Recent News & Accomplishments


For those of you keeping score at home, Matthew Bender prefers Vim over Emacs. As for his favorite flavor of Linux, Bender says he uses Ubuntu. And predictably, his shell of choice is Bash. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might consider attending Bender’s weekly workshop “Don’t Let the Line Command You”, where the junior computer science major leads participants from basic shell commands to proficiency developing in a Linux environment. Bender’s idea for the command line workshop emerged midway through last semester. He had been working in a Linux environment for some time and...  read more
Over Martin Luther King weekend, Terrapins of all ages and skill levels converged upon two of the biggest and most prestigious and high-profile hackathons in the country. These hackathons, namely the University of Pennsylvania's PennApps and the University of Michigan's MHacks, are two of the oldest and best known student-run hackathons. Each draws in over a thousand hackers from across the country (and world) for their biannual competitions, not to mention plenty of interest from preeminent tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple. As a result, both have had to adopt increasingly...  read more
Some freshmen spend their summers lounging around the pool or marathoning TV shows--not Andrew Liu. The ambitious UMD sophomore Computer Science major spent his previous summer at the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL), where he used data mining techniques to further research in the field of code stylometry. In spring 2014, Liu applied to ARL and was matched with Aylin Caliskan-Islam, a doctoral student at Drexel University studying computer science privacy issues. Under ARL’s Open Campus initiative, Caliskan-Islam had the opportunity to work in world class research facilities...  read more
The University of Maryland’s seven-month-old Terrapin Cricket Club plans to compete in the American College Cricket National Tournament this March. After its success at the regional tournament in October, the team was selected to participate in the national tournament as a debutante team. The players have battled numerous obstacles since its formation, and they will have to overcome yet another as they begin to fundraise for the national tournament that will be held in Florida. The ACC divides its collegiate teams into five separate zones. The Terrapins competed in the Mid-Atlantic Region and...  read more
The Computer Science department held an intro to VR programming seminar for students over winter break.
While most of us were home for winter, the Computer Science department hosted an intro to VR programming seminar. This seminar introduced students to the basics of the game engine Unity , as well as proper VR practices. Led by undergraduate Shariq Hashme, the students ranged in experience from CMSC132 to 400-level courses and most had little experience in VR. Hashme structured the seminar like a condensed, but open-ended, course. The first few days were all about the basics -- shaders, scripts, optimal VR practices. After that, he let the students loose to work on their own projects, giving...  read more
Computer science seems to come just as easy to Alex as lacrosse does. Although she replaced multiple names on her high school’s track records and guided the soccer team to a county championship, she always felt lacrosse just clicked for her. Her feelings about lacrosse are similar towards the introductory computer programming class she took to fulfill her high school’s technology requirement. Alex was named a Rising Star in Computer Science for superior academic achievement, and her success was not contained to the classroom. She also led Marriotts Ridge High School lacrosse team to state and...  read more
Sometimes, RSVPing for an event can be more of a harrowing process than it should be. There's the lurking fear of “what if something comes up?”, the constant worry of which friends or acquaintances may or may not be there; even, sometimes, the periodic thoughts of “am I even qualified to attend this?" In a place as big as Maryland, figuring out the unsaid rules of department-event-going can be more than a little stressful, especially when your major alone has twice as many students as your high school. The Computer Science Department's Hot Chocolate Social, held from 4 PM to 6 PM Wednesday,...  read more
Computer science sophomore, Jeremy Krach, took third place in IBM’s Master the Mainframe 2014 this winter, beating out 4,900 high school and college students across the United States and Canada. The competition, which ran from October to December 31st 2014, lets students who have never done any mainframe programming before to learn how to use, maintain, and design applications. Through Master the Mainframe, which is now in its tenth year, IBM aims to equip students with basic mainframe programming skills to make them more competitive in the enterprise computing industry. The competition was...  read more
Professor Amitabh Varshney and his work on the brain’s cortex and how it processes the visual and language is the subject of a article entitled "Human-Like Robots are getting jobs." While the title of the article is a bit hyperbolic, the article highlights the work that Varshney is doing to advance artificial intelligence and the algorithms necessary to produce life-like robots. Describing the work done in the Computer Science Department as that which "seems to fly off the pages of a science fiction," the article details Varshney's work on analyzing functions of the brain, and his...  read more
Professor and Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science Samir Khuller and Professor Dave Mount advised two students from Montgomery Blair High school's magnet program who have been named as Intel Student Talent Search 2015 Semi-Finalists. Khuller advised Matthew Das Sarma on his project "Absorptive Matchings and the Minimum Vertex Cover with Hard Capacities Problem," and Mount advised Sachin Pandey on his project "Optimizing Nearest Neighbor Search Methods Using Volume Overlap." Each year, several Computer Science faculty members give of their time to advise talented high school...  read more