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Department of

Computer Science


Carousel placeholder image Students exhibit their projects at the Capstone Design Showcase.
Apr 28, 2022
Capstone event showcases high-tech student projects
Teams of Florida Polytechnic University seniors showed off their hard work on industry-sponsored, tech-focused projects at the annual Capstone Design Showcase on Wednesday, April 27.
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Carousel placeholder image Students play video games at the Spring Game Expo
Apr 26, 2022
Spring Game Expo draws hundreds to try newest student video games
Video game players went head-to-head in fun competitions at Florida Polytechnic University on Saturday, April 23, at the annual Spring Game Expo.
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Carousel placeholder image Dr. Doga Demirel, assistant chair of Florida Polytechnic University’s Computer Science Department
Apr 5, 2022
Innovative research creates virtual reality tool to help doctors in training
Dr. Doga Demirel, assistant chair of Florida Polytechnic University's Computer Science Department, is creating a leading-edge virtual reality tool to help doctors learn critical medical procedures commonly performed in emergency rooms, during surgery, and in other medical scenarios.
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Carousel placeholder image A team of students working on a microgravity testing device for their capstone project.
Mar 7, 2022
Capstone team designs microgravity simulation device for Florida Space Institute
A team of Florida Polytechnic University capstone students is designing a device that will help engineers at Florida Space Institute and the Hawking Center for Microgravity Research effectively perform microgravity simulations.
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Carousel placeholder image Arlington Griffith demonstrates her team's video game
Dec 6, 2021
Student-created video games draw big crowds
For the first time in two years, the Florida Polytechnic University Fall Game EXPO returned to in-person gameplay on Saturday, Dec. 4, energizing student game developers and attracting hundreds of game-loving high schoolers to campus.
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From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at FloridaPoly. Florida Poly provides leading-edge degree programs that prepare graduates to take on today’s fastest growing fields. Our mission is to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied sciences.

Shahram Taj

The computer science program at Florida Poly is among the first undergraduate degrees created at the University. The computer science program is an ABET-accredited high-quality program focused on education and applied research. Our degrees are STEM education-based programs that yield highly skilled graduates who have strong knowledge in the fundamentals of computer science and who are able to apply that knowledge to design and implement solutions for arising challenges. The program prepares students for clear and concise communication when working in a team environment and careers in industry, government, and academia. 

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. During their undergraduate degree, students will join one of our many concentrations that we continuously review and evaluate for potential adaptation or establishment. Our current concentrations are:

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Game Development and Simulation
  • Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
  • Software Engineering
  • Advanced Topics (a non-concentration option where students choose 12 hours of coursework comprised of courses in the other concentrations or electives in the field).

I am excited to be the chair of the Computer Science Department. Alongside my assistant chair, Dr. Doga Demirel, we are working with our students, faculty, and staff to make meaningful contributions in the field of computer science, and graduate students who are job-ready on day one. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Shahram Taj
Chair, Department of Computer Science

 

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Program and Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Computer Science program, graduates will have the ability to:

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Analyze a complex computing problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.

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Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.

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Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

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Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

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Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
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Apply computer science theory and software development fundamentals to produce computing-based solutions. 

Meet the Faculty

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Supportive Environment

Many elements of Florida Poly life come together to create a rich and successful student experience.
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Advising

Florida Poly's academic success coaches are available to meet with students about many topics, including registration and academic success coaching.
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Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides comprehensive career services to students, alumni, and employers. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you make your career dreams a reality.
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Capstone Design Projects

Computer science students work together in an interdisciplinary, year-round industry-sponsored Capstone Design Project, providing high-impact solutions in a variety of fields. Some examples include working to improve surgeries and creating next-generation risk assessment tools. 

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Innovation Labs

Our Innovation Labs give students the opportunity to test their big ideas on the same advanced equipment used in leading industrial and corporate environments.

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Internships

Computer science students have successfully completed internships in companies such as PublixSteamroller StudiosIronRock, MMG FusionFCCI, and more. 

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Co and Extra Curricular Activities

There's more to the college experience than lectures and lab work. Florida Poly has more than 35 student clubs that are run by students for students. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and explore new interests by joining a club. The activities below are a few of the clubs that computer science students most often get involved with.

The Cybersecurity Club is a collective of Florida Poly students who want
to learn both offensive and defensive cybersecurity. The club covers a broad range of topics relating to cybersecurity.
Florida Poly’s Programming Club is a place where people with an appreciation of programming and any level of skill can come togethr to learn and have fun. 
Students focus on building Combat, VEX, and other robotics and entering them in competitions around the region and across the nation. The Purple Fire Robotics team welcomes students of all skill levels to join. 
Members of the Media Club work to provide students with the equipment to discover and explore current and emerging forms of media, including video production, game development, and audio production. 

Facilities and Resources

The Simulation, Instruction, and Multimedia (SIM) Lab is one of the most dynamic and hands-on labs on campus. It supports students across all majors as they undertake complex, innovative projects. Wearable computers, media production, game development, and simulated environments regularly take shape in the lab, which features a multisensory communications center continually updated with new technologies. Tomorrow’s digital obsessions take shape here, with augmented reality and virtual reality – and Florida Poly students – playing a starring role.