The Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering began with an Undergraduate Program in August 1996, a master's program being introduced in August 1999 and the doctoral program in 2001. With an equal emphasis on theory and practice, the department enhances students' conceptual knowledge in these rapidly evolving fields, strengthens and enriches their information and communication skills, and provides exposure to current best practices in information and communication. Each academic year, the undergraduate program takes on 55 students (excluding overseas Chinese students and international students), the master's program taking 55 and the doctoral program 8.
The CSIE Department wishes to contribute Taiwan's information industry by strengthening the fundamental education in information science and engineering, fostering students's software and hardware implementation, and training specialists in information system integration and software innovation to be in line with the national development of infomation technologies.
The department emphasizes providing students with a comprehensive education in both information and communication, and expects graduates to be skillful and to serve the needs of both fields. To attain this goal, the department organizes the Information and Electrical Engineering Group, together with the Department of Information Management (IM), the Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) and the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (COM). With this sharing of faculty and academic resources, students are able to take interdisciplinary courses and thereby access a broader range of study options, and to pursue a joint degree in engineering and management. At present, the department has eminent faculty in information theory and applied information technology, and into the future it will continue to emphasize both theory and practice. In brief, the focuses of the department are:
-To work on the researches and development of information-related area, such as bioinformatics, wireless communication, complier, VLSI and microcomputer system
‧ To emphasize the research and development of internet multimedia system, computer vision, human-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence, and integrated applications in digital museums, distance education and so forth.
‧ To strengthen research and training in internet, database and operating systems.
‧ To explore the foundations of information theory, such as automata theory, computational complexity and algorithms.
‧ To integrate the theory and practice of computers and communications, and to collaborate in 3-C product development with the industries.
‧ To co-design embedded system hardware and software.
The undergraduate program requires a minimum of 135 credits for graduation, including 14 credits taken from the school-wide curriculum, 17 credits from general education courses, 72 credits from required courses and 32 credits from specialized elective courses. 12 out of the 32 credits from specialized elective courses must come from 2 courses in 2 different areas (that is, 2 courses from each area) in order to enhance students' competence. At present, our department offers 6 specialized fields of study as follows:
-Algorithms and Theory of Computation
-Digital Network Communications
-Signals and Information Processing
-Hardware and Circuit Design
-Network Communications Technology
Our graduate courses are divided into four groups: (1) Information Theory, (2) Applied Information Technology, (3) Internet Technology, and (4) Computer Systems. With the idea of integrating technologies, our graduate students are required to obtain sufficient understanding from at least two out of the four groups and integrate the knowledge into their theses/ dissertations. Completion of a master's program requires 27 credits, including 4 credits taken from required courses and 23 credits from specialized elective courses. Doctoral students must take at least 18 credits for graduation. Students who are transferred directly to a doctoral program must complete minimum 30 credits from the Department's master's program and this does not include a dissertation (12 credits), and credits earned from research projects and seminars.
The Department puts equal emphasis on theory and practice and to meet instructional and research needs, the Department currently has the Digital Circuits Lab and the Microcomputer Lab. The Department has also established 16 research labs for Wireless Transmission and Networking, Natural Language Processing, Networking
Communications, Winbond Electronics Co. Multimedia and Communications, Computing Theory, Bioinformatics and System, Digital Archives, Information Coding, Algorithms, Image Processing, Computer Graphics and Digital Art, Web Knowledge Extraction, Computer Vision, Embedded System and Network Security, NCNU-Nokia Mobile Innovation Sphere and IPv6. The Department will continue to set up new labs as needed in the future.