Research & Thesis

Ph.D. students complete a substantial research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The thesis must present new results worthy of publication. The student must defend the thesis publicly and to the satisfaction of the examining committee, which normally is the same as the student's preliminary Exam committee. The student's thesis defense must be held at the West Lafayette campus.

The thesis should be completed by the end of the fourth semester following the one in which the student passes the preliminary examination. The graduate committee may grant extensions.

Areas of active research within the department include databases & intelligent systems, imaging & visualization, networking & security, software engineering & distributed systems.

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