant investments in initiating and solidifying its presence in computing, broadly conceived. Today, when looked at holistically, BU’s computing footprint rivals that of many of the leading institutions nationally and internationally.

The following are pointers to the various computing constituents at BU.


Centers and Programs