Recent News & Accomplishments
On February 24, 2017, Assistant Professor Michelle Mazurek gave the keynote address for the ACM Capital Region Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) 2017 held at Georgetown University. Mazurek’s talk was entitled Expanding Usable Security Beyond End Users . This yearly celebration “brings together women at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to promote the recruitment, retention, and progression of women in computing fields.” The conference also includes several technical talks as well as opportunities for women in computer science to interact and network.
Mohammad Taghi Hajiaghayi, the Jack and Rita Minker Professor of Computer Science, has been awarded an ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) award for 2017 . Over the last five years he has coached five teams of talented students who have advanced to the World Finals. Hajiaghayi will be presented with the award at the ACM-ICPC World Finals Opening Ceremony on Monday, May 22nd in Rapid City, South Dakota. "Congratulations to Mohammad and all of the students who have been in the teams the last few years. They are indeed fortunate to have had Mohammad as the coach," said Samir...
In early March of 2017, Professor Mike Hicks and Assistant Professor Michelle Mazurek were granted a Google Research Award for 2016 in the area of Security . Assistant Professor Jon Froehlich and Affiliate Assistant Professor Leah Findlater (Assistant Professor of the I-School) have been awarded a Google Faculty Award as well in the area of Physical Interfaces and Immersive Experiences. The Google grants cover tuition for a graduate student and give faculty and students the opportunity to work directly with Google researchers and engineers. According to the Google research blog, they received...
Assistant Professor Jon Froehlich, who also has an appointment in the university’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), is the recipient of a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. His work, A Tangible-Graphical Approach to Engage Young Children in Wearable Design , enables children as young as five to be able to interact with technology through physical objects to learn concepts from programming to design to data science. Children are able to manipulate and arrange objects to perform tasks (such as arranging tiles to create...
Barna Saha, Ph.D '11 was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award for 2017. Samir Khuller, Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science, served as her advisor. Saha is currently a professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Science . Her specialties include theoretical computer science and data management. In an interview published by UMass Amherst, Saha explained that she will be working on what problems can be solved by computers in a reasonable amount of time. Please read UMass Amherst's Press Release on Saha's award.
PhD student Elissa Redmiles has been named a Facebook Fellow for 2017. She joins twelve other fellows this year. The fellowship was started six years ago “to encourage and support promising doctoral students engaged in innovative and relevant research across computer science and engineering.” Redmiles’ advisor is Assistant Professor Michelle Mazurek of Computer Science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. “This year we received over 800 applications from promising PhD students,” said Rebekkah Hogan, Fellowship Program Manager. “The 2017 Fellows represent...
On February 21st 2017, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation named its newest class of Sloan Research Fellows. This year, the Computer Science Department has the distinct honor of having two members of this year’s class of fellows: Assistant Professor Jon Froehlich and Assistant Professor Tom Goldstein.
Principal Lecturer Dr. Jan Plane has been named a University of Maryland Woman of Influence by the President's Commission on Women's Issues . Emerita Professor Ellin Scholnick, Faculty Ombuds Officer and Chair of the President's Commission on Women's Issues noted "We had a very strong pool of nominees, and Dr. Plane stood out among them as a true Woman of Influence." Plane is the Director for the Maryland Center for Women in Computing (MCWIC). She heads the Computer Science Connect Program , a program that introduces middle school girls to computer science through fun, challenging, and...
Professor Aravind Srinivasan has been named a fellow the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) for major contributions to algorithms, the uses of randomisation in algorithms, randomness in networks, and the real-world applications of these topics. Founded in 1972, The European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) is an international organization which facilitates the exchange of ideas and results among theoretical computer scientists. A full list of EATCS are listed here: http://eatcs.org/index.php/eatcs-fellows
Professor Atif Memon has received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for enhancing sensitivity of combinatorial clinical outcomes for progressive multiple sclerosis by incorporating naturalistic granular data collected by smartphone/tablet/wearables technologies. Current drug development for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is limited due to inability to measure with high sensitivity and specificity loss of neurological functions caused by damage to brain and spinal cord. Memon will work towards enhancing the sensitivity of such combinatorial clinical...