The Department of Computer Science at LUMS was founded in 1994, as an undergraduate programme with just two faculty members. Today, the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering programmes combined have nineteen faculty members, with doctorates from some of the best universities in the world. They conduct research in fundamental and applied areas of computer science including computer architecture, computer vision, data mining, multimedia systems, network and wireless communications, software engineering and theory of computation. In 2008, the department became part of the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering.
Over the past three years, the research by the faculty members of the Computer Science Department, together with their graduate students, has been published in more than ninety conferences, including more than thirty top-tier conferences. More than twenty-five journal papers have also been published, with the average quality more than twice the international average. The high output has been recognised both in Pakistan and internationally, with the department being awarded more than PKR 120 million in research grants and industrial partnerships.
A Master’s degree provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the subjects that students get exposed to during their undergraduate degree. The MS programme has the necessary rigor to enhance the understanding of the subject material, providing opportunity for better employment, and opening the doors to a teaching career or further graduate study.
The Department offers two types of MS degrees MS-by-coursework-only and MS-with-Thesis, in Computer Science. To graduate with a MS-with-thesis degree, the student must complete a 6 credit hour MS thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor.