Recent News & Accomplishments


UM Computer Science graduate students Darya Filippova, Andreea Olea, Michael VanDaniker and Krist Wongsuphasawat won the Greg Herrington Award from the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) for Excellence in Visualization Research for their paper entitled, "Visual Analytics for Transportation Incident Datasets". Their novel, web-based, visual analytics tool is called ICE (Incident Cluster Explorer) . It affords sophisticated yet easy to learn analysis of transportation incident datasets. Interactive maps, histograms, two-dimensional plots, and parallel coordinate...  read more
Jonathan Katz was an invited speaker at the 2009 Joint Mathematics Meetings , AMS Special Session on Algebraic Cryptography and Generic Complexity.  read more


An ACM Team coached by Professor Amol Deshpande has been selected as one of the top 100 teams out of 7,000 from over 1800 universities in 88 countries that has earned the opportunity to advance to the 2009 ACM-ICPC World Finals in Stockholm, Sweden, sponsored by IBM and hosted by KTH - The Royal Institute of Technology.  read more
Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Yahoo! Research, presents "New Sciences for a new Web". Date: December 1, 2008 Time: 4:00 pm Location: CSIC 1115 The web experience has changed from a human interacting with a browser, to the emergence of a plethora of social media experiences. One consequence is that we need research advances that straddle the boundaries between computational and social sciences, the latter including microeconomics, cognitive psychology and sociology. It also raises difficult questions on the use of data - ranging from the algorithmic to the societal. This lecture will attempt to...  read more
Qiang Yang , a 1989 PhD graduate of our department, has been elevated to IEEE Fellow.  read more
Congratulations to Matt McCutchen, Mitchell Katz and Alan Jackoway for placing first in the Mid-Atlantic ACM programming contest. The team was advised by Amol Deshpande. Score summary  read more
Bonnie Dorr and her students, Matthew Snover and Nitin Madnani (in collaboration with Rich Schwartz at BBN Technologies) participated in the first ever NIST Metric MATR workshop to evaluate and compare automatic machine translation evaluation metrics. Their submission, TERp (Translation Edit Rate plus), was noted for its ability to automatically predict the quality of a translation. TERp was one of the top performing metrics at the workshop, and had the highest Pearson correlation coefficient, with human judgments in 9 of the 45 test conditions -- more than any other metric. In addition, in...  read more
Thomas Malone from MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence presents "Classifying and Designing Collective Intelligence". Date: November 3, 2008 Time: 4:00 pm Location: CSIC 1115 Some of the most interesting recent Internet applications (like Wikipedia, Digg, and Google) are examples of what is variously called "Web 2.0" or "collective intelligence." Designing such systems well is not just a matter of software design  read more
Effective January 1, 2009 Professor Ashok Agrawala will become a Life member of the IEEE, a distinguished status reserved for those with a long association with the IEEE. Life members contribute greatly to the fortunes of the IEEE through their service on committees and boards, involvement with local activities, and their contributions to the technical vitality of the IEEE.  read more
David Jacobs continues the 2008 Colloquium Series with his research "Matching Images with Deformations". Date: October 20, 2008 Time: 4:00 pm Location: CSIC 1115 When we match images that come from the same object, we must often allow for 2D, non-linear deformations. These can model changes in shape that can occur when an object deforms or an articulated object moves its parts, differences in shape between different instances of the same type of object, or variations in apparent shape due to changes in viewpoint. This talk will provide an overview of several approaches to matching that stress...  read more