Recent News & Accomplishments


Congratulations to David Jacobs on a recent article in the Smithsonian magazine about his work on developing a botanical field guide that uses image processing methods. Article  read more
Come celebrate the Human-Computer Interaction Lab's 25th anniversary by joining us for a very special Symposium on May 29, 2008. Not only will you hear talks about cutting-edge research being conducted at the HCIL, but this year we will begin the Symposium with a very special keynote panel, 25 Years of HCI, 25 Years of the HCIL." Esteemed colleagues from outside of the HCIL will offer their reflections. In addition, this year we will continue the tradition of demos and posters following the talks, but these will happen as a part of lab tours where you will be able to see our new facilities...  read more
The Department hosted its 2008 annual Awards Ceremony on April 18, recognizing the achievements of faculty, staff and students over the past year. Congratulations to all recipients on their accomplishments and hard work. Awards Ceremony Brochure Pictures from the event  read more
The University of Maryland will be the home to North America's first, and the world's second, laboratory dedicated to creating applications for WiMAX, a next generation technology for Web, phone and other wireless communications. ... The MAXWell Lab will provide developers of WiMAX compatible hardware and software with a large test bed and support of faculty and students in university's highly-ranked computer science and computer and electrical engineering departments." UM Press Release  read more
The annual Botball Robotics contest for the DC region will be held in Ritchie Coliseum on May 3. Botball engages students of all backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as they work together as a team to achieve a long-term goal. Botball gives students the opportunity to be on the creative side of technology as they design, build, program, and document a pair of autonomous mobile robots to play in a competition. See  read more
Derek Juba and Adam O'Donovan have received NVIDIA Fellowships for 2008-2009.  read more
Make sure to visit our events on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the 10 th Annual Maryland Day. Kriegspiel Chess See Kriegbot, our Artificial Intelligence Program, in action on the game of Kriegspiel Chess -- a version of chess in which most of your opponent's actions are hidden from you. The Audio Camera We have developed an audio camera that allows us to display the sound as an image. Each pixel of this image represents the intensity of sound from a particular direction. Audio images can be compared with visual images in a number of interesting applications, including noise supression, imaging...  read more
The research accomplishments of Computer Science professors Vic Basili , David Jacobs , Atif Memon , Hanan Samet and Ben Shneiderman will be recognized at the first annual UM Scholarship and Research Celebration to be held May 1st in the Art/Sociology building atrium from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  read more
Adam O'Donovan, Nail Gumerov and Ramani Duraiswami won the UMD 2007 Information Science Invention of the year with their Audio Camera for Efficient Sound Localization". Much as an optical camera creates images from captured light intensity to create a real time picture, an audio "camera" creates a real-time audio image out of sound arriving from all directions to a specific point - the location of the camera. The audio images can be projected onto a corresponding video image for a complete understanding of where the sound originates. Audio images are created using a spherical microphone array...  read more
Ben Shneiderman will give a keynote speech at the ACM SIGMOD conference titled, "Extreme Visualization: Squeezing a Billion Records into a Million Pixels".  read more