Northwestern University plans to hire 20 new faculty members as part of a $150 million response to growing interest in computer science, the institution said on Wednesday. Ten of the new hires will be based in "core computer science areas" -- the departmental website lists artificial intelligence and machine learning, graphics, human-computer interaction and robotics, among others -- while the other 10 will be interdisciplinary hires that combine computer science with other disciplines.
Today, the computer science division of the department of electrical engineering and computer science has 27 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, according to a university spokesperson. The university noted in its announcement that the number of students who major in computer science has more than tripled in the last five years.
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