Building upon a proud legacy stretching back to the 1940s, Illinois Computer Science stands today at the forefront of computing innovation. Collectively, our alumni and faculty have birthed entirely new industries, generated billions of dollars in commerce, created tens of thousands of jobs, and revolutionized the way that people communicate, shop, conduct business, and are entertained. For just some of this amazing story, please see the CS History Timeline.
Illinois Computer Science earns consistently high US News rankings for both its Undergraduate and Graduate programs. With 80 full-time faculty members, 32 NSF CAREER Award Winners, and major industry collaborations, see why an education at Illinois Computer Science is right for you.
The students, faculty, and alumni of our department are changing the world through their contributions to the computing industry and to research. These awards received by members of the Illinois Computer Science family clearly show our faculty, students, and alumni are among the best in the world.
Illinois Computer Science has historically educated some of the finest minds and visionaries in the field of computer science. Following this tradition, we provide our students the intellectual tools that will enable them to keep pace with the ever-changing world of Computer Science. Explore our educational program objectives.
Dedicated in 2004, the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science is the home for the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was made possible by a generous gift from Thomas M. Siebel (MS CS ’85), with additional funding from the State of Illinois and the University of Illinois.
The Siebel Center houses more than 225,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. Since it opened its doors, thousands of students have benefited from the educational and research endeavors within its walls.
Construction of the Siebel Center began in the summer of 2001. In less than three years, the building was the new home to one of the world’s leading centers of computer science research.
The celebration of the dedication of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science was held April 29-May 1, 2004. Thomas Siebel himself was one of the featured speakers.
Design Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Architect Peter Bohlin designed the Siebel Center as a vibrant space that encourages collaboration. Open areas, pervaded by natural light, and informal meeting places sprinkled throughout provide ample opportunities for people to encounter each other. Brick, slate, copper, and glass were used to construct a traditional south-facing exterior to harmonize with the surrounding buildings and a modern north face to reflect the cutting edge activities within. Private offices, quiet spaces, research and instructional labs, classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and a coffee shop fill the interior.