About Us

About Us

The University of Florida Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) is recruiting applicants for its Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Ph.D. program for 2019-2020 admission! The UF HCC Ph.D. program is a growing, vibrant degree with over 30 current students, and our graduates have gone onto tenure-track faculty positions, industry UX research positions. The UF HCC PhD program emphasizes understanding people, developing new technology, and designing engaging experiences for a variety of target users, domains, and contexts. The highlight of the program includes a self-defined “cognate area” which allows the student to choose a set of three courses that inform their interdisciplinary training to strengthen the foundation of their thesis research. For more information on the structure of the degree, check out our info page: https://www.cise.ufl.edu/academics/grad/phdhcc​

The University of Florida is the flagship institution of the Florida State System, and is designated as a Pre-Eminent Institution in Florida. Ranked #8 among all U.S. Public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, UF is recognized on the national stage as a top research-productive university. Campus research facilities include the HiPerGator, the most powerful distributed computing cluster at a public university; the Marston Made@UF space and resources for emerging technology development and entrepreneurship; and the Digital Worlds Institute REVE panoramic theatre used for immersive, engaging entertainment, events, and teaching. It is also a welcoming community with an active Graduate Student Association, intramural sports, and high-profile visitors and events.

UF CISE in particular has a commitment to increasing diversity and broadening participation. Currently, CISE is ranked #1 in terms of numbers of female and underrepresented minority faculty members. Our faculty are leading world-class research, and have been recognized with two recent Fulbright Scholarships; sixteen NSF Career Awards; four IEEE Fellowships; three AAAS Fellowships; two ACM Fellowships; two memberships in the European Academy of Sciences; one SCS Fellowships; one SPIE Fellowship; one IEEE Computer Society Taylor Booth Education Award; one IEEE Computer Society Wallace McDowell Award; one ACM Karl Karlstrom Education Award; one Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM); and one AAAS Mentor Award. CISE houses dedicated user studies lab space, and multiple motion capture laboratory spaces and advanced interaction hardware labs. ​

The University of Florida is located in sunny Gainesville, Florida, in the heart of north-central Florida, approximately two hours north of Orlando, two hours northeast of Tampa, and 90 minutes southwest of Jacksonville. The 27 state parks and trails located less than 100 miles from Gainesville include the famous La Chua Trail, where visitors regularly sight alligators, beautiful water birds, and wild horses. Gainesville, a city of 120,000, also has thriving arts, culture, and nightlife scenes, from the downtown historic district to UF campus, cultural events, botanical gardens, and craft breweries. UF is the center of the Gator Nation, proud home of champion teams in football, basketball, softball, gymnastics, indoor/outdoor track and field, swimming and diving, and tennis.

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