Recent News & Accomplishments


Assistant Professor Dave Levin received a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2017 USENIX Security Symposium for his paper entitled "A Longitudinal, End-to-End View of the DNSSEC Ecosystem." Written with colleagues from Northeastern University, TU Berlin, University of Twente, and Duke University, the paper addresses Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and how well it is deployed on the internet today. All users of the internet depend on DNS (Domain Name Service)--it is the system which maps easily recognizable names including to internet-routable addresss like  read more
Assistant Professor Marine Carpuat and PhD Student Yogarshi Vyas were awarded the Adam Kilgarriff Best Paper Award at the SEM conference (Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics) in August. Their paper is entitled "Detecting Asymmetric Semantic Relations in Context : A Case Study on Hypernymy Detection." Vyas explained that the paper address a key challenge in natural language understanding, which is the building of models that can understand the meaning of words and the relations that exist between them. One such relation is hypernymy, which can be defined as an “is-a”...  read more
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The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announced that Associate Professor Hal Daumé III has been named to The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group. This appointment term is from summer 2017-2020 The group welcomes thirty of the brightest scientists and engineers who work together and determine new areas of development in computer and communication technologies and to recommend future research directions. T he ISAT Study Group was established by DARPA in 1987 to support its technology offices and provide continuing...  read more
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Since 2013, the Computer Science Department has hosted students from around the country to participate in a Research Experience for Undergraduate/Combinatorics and Algorithms for Real Problems / (REU-CAAR) program each summer. This year, twenty students from around the country have come to do research with professors in the D epartments of Computer Science and the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor William Gasarch and Professor Samir Khuller lead the program, which offers very diverse periences for student researchers. The REU program pairs a professor with two or more...  read more
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In his first email to the department since being named interim chair of Computer Science on July 3rd, 2017, Professor Larry Davis sent the following email celebrating Emeritus Professor Jack Minker: "Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Jack Minker on celebrating his 90th birthday tomorrow, July 4. Jack joined the University of Maryland in 1971 and was the founding chair (1974) of our department. Through his hard work both as chair, and as a pioneer in the logical foundations of artificial intelligence, he set the high standards that we have all strived to maintain for nearly 50 years. Jack...  read more
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Via CMNS: Larry Davis has been named interim chair of the University of Maryland Department of Computer Science, effective July 1, 2017. A Distinguished University Professor, Davis joined the UMD faculty in 1981 and served as department chair from 1999 to 2012 and as founding director of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) from 1985 to 1994. “With more than 40 years spent on campus and considerable prior experience leading the department as chair, Larry was the perfect candidate to keep computer science moving forward during this interim period,” said...  read more
The Department is pleased to announce two new members: Roger Eastman will be a Visiting Professor, and Ilchun Yoon will be joining the faculty as a lecturer Both will be teaching undergraduate courses during the upcoming Fall Semester. Professor Roger Eastman currently serves as a Professor of Computer Science at Loyola University, Maryland. Eastman earned his doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1990; his advisor was Professor Larry Davis. His research interests include: Image registration, the alignment of digital images taken in various applications, notably...  read more
Each year, the Department of Computer Science awards outstanding professors, instructors, and teaching assistants for the ingenuity, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and care that they bring to the classroom. This year, awardees have been recognized for their dedication, love of science, and the ways that they help to make the department one of the best at the University of Maryland. Assistant Professor Marine Carpuat, Senior Lecturer Nelson Padua-Perez, and Senior Lecturer Fawzi Emad, served on the award committee. Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards! Professor of the year:...  read more
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The University of Maryland strives to conduct leading research in state of the art laboratories throughout campus. However, as required skillsets for jobs in STEM grows, upper-level undergraduate students in the Department of Computer Science are finding new opportunities to learn research skills inside of the classroom while applying them to real-world problems. In Professor Atif Memon's Programming Handheld Systems class, offered as CMSC436, 83 undergraduate students worked with scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a comprehensive suite of apps to improve...  read more
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Professor Dave Mount will be one of two keynote speakers for the 25th annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA) in Vienna Austria. The symposium will take place from September 4th-8th 2017. The ESA is one of the premier conferences on algorithms and covers research in all aspects of the design, analysis, engineering, and application of algorithms and data structures. ESA is held under the aegis of ALGO which is the congress of the leading international gathering of researchers on Algorithms in Europe.  read more