Dataset of 2200 faculty in 50 top US Computer Science Programs

Alexandra Papoutsaki*, Hua Guo, Danae Metaxa-Kakavouli, Connor Gramazio, Jeff Rasley, Wenting Xie, Guan Wang, Jeff Huang

Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

* Any questions or comments should be sent to email

The Dataset

We provide the first free dataset of all professors in 50 top US Computer Science Graduate Programs. We believe that we offer a valuable resource to the academic community and to anyone who is interested in the shape of the Computer Science in the most competitive institutes of the US.

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Disclaimer

We do not make any guarantee on the quality of the data. As you can read below, we used crowdsourcing techniques to create this database. We expect about 80% of our data to be correct. We need your help to fix any errors that are still left.

Did you know?

Here are some interesting facts we found when analysed the data. Last version of dataset that was used was downloaded on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 04:33 PM(EDT).

Largest fields of research

These are the fields of research according to their popularity.

Field of Research Number of Professors
Algorithms & Theory 293
Hardware & Architecture 161
Networks & Communications 160
Artificial Intelligence 148
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology 134
Human-Computer Interaction 123
Security & Privacy 118
Graphics 113
Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition 102
Programming Languages 100
Scientific Computing 92
Distributed & Parallel Computing 92
Computer Vision 90
Software Engineering 82
Databases 77
Operating Systems 71
Computer Education 49
Natural Language & Speech 47
Real-Time & Embedded Systems 33
Data Mining 31
Multimedia 15
Simulation 11
Information Retrieval 6
World Wide Web 5

Where do most professors get their bachelors from?

These are the universities with at least 10 BSc alumns that provide the largest number of BSc among the professors in 50 top universities.

Bachelors University Number of Professors
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA 127
Harvard University - USA 66
University of California - Berkeley - USA 42
Cornell University - USA 42
Indian Institute of Technology - Madras - India 35
Princeton University - USA 34
Carnegie Mellon University - USA 33
Tsinghua University - Beijing - China 33
Indian Institute of Technology - Kanpur - India 31
Stanford University - USA 29
Brown University - USA 28
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay - India 24
Yale University - USA 24
Rice University - USA 23
University of Michigan - USA 20
California Institute of Technology - USA 20
Georgia Institute of Technology - USA 20
Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi - India 18
Duke University - USA 18
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - USA 17
University of Science and Technology of China - China 16
National Taiwan University - Taipei - Taiwan 15
Peking University - Beijing - China 15
University of California - Los Angeles - USA 15
Columbia University - USA 14
Indian Institute of Technology - Kharagpur - India 14
University of Toronto - Canada 14
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology - Israel 13
University of Texas - Austin - USA 13
University of Wisconsin - Madison - USA 12
Purdue University - USA 12
Pennsylvania State University - USA 12
National Technical University of Athens - Greece 12
Polytechnic University of Bucharest - Romania 12
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Israel 11
Birla Institute of Technology and Science - Pilani - India 10
Dartmouth College - USA 10
University of Chicago - USA 10

Where do most professors get their doctorate degree from?

These are the universities with at least 10 PhD alumns that provide the largest number of PhD among the professors in 50 top universities.

10 universities account for ~50% of all PhDs students that become faculty in 50 top universities!

Doctorate University Number of Professors
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - USA 256
University of California - Berkeley - USA 170
Stanford University - USA 151
Carnegie Mellon University - USA 121
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - USA 80
Princeton University - USA 70
Cornell University - USA 64
University of Washington - USA 59
Georgia Institute of Technology - USA 50
Harvard University - USA 48
University of Texas - Austin - USA 48
University of Wisconsin - Madison - USA 43
University of Pennsylvania - USA 42
California Institute of Technology - USA 34
University of Michigan - USA 33
University of Maryland - College Park - USA 33
University of California - Los Angeles - USA 32
Columbia University - USA 29
University of Southern California - USA 26
Yale University - USA 26
University of Massachusetts - Amherst - USA 26
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill - USA 25
Purdue University - USA 24
Brown University - USA 23
University of Toronto - Canada 23
University of California - San Diego - USA 22
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - USA 20
Pennsylvania State University - USA 20
Rice University - USA 19
State University of New York - Stony Brook - USA 19
New York University - USA 18
University of Utah - USA 17
University of Rochester - USA 17
University of Chicago - USA 16
University of Virginia - USA 15
Ohio State University - USA 15
University of California - Irvine - USA 13
Johns Hopkins University - USA 13
University of Colorado Boulder - USA 12
University of California - USA 12
Duke University - USA 12
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Israel 11
Rutgers - State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick - USA 11

Computer Science Department Sizes

In order to interpret correctly the above data you would need to know the size of each department.

University Size (in faculty)
Carnegie Mellon University 137
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 104
Georgia Institute of Technology 91
University of California - Irvine 64
University of Maryland - College Park 61
University of Michigan 59
Northwestern University 59
Cornell University 58
University of California - San Diego 57
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 57
University of California - Berkeley 55
University of Southern California 52
Duke University 52
Stanford University 52
Purdue University 50
University of Washington 49
Columbia University 48
North Carolina State University 47
University of Utah 46
Texas A&M University 41
University of California - Los Angeles 41
Rutgers - State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick 40
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 39
University of Wisconsin - Madison 38
State University of New York - Stony Brook 38
University of Texas - Austin 38
Ohio State University 38
University of Massachusetts - Amherst 37
New York University 37
University of Colorado Boulder 37
University of Florida 34
Pennsylvania State University 33
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 32
University of California - Santa Barbara 32
Princeton University 32
University of California - Davis 31
Johns Hopkins University 31
University of Pennsylvania 31
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 31
University of Chicago 30
Brown University 30
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 29
Harvard University 25
University of Virginia 23
Washington University - St. Louis 21
Yale University 21
Rice University 20
Boston University 19
California Institute of Technology 15
Dartmouth College 12

New hires since 2009 by University


University Number of hires since 2009
Carnegie Mellon University 23
Cornell University 21
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 16
Georgia Institute of Technology 16
University of Michigan 16
University of Colorado Boulder 13
University of Washington 12
Ohio State University 12
University of Southern California 11
Columbia University 11
University of Pennsylvania 10
Stanford University 10
Rutgers - State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick 10
Duke University 9
University of Chicago 9
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 9
Brown University 9
State University of New York - Stony Brook 9
New York University 9
University of Utah 8
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill 8
University of Maryland - College Park 8
University of California - Berkeley 8
University of Wisconsin - Madison 7
Johns Hopkins University 7
University of Massachusetts - Amherst 7
University of California - Santa Barbara 7
University of Texas - Austin 7
Harvard University 6
Texas A&M University 6
Princeton University 6
Northwestern University 6
University of California - Irvine 5
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 5
Washington University - St. Louis 5
Purdue University 5
University of California - Los Angeles 5
University of California - San Diego 4
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 4
North Carolina State University 4
University of Virginia 4
Rice University 4
Pennsylvania State University 4
University of Florida 3
Dartmouth College 3
Boston University 3
California Institute of Technology 3
Yale University 2
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 2

New hires since 2009 by Field of Research


Field of Research Number of hires since 2009
Algorithms & Theory 55
Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition 34
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology 28
Artificial Intelligence 27
Networks & Communications 26
Human-Computer Interaction 25
Security & Privacy 23
Hardware & Architecture 23
Computer Vision 21
Distributed & Parallel Computing 19
Graphics 17
Databases 14
Software Engineering 14
Programming Languages 12
Data Mining 11
Scientific Computing 10
Operating Systems 9
Natural Language & Speech 8
Computer Education 7
Real-Time & Embedded Systems 6
Simulation 1
Multimedia 1

Behind the scenes

This dataset is the outcome of a seminar course on Human-Computer Interaction taught by Professor Jeff Huang in the Department of Computer Science of Brown University, during the academic semester of Spring 2014.

As part of an assignment, 19 students were given $30 each and were asked to come up with different strategies that would allow them to employ workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk, in order to collect a full record of all professors in 5 top Computer Science Graduate Programs.

Our goal was to create a full record of all Computer Science professors in 50 top Graduate Programs, according to the popular ranking of US News. For now, we restrict the professors to only Full, Associate, or Assistant. Lecturers, Researchers, Teaching faculty are not allowed momentarily. We also only allow professors of the 50 provided universities. In the future we wish to expand this database to fully reflect the status of each Computer Science department.

For each professor we require 10 pieces of information

  1. Name: Full Name
  2. University: The name of the university they teach
  3. JoinYear: When they joined that department of Computer Science as faculty
  4. Rank: One of Full, Associate, Assistant
  5. Subfield: Main field of research. One of the 20 fields reported by Microsoft Academic
  6. Bachelors: University they acquired their BSc degree from
  7. Masters: University they acquired their MSc degree from
  8. Doctorate: University they acquired their PhD degree from
  9. PostDoc: University or Company they did their post-doctoral training
  10. Sources: at least one link to the source that contains the above information

Since we ended up with 2 instances of each department we managed to increase the accuracy of the database by merging them into a single dataset.

Special Thanks

This work would not be possible without the hard work of 19 exceptional students. We would like to thank:
Suliman Alsowelim, Ali Erman Celen, Eda Celen, Connor Gramazio, Hua Guo, Scott Houde, Chris Johnson-Roberson, Danae Metaxa-Kakavouli, Amia Oberai, Alexandra Papoutsaki, Jeff Rasley, Jiangnan Shangguan, Erica Silverstein, Chris Tanner, Guan Wang, Wenting Xie, Fan Yang, Charles Yeh, and Zhe Zhao.

And of course thanks to all of you, anonymous or not, contributors.