Recent News & Accomplishments


Justin Searles graduated from UMD in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer Science. During his time at UMD he founded the UMD Startup Shell, a student startup accelerator, with fellow Computer Science department students Eric Rosenberg and Deonna Hodges. Most recently, Justin founded VentureBoard, a web platform that allows startup founders to build their teams, stay organized and motivated and leverage a variety of tools such as Google docs, Heroku, and Justin co-founded VentureBoard with UMD students Avi Eisenberger and Scott Block. Computer Science department Staff Writer Elissa...  read more
Dr. Eytan Ruppin (incoming UMD Computer Science Department Professor and Director of the UMD Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology) and his Ph.D. student Keren Yizhak (Tel Aviv University, Israel) have developed an algorithm that predicts which metabolic genes need to be 'switched off' to prevent aging. Their work was motivated by previous research that has shown the efficacy of caloric restriction as a mechanism to increase life span in a variety of mammals, including humans. Dr. Ruppin and Ms. Yizhak sought to determine which combinations of genes should be targeted by drugs...  read more
Computer Science Department Senior Lecturer Dr. Jan Plane is a Finalist in the 15th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards. Women in Technology is a Washington-D.C. area women's technology community organization, which is honoring Dr. Plane and the 30 other finalists from the Washington D.C. area for their exemplary and leading work in the technology arena. “We’ve received many outstanding nominations in our 15th year of the Leadership Awards; our finalists distinguish themselves through the unprecedented impact they are having on the technology industry,” says Phyllis Kolmus, President...  read more
CS Welcomes New Professors David Van Horn & Zia Khan Grad Students: Learn About Zia & David's Courses and Enroll!  read more
Descriptive Image for Bill Arbaugh named Keynote speaker at INFILTRATE 2014 Conference (15249)
INFILTRATE is a cybersecurity conference focusing on offensive R&D, and is the "single-most important event for those who are focused on the technical aspects of offensive security issues." Computer Science Department Emeritus Professor William Arbaugh has been invited to be a Keynote speaker for this prestigious conference, to be held from May 15-16, 2014. The title of Dr. Arbaugh's Keynote is: "Red Team Deadwood: Why Red Teams are useless." Dr. Arbaugh is the founder of Komoku Inc. a provider of advanced rootkit security detection solutions. Acquired by Microsoft, the Komoku technology...  read more
Computer Science Department Professor V.S. Subrahmanian has co-authored "Indian Mujahideen: Computational Analysis and Public Policy". This book presents the "Policy Computation Algorithm", a collection of policy analysis methods that utilize programming techniques which can be applied to counter-terrorism problems . This algorithm can be used to to predict terror attacks, such as those committed by the Indian Mujahideen terrorists, by analyzing data from text messages and social media posts. The methods presented by V.S. in "Indian Mujahideen: Computational Analysis and Public Policy" have...  read more
Descriptive Image for Kyuseok Shim named 2013 ACM Fellow for contributions to scalable data mining and query processing (15230)
Kyuseok Shim received his Ph.D. from UMD in August 1993. In 2013, Dr. Shim was named an ACM Fellow for his contributions to scalable data mining and query processing research.  read more


The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) has awarded the Maryland Center for Women in Computing a SIGCSE Special Projects Grant for “Computer Science Connect Curriculum-In-A-Box.” SIGCSE Special Projects Grants support projects that investigate and introduce new ideas in the learning and teaching of computing. These projects provide clear benefit to the wider disciplinary community in the form of new knowledge, developing or sharing of a resource, and/or good practice in learning, teaching, or assessment. The Computer Science...  read more
Jan Plane serves as panelist at the Empowering Women in IT Event hosted by Excella Consulting and Women in Technology. The panel addressed barriers facing women in technology and how the audience can help to break down those barriers.  read more
The Department of Computer Science is pleased to announce three new undergraduate student scholarships: the Appian Scholarship (funded by Appian Corporation), the Booz Allen Scholarship (funded by Booz Allen Hamilton), and the Dante Scholarship for Innovation (funded by Dante Consulting) Jeremy Fallick is the inaugural winner of the Appian Scholarship for his record of academic excellence and passion for technology. Kyle Nission was awarded the Booz Allen Scholarship for his achievement in Booz Allen Hamilton's key focus areas, which include big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity. Victor...  read more