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The University of Idaho Department of Computer Science faculty actively engage in several significant research areas. Our faculty provide students on-going opportunities to conduct real-world research and disseminate results. An integral part of our graduate student mentoring experience engages students in the research and publication process.

Cyber Security

Our faculty and students have also designed and implemented a hands-on laboratory where students can investigate threats to and protection of computer system. We've actively engaged in researching, theory, tools and techniques to enhance security of computer systems, information transmission, and information protection.

Participating Faculty: Jim Alves-Foss, Daniel Conte de Leon, Axel Krings and Jia Song

Learn more about Secure and Dependable Systems Research

Collaborative Virtual Education

Clint Jeffery wants to make computer science easier and more fun by virtue of a serious game called Collaborative Virtual Education (CVE). The "game" features social interactions in 3D with instructors and fellow students, along with collaborative IDE tools which will make it easier to get live on-line help. The current program development is an NSF-funded open source software project.

Participating Faculty: Clinton Jeffery

Learn more about CVE

Evolutionary Computation

The evolutionary computation group studies the process of evolving better solutions from a population of potentially good solutions — like a farmer breeding a better cow from a herd of cows. This group has looked at several techniques of breeding protein classifiers for biological problems and training teams of robots to cooperate.

Participating Faculty: Robert Heckendorn and Terry Soule

Learn More About Evolutionary Video Game Research


The Institute for Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) provides a rich intellectual environment in which cross-disciplinary, university-wide research and education flourishes. We study novel algorithms for phylogenetics and protein classification. Student work has included cancer simulations to study the development of breast cancer at the genetic and cellular levels.

Participating Faculty: Robert Heckendorn and Terry Soule

Learn More About U of I Bioinformatics And Evolutionary Studies

Cyber Defense & Modern Computing

In the Reconfigurable Attack-Defend Instructional Computing Laboratory (RADICL), students and researchers experiment with information assurance, cyber-defense and modern computing platforms and networks. They are able to create a virtual private network infrastructure to simulate a large scale IT environment like those found in businesses and universities.

Participating Faculty: Daniel Conte de Leon

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Computer Science

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Janssen Engineering Building 236

Mailing Address:

Computer Science
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1010
Moscow, ID 83844-1010

Phone: 208-885-6592

Fax: 208-885-9052


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