Two UT Dallas Engineering Programs
Ranked Among Best in Texas

Also Highly Ranked in U.S., Worldwide

June 8, 2007

The computer science program at The University of Texas at Dallas ranks third in the state and 29th nationally, according to a new method for ranking universities’ graduate programs in science and engineering.

The evaluation also gives high marks to the university’s graduate program in software engineering: second in the state and 24th worldwide.

The new method for ranking academic programs is based largely on answering the question “What did your faculty publish and where?” The premise is that the ability to regularly publish research findings in highly regarded journals is a good gauge of academic excellence.

Using this approach, UT Dallas ranks above Rice University and Caltech in computer science, and it comes in just six places behind Stanford University in software engineering.

“Our faculty members are dedicated to education that’s firmly based on their leading-edge research, and these results confirm that we are gaining more and more notice as worldwide leaders in our areas of expertise,” said Dr. D.T. Huynh, head of computer science at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas.

It’s particularly gratifying to have faculty in software engineering recognized, he added, since that’s one of the Jonsson School’s newest academic programs.

Publication-based rankings have been done in the past, but the new approach to generating them is much more sophisticated, according to the authors of an article in the June issue of the Association for Computing Machinery’s monthly magazine, Communications of the ACM.

Co-developed by a software engineer from Google, the new computer-based method greatly expands upon the number of journals that can easily be considered, the authors said. It also factors in faculty participation in professional conferences, which can be an important yardstick of faculty excellence – particularly in rapidly evolving fields like computer science, the authors said.

The publication-based approach to rankings also sidesteps the potential peril of basing rankings on people’s subjective opinions about a given institution or program, although publication-based ranking “should probably serve as one quantitative indicator in a more comprehensive methodology,” the authors concluded.  
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Communications of the ACM article: “Automatic and versatile publications ranking for research institutions and scholars”

Detailed rankings from the article:

Top 50 Graduate Computing Programs in the U.S.
1: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2: University of Maryland, College Park
3: Carnegie Mellon University
4: Georgia Institute of Technology
5: Stanford University
6: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
7: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
8: University of Texas, Austin
9: Purdue University
10: University of California, Berkeley
11: University of California, San Diego
12: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
13: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
14: University of Southern California
14: University of Washington, Seattle
16: Cornell University
16: University of California, Santa Barbara
18: Michigan State University
19: University of California, Irvine
20: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
21: University of Wisconsin, Madison
22: Columbia University
22: Princeton University
24: Ohio State University
24: University of Florida, Gainesville
26: Pennsylvania State University
26: Texas A&M University
26: University of Pennsylvania
29: University of Texas, Dallas
30: State University of New York, Stony Brook
31: Oregon State University
31: University of California, Los Angeles
31: University of Virginia
34: California Institute of Technology
34: University of Arizona
34: University of Illinois, Chicago
37: State University of New York, Buffalo
38: Louisiana State University
38: Rice University
38: Washington University in St. Louis
41: Harvard University
42: Southern Methodist University
42: University of Iowa
42: University of South Florida, Tampa
45: Boston University
45: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
47: North Carolina State University
47: University of California, Davis
49: University of Colorado, Boulder
50: New York University

Top 50 Software Engineering Institutions Worldwide
1: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2: Carnegie Mellon University
3: Georgia Institute of Technology
4: University of Maryland, College Park
5: Oregon State University
6: University of California, Irvine
7: University of British Columbia
8: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
9: University of Texas, Austin
10: IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
11: University of Waterloo, Canada
12: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
13: Imperial College London
14: University College London
15: Carleton University
16: University of Paderborn
17: Purdue University
18: Stanford University
19: Kansas State University
19: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
19: Michigan State University
22: University of Pittsburgh
23: University of Colorado, Boulder
24: University of Texas, Dallas
25: University of Washington, Seattle
26: University of Toronto
27: Ohio State University
28: University of Southern California
29: University of Karlsruhe, Germany
30: Osaka University
30: University of California, Davis
32: Fraunhofer-IESE, Germany
33: University of Virginia
34: Simula Research Lab, Norway
34: Washington University in St. Louis
36: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
37: Brown University
38: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
38: University of Strathclyde, UK
40: NASA Ames Research Center
41: University of Bologna, Italy
42: University of California, San Diego
43: Avaya Labs Research
44: Northeastern University
44: West Virginia University
46: Case Western Reserve University
46: Rutgers University
48: Bell Labs, Naperville
48: Institute for Information Technology, National Research Council, Canada
48: National University of Singapore, Singapore

About UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 14,500 students.  The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.  The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.  For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.


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