Recent News & Accomplishments


Uzi Vishkin to give a Parallel@Illinois Distinguished Lecture and a Computer Science Colloquium, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, March 15, 2010, entitled: "Using Simple Abstraction to Guide the Reinvention of Computing for Parallelism". Download abstract  read more
Ben Shneiderman will be presented an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Castilla-LaMancha on February 9, 2010 in Ciudad Real, Spain.  read more


CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awards for 2010 have been announced and Richard Matthew McCutchen, a Junior majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics is one of the winners. Matt has a long history of research going back to high school when he worked on the popular matching" problem (e.g., matching a set of people to jobs trying to satisfy their preferences) which has been cited by several researchers. At Maryland, Matt has worked on streaming algorithms for clustering and developed a new algorithm for handling outliers. He has also worked on various projects in the area of...  read more
Distinguished Lecture Series presents Divesh Srivastava, "Dependence and Truth". Date: December 7, 2009 Time: 4:00 pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 The Web has enabled the availability of a huge amount of useful information, but has also eased the ability to spread false information and rumors across multiple sources, making it hard to distinguish between what is true and what is not. Since it is important to permit the expression of dissenting and conflicting opinions, it would be a fallacy to try to ensure that the Web provides only consistent information. However, to help in...  read more
Aravind Srinivasan and Amitabh Varshney have been elected to the rank of Fellow of the IEEE.  read more
David An and Michael Furr received the best student research paper, co-authored with Prof. Jeff Foster at OOSPLA'09 for their paper titled, "Profile-Guided Static Typing for Dynamic Scripting Languages".  read more
Saeed Alaei and Azarakhsh Malekian received the best student paper award for their paper, "An analysis of troubled assets reverse auction" at WINE 2009 (Workshop on Internet and Network Economics) held in Rome.  read more
The Department's ACM team won the ACM Mid-Atlantic Programming Contest in early November and has advanced to the 2010 ACM-ICPC World Finals to be held in Harbin, China. The team is one of the top 100 teams out of 7,000 teams competing, representing 1,800 universities in 88 countries. The contest will be sponsored by IBM and hosted by Harbin Engineering University. The Finals are scheduled this year for early February. The team includes CS undergrads Alan Jackoway, Mitchell Katz, and Matt McCutchen with coaching provided by Prof. Amol Deshpande.  read more
The paper Social Trust Based Web Service Composition", by Ugur Kuter and Jennifer Golbeck, has won the Best Paper Award at the 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2009). Ugur Kuter received his Ph.D. from our department in 2006. He is now an Assistant Research Scientist in UMIACS. Jennifer Golbeck received her Ph.D. from our department in 2005. She is now an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in our department.  read more
Mike Hicks has been invited (and accepted) to serve on DARPA's ISAT panel. ISAT was established in 1987 by DARPA to support its technology offices, providing continuing and independent assessment of the state of advanced information science and technology and their relationship to DoD issues. Please join me in congratulating Mike.  read more