Recent News & Accomplishments


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Marine Carpuat , an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her work entitled Semantic Divergences Across the Language Barrier . Carpuat’s research focuses on the problem of translation—which is more complicated than simply translating words, or finding cognates between and among languages. Carpuat demonstrates how the act of translating languages also involves a rendering of culture perspectives and understanding...  read more
On January 3rd 2018, a team of researchers including Dr. Daniel Genkin published Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution , as well as Meltdown , two notable papers that details security flaws in the world’s computer processors. The papers detail inherent security flaws in speculative execution, a technique used by virtually all modern processors to increase performance by guessing future paths of execution by executing them early. As speculative execution makes machines work faster and more efficiently, it is used in a variety of microprocessors from Intel, AMD, and ARM, which are...  read more
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On December 13, 2017, Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor Ben Shneiderman was the recipient of prestigious Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa) from the University of Melbourne, “in honour of his significant impact in research and commercial applications in the fields of HCI and information visualization.” His nomination was initiated by Egemen Tanin (PhD, ‘01) and Frank Vetere, both professors in computer science. During his visit, Shneiderman gave an inspiring six-minute commencement address during an extremely warm day (95 degree Fahrenheit). The university also invited him to...  read more


Ph.D. student Zuxuan Wu is a now a member of Snap, Inc.'s first class of research fellows . Wu joins eleven other Ph.D. students from universities around the country who specialize in areas ranging from HCI, to computer vision, to machine learning. Wu is a first year Ph.D student in the Department of Computer Science and his advisor is Professor Larry Davis. Wu's specialty is machine learning and his work has already been published in seven papers. He earned a master's degree from Fudan University with Professors Yu-Gang Jiang and Xiangyang Xue. He has also worked as an intern with Dr. Leonid...  read more
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An expert in virtual reality, computer graphics and robotics, Lin joins UMD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ming C. Lin will lead the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, effective January 1, 2018. A noted educator and expert in virtual reality, computer graphics and robotics, Lin will assume the role of Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). As chair, she will oversee a department that has experienced significant increases in student enrollment; expanded its research in virtual and augmented reality, robotics, machine learning, cybersecurity and quantum...  read more
Announcement from the Provost's Office: COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and Capital One today announced a partnership aimed at developing a talented pipeline of students to join the workforce in areas of key national need, such as machine learning, data analytics and cybersecurity. A cornerstone of the new partnership will be the launch of an innovation lab in the university’s Discovery District. Situated along Baltimore Avenue, the lab will give UMD students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom—in topics like data science, technology and automation—...  read more
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On November 1st, 2017 Professor Atif Memon was awarded the 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering 2017 Most Influental Paper (MIP) Award. He has received many accolades for this paper published by ASE in 2003 entitled " What Test Orcacle Should I Use for Effect GUI Testing ?" The MIP commitee stated that "The paper won from an exceptionally strong field of papers published 15+-1 years ago at ASE2001, ASE2002, and ASE2003." One of the most prestigious conferences in the field of Software Engineering, ASE is currently b eing held at the University of Illinois...  read more
Join the department on November 4th-5th to celebrate women in computing at Technica, UMD’s all-women's hackathon . Hackathons bring computer programmers and other interested people together to immerse themselves in tech culture. Technica will take place from November 4th-5th at the Reckord Armory and the event is free. Technica’s main goal is to introduce people who identify as women or non-binary from diverse backgrounds to tech. Anyone (including males) can mentor or volunteer. No computer science experience or coding/tech skills are necessary to participate - It’s a great way to learn...  read more
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Matias Duarte '96 has been featured in Surface Magazine in a long-form article entitled " Duarte's Material World ." It addresses his design aesthetic and his role as Google's Vice President of Design. From the article: "Duarte’s latest project exemplifies how his bold ambitions, combined with a humble profile, enable him to push boundaries. Since shaping the experience of Google’s entire range of products, he has now set out to redesign the design process itself. 'We’re treating the process of design as a design problem,' he says. 'I want the design process to be really transparent. I want...  read more
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Mohit Iyyer and Srijan Kumar have been named the 2017 recipients of the Larry S. Davis Doctoral Dissertation Award. This dissertation award recognizes the two most outstanding dissertations completed over the past year in the department. Iyyer’s dissertation is entitled Beyond Sentential Language Understanding with Deep Learning ; he was advised by Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daumé III. Kumar’s dissertation is entitled Characterization and Detection of Malicious Behavior on the Web , and he was advised by V.S. Subrahmanian. A committee of professorial faculty solicit nominations for this award...  read more