Recent News & Accomplishments
In an interview with Roadmap Magazine, Daumé emphasized the need to stop worrying about autonomous AI systems and start prioritizing systems that help people.
As a Volpi-Cupal Professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, Hal Daumé III thinks a lot about how machines learn language. He also thinks a lot about trust: he leads the Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) . Roadmap spoke with him about all of the above—plus béchamel sauce, toddlers and The Terminator. What are you working on right now? In a professional capacity, I’m trying to understand how we can make AI systems work better for people and work better for society. A lot of that is trying to understand the technical piece, the traditional computer... read more
Gossiping offers unexpected benefits beyond idle chitchat, according to a study conducted by UMD and Stanford researchers.
Rumormongers, blabbermouths, busybodies—no matter what you call them, gossipers get a bad rap. But new theoretical research conducted by University of Maryland and Stanford University researchers argues that gossipers aren’t all that bad. In fact, they might even be good for social circles. Gossiping—defined as the exchange of personal information about absent third parties—can provide a “social benefit,” according to the researchers. Their study revealed that gossip is good at disseminating information about people’s reputations, which can help recipients of these tips connect with... read more
Capital One created a campus Tech Incubator at UMD, where students can work on emerging AI and ML capabilities that will transform the financial services industry.
The rapidly changing landscape of artificial intelligence and machine learning requires us to think differently about how we prepare students to advance in this evolving field. Capital One created a campus Tech Incubator at the University of Maryland, where students worked on emerging AI and ML capabilities that will transform the financial services industry. UMD’s Tech Incubator opened in the fall of 2018 and celebrates its five-year anniversary this year. The unique center provides students the opportunity to apply their curriculum in hands-on roles through student employment at Capital One... read more
In 2021, UMD joined the Aspire Alliance, renowned for its commitment to addressing underrepresentation in STEM from marginalized backgrounds.
When Elias Gonzalez was a student at the University of Maryland, he looked up to his computer science professor Nelson Padua-Perez both as a Latino professor and as a Spanish speaker. Gonzalez, now a computer science lecturer at this university, said his former professor remembered him because they spoke the same language. To him, that experience illustrated the importance of having diverse faculty, Gonzalez added. “Diversity means having all that diverse background and having all those lived experiences that are different,” Gonzalez said. “Anytime we can insert that into our sequence, I... read more
Through his startup LearnPrompting, Schulhoff developed a free online course that teaches the basics of using ChatGPT as your very own personal assistant.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing our interactions with technology and challenging our perceptions of machine intelligence. By automating routine tasks, AI is driving innovation in critical sectors like finance, health care and transportation. As this technology continues to advance, it’s vitally important for individuals to be able to understand and effectively communicate with AI. University of Maryland computer science major Sander Schulhoff is addressing this need. Through his startup LearnPrompting , he launched an online course on AI literacy called “ChatGPT for Everyone” in... read more
Soheil Feizi talks with the BBC and discusses Meta's recent measures to label AI-generated images and explores their viability.
It will be deployed on its platforms Facebook, Instagram and Threads. Meta already labels AI images generated by its own systems. It says it hopes the new tech, which it is still building, will create "momentum" for the industry to tackle AI fakery. But an AI expert told the BBC such tools are "easily evadable". In a blog written by senior executive Sir Nick Clegg, Meta says it intends to expand its labeling of AI fakes "in the coming months." However, Associate Professor Soheil Feizi at the University of Maryland suggested such a system could be easy to get around. "They may be able to train... read more
High school senior Aaron Akolly has always looked to the stars for inspiration. With an interest in machine learning and AI development, his goal is to one day create systems for space exploration and ultimately see them put to use as part of Mars colonization efforts. A newly accepted student to UMD’s class of 2028, Akolly is getting a jumpstart by interning in the university’s Perceptual Interface and Reality Lab (PIRL), where researchers are developing an autonomous collision avoidance system for submarines. This system will use passive sonar—listening for the sound made by vessels—to... read more
The University of Maryland (UMD) has joined with more than 200 of the nation’s leading artificial intelligence (AI) stakeholders in a wide-ranging new federal effort to improve the trustworthiness and safety of AI systems. The AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC), announced Thursday, Feb. 8 by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo, brings together AI creators and users, academics, government and industry researchers, and civil society organizations—all focused on improving the technical and societal benefits of AI, while simultaneously reducing its misuse and any related... read more
Christopher Metzler, an assistant professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance his work in “descattering,” which involves developing novel ways for computers to “see through” objects and obstructions that scatter light. Metzler is principal investigator of an NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, expected to total just under $650,000 over the next five years. This highly competitive award, considered one of NSF’s most... read more
Students from 29 high schools around the Washington, D.C., area showcased their skills in the annual programming competition.
The University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science welcomed more than a hundred high school students from across the D.C. area on Saturday, February 3, 2024, to its 34th annual High School Programming Contest (HSPC) at the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering . Twenty-nine teams, each with four students, competed in this year's competition. The annual contest, organized by the Department of Computer Science, aims to foster interest in computer science among high school students, providing a platform for young programmers to excel and gain recognition. The top... read more