2022 Computer Science Department
(Hybrid) Open House

for prospective PhD Students
February 28 & March 1, 2022


Congratulations on your acceptance to the PhD program in Computer Science! To help you decide on the best program for you, we invite you to join us for a (Hybrid) Open House. There is an even split between informational group events and one-on-one meetings with faculty and grad students. A customized schedule will be sent to you based on the research areas and interests that you fill out in our informational form that was emailed to you in February.

Please see the updated CSD PhD Handbook (2021-2022) , the listing of program requirements, and the Faculty Research Guide. An interactive map of CMU campus is here. The main buildings our events and meetings will be are the Gates Hillman Center for Computer Science (GHC), Newell-Simon Hall (NSH), Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center (CIC), Wean Hall (Wean), and Smith Hall (Smith)


- Due to the global pandemic, Open House for 2022 will be held as a hybrid event. There will be in person events for those that can attend and are fully vaccinated, with asynchronous programming for those that cannot. Proof of vaccination can be sent to yano@cs.cmu.edu. Good quality masks are required while indoors, except while eating.
- This event is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department.
- This schedule is subject to change.
- A PDF version of this website can be found here
- The following faculty have shared videos discussing their research:
-- Nathan Beckmann: Systems (passcode: +81ic!fV)
-- Randy Bryant: Systems, Verification
-- Marijn Heule: PL/FM
-- Zhihao Jia: Systems & Machine Learning
-- Jim McCann: Graphics
-- Ryan O'Donnell: Theory
-- Bryan Parno: Security
-- Andre Platzer: PL/FM
-- Pradeep Ravikumar: Artificial Intelligence
-- Dimitrios Skarlatos: Systems, Security
-- David Woodruff: Theory
-- Jun-Yan Zhu: Graphics

Day 0
Sun Feb 27
6:00 - 8:00 pmWelcome Dinner & Socializing [in person]
Mon Feb 28, NSH 4305
7:00 - 8:00 amBreakfast, Hotel
8:00 & 8:30 am Shuttle service from hotel to CMU Campus
9:00 - 10:00 am CSD Overview & Welcome - - Srini Seshan, Karl Crary, NSH 4305 [video, password: $*eH^054] [Matt's slides, Karl's slides]
10:00 - 12:00 am Appointments with Faculty [remote meetings with faculty will be arranged by email]
11:00 - 12:00 am Students of Color Roundtable, GHC 6121 [in person]
12:00 - 1:30 pmConcurrent Area Lunches [in person]
AI/ML, GHC 4405
Graphics, GHC 6121
PL/FM, GHC 8102
Systems, NSH 4305 Video, Password: Z1Ra0e^M
Theory, GHC 6501 [Video, password: @5wv*AA0]
Security is assigned based on secondary interests.
2:30 - 4:30 pmBoard Games & Socializing, GHC 7107 (Atrium) [in person]
2:30 - 4:00 pmAppointments with Faculty
4:30 - 5:30 pmFreeCSD Tea, GHC 6th fl Collaborative Commons [in person]
6:30 - 8:00 pmDinner with Faculty in 6th fl. Commons [in person]
7:30 & 8:00 pmShuttle Service avail. back to hotel, meet at the Forbes & Morewood bus stop (Westbound)
Tue Mar 1, NSH 4305
7:00 - 8:00 amBreakfast at hotel
8:00 & 8:30 amShuttles from Hotel to Campus
9:00 - 12:00 amAppointments with faculty
11:00 - 12:00 amWomen@SCS & CS4ALL Social, NSH 4305 [in person] [remote discussion will be arranged by email]
12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch & Grad Student Research Talks, NSH 4305 [in person] [live Zoom link] [video to be posted, password:]
2:00 - 3:00 pmCyLab Security & Privacy Social: CyLab invites admitted PhD students from all departments who are interested in security & privacy research to join us for discussion and meet our students and faculty, CIC 4105 [in person] [remote discussion will be arranged by email]
3:30 - 4:30 pmPittsburgh Overview & Grad student panel, NSH 4305 [in person] [live Zoom link] [video to be posted, password:] [no video of panel]
3:30 - 5:00 pmAppointments with faculty
4:30 - 5:30 pmQueer Student Mixer, GHC 8102 [in person] [remote discussion will be arranged by email]
4:30 - 5:30 pmParallel Data Labs (PDL) group mtg: we welcome all attendees interested in Systems to join us for our weekly gathering, to meet folks, hear a bit about PDL, and hear a research talk by one of the current PhD students." CIC 4105 [in person] [Presentation slides]
6:00 &6:30 pmShuttles to Bakery Square Galley, Forbes & Morewood bus stop, Westbound
6:30 - 8:00 pmDinner at Bakery Square Galley [in person]
** GHC 7114 is available for breaks and socializing between meetings and events. Access code is provided in the welcome folder.
** Wireless access is accessed via the guest password provided in your folder.
** For printouts, please email document to Charlotte Yano, at yano@cs.cmu.edu and pick up in 6027 GHC



*this step is required for your expenses to be reimbursed.