Computer Science Department Subject File, 1950-1968, 1991, 2004, 2011
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Brief Description: Computer Science Department Subject File includes reports, summaries, proposals, publications, correspondence, notes, photographs, manuals, posters, and diagrams concerning Computer Science faculty, students, and staff; research contracts with the Department of the Navy including work on Task 15; computer circuitry; seminars; Israel's Ministry of Defence; contract extensions; research; the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science construction and opening; programming languages; the Steel Car of Tomorrow (SCOT); IBMs WATSON; and department research.
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Record Series Number: 11/15/5
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Computer Science
Volume: 0.9 cubic feet
Acquired: 3/14/2017
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Computer Science :

On January 8, 1948, the Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of an EDVAC electronic digital computer for research program use.1 On November 19, 1948, the Board approved space for the computer project.2 On January 13, 1949, the Board reallocated funds to university staff for construction of the computer.3 By July 16, 1952, the Digital Computer Laboratory was listed in the university budget.4 In 1954, the laboratory offered "instruction in courses and supervision of theses for individuals specializing in the design and use of the digital computing machinery."5 In 1964, the name was changed from the Digital Computer Laboratory to the Department of Computer Science.6 The department teaches courses in circuit design, computer applications, computer organization, digital computer arithmetic, information retrieval, languages, numerical analysis, patters recognition, software systems, and switching an automata theory.7

1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 44th Report, January 8, 1948, p. 954.

2. Board of Trustees Transactions, 45th Report, November 19, 1948, p. 172.

3. Board of Trustees Transactions, 45th Report, January 13, 1949, p. 204.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 47th Report, July 16, 1952, p. 145.

5. Graduate College Catalog, 1954-56, p. 29.

6. Board of Trustees Transactions, 53rd Report, November 24, 1964, p. 240.

7. Graduate Programs, 1972-1974, p. 59.

Subject Index
Computer Science Department
Navy Research
Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science
Languages of Materials
English [eng]