College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science


We frequently attract outside funding for research, providing excellent opportunities for students. Recent funded research has included:

  • Bioinformatics at USD
    In conjunction with the University of South Dakota Computer Science and SD BRIN, USD Bioinformatics works to develop production quality bioinformatics software and media tools for students, professors, and researchers.
  • Integrating the BioExtract Server with the iPlant Collaborative Grant
    Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the three-year grant will assist the project as it attempts to integrate the BioExtract Server's functionality with the iPlant Collaborative Cyberinfrastructure as well as to make data, analytic tools, and workflows accessible, interoperable, easy to use, and applicable to research and education.
  • BRIN (Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network) Grant
    Computer Science and the School of Medicine are developing a database and research support application to collect biomedical research data and to make it readily available to others.
  • EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Grant
    This grant is focusing on scientific visualization research, which includes taking raw data and translating it into various virtual models that can be readily understood.
  • Plant Genome Database and Analysis Tools Grant
    A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a way for scientists to easily search and analyze genetic sequence information stored in research databases across the country. This two-year grant is part of a larger NSF grant of over a million dollars that the University of South Dakota shares in collaboration with Iowa State University.
  • 2010 Initiative Seed Grants
    The 2010 initiative is an effort by the governor's office to realize the potential for commercialization of targeted research at public universities in the state of South Dakota. Professors Kai Wang and Yunkai Liu have been awarded these grants for the research, which they conduct in the department.

Colloquium Series

Research Colloquia
The Research Colloquium Series is free and open to the public.

Graduate Colloquia
The Graduate Colloquium series provides a forum for graduate students to present an area of their research. Presenting a colloquium is a requirement of the graduate degree in Computer Science. Colloquia are presented to the faculty, students and interested guests.


In conjunction with the School of Medicine, our students are involved in developing the infrastructure necessary to carry on research in Bioinformatics by creating software solutions to fit the needs of faculty involved. This collaboration is intended to get Computer Science students involved in bioinformatics research at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.