Swarthmore College Department of Computer Science

cs department facilities

The computer science department is now located in the new Science Center! In June of 2004 we moved from Sproul to the Science Center. In addition to being in the same building with other science departments (Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology), the CS department now has shiny new labs and offices!

The new space provides many benefits to our students and faculty, including:

  • A teaching lab (The Alden Lab of Computer Science) for classes and student work, which includes 26 Dell and HP workstations running Debian Linux
  • A second teaching lab, thanks to a gift from Jesse and Maria Aweida '56. We sometimes call this one the bird's nest, since all of the computers in there have bird names (hawk, owl, duck, etc.). This lab has 34 27" imacs running Ubuntu Linux
  • An overflow lab, with ten workstations, for students to use while the teaching lab is in use
  • A robotics lab, a NLP lab, and a cluster/systems lab for student research
  • A nice big server room for the department's UNIX servers and networking equipment
  • Study alcoves
  • Floor-to-ceiling whiteboards
  • A large seminar room (The Cunniff Seminar Room) with whiteboards and a projector
  • 24-hour access to labs via a card-reader system
  • Over 100,000 ft of new CAT6e networking cables (and hopefully wireless access for the entire CS floor starting in August 2005)
  • All offices and labs on the same floor
  • Proximity to other science departments and Cornell Science Library

photo of main lab