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Several interesting findings have emerged from a Brown University study of computer science faculty at the top 50 U.S. schools.


A study and data set from Brown University on computer science faculty at the 50 top U.S. schools yielded several interesting findings.

One finding was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology produces the most computer science professors through its Ph.D. programs, while coming in second place was the University of California, Berkeley.

Another insight gained from the study came from the categorization of each professor's field of research as either theory, systems, informatics, or scientific computing. The study found private universities offered the greatest concentration of theory study, while public schools had the least. One explanation for this finding is that public universities focus more on engineering, while private universities are more science-oriented.

A third finding of the study was the top field of research in terms of computer science faculty hirings remains computer science theory. However, there has been a sharp trend in the last three years toward hiring professors specializing in systems and informatics, while the hiring of faculty who study computer science theory has diminished since 2011.

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