Recent News & Accomplishments


The Cupid's Cup contest provides Maryland start-up companies with a mechanism to compete for funding. The company that captured the imaginations of Plank and the other judges was Social Growth Technologies. Co-founder Paul Capriolo, a 2006 University of Maryland alumnus, is on his third start-up with Social Growth. He's generating sales and striking deals with major Facebook application developers. His company helps Facebook developers generate revenue from the virtual currency they may use in online games. On Facebook, there's over 1 billion users of virtual currency applications," Capriolo...  read more
Professor Emeritus Jack Minker will give a keynote lecture at the 2010 Nonmonotonic Research Workshop (NMR10) in Toronto, Canada on May 14, 2010. The lecture is in honor of the 30th anniversary of the late Raymond Reiter's 1980 paper, "A Logic for Default Reasoning". Reiter was a Principal Founder of the field of Nonmonotonic Reasoning. Ray Reiter, was one of the leading researchers in the field of artificial intelligence at the time of his death, September 16, 2002, at the age of 63. He received many awards for his seminal contributions: Fellow of the ACM, the AAAI, the Royal Society of...  read more
Teams representing the University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, MIT, and Harvard were selected from two dozen semifinalists competing to win the $200,000 MIT Clean Energy Prize -- a national annual competition for the best clean energy business venture. The finalists (who have already received a $15,000 cash prize to jump-start business ventures featuring their clean energy innovations) will present their plans to a grand-prize judging panel at an awards ceremony held at the MIT Faculty Club on May 11th. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $200,000 by...  read more
May 4, 2010 on Fox 5, "UMD Students Working on Next Big App". Full story  read more
Professor Emeritus Jack Minker has been invited to present a lecture in honor of Raymond Reiter at the 2010 International Conference on Nonmonotonic Reasoning in Toronto, Canada, in mid-May 2010. The lecture is historical in nature, but is oriented towards those familiar with nonmonotonic reasoning, a subfield of artificial intelligence. Professor Minker will present his lecture at the University of Maryland. Preceding his lecture, he will briefly discuss nonmonotonic reasoning so those unfamiliar with the field will be able to follow the lecture. An abstract of the talk he will present at...  read more
University of Maryland Department of Computer Science is proud to present a seminar on the occasion of Ben Shneiderman's Election to the National Academy of Engineering. Department Chair Larry Davis will make introductory remarks. Title: Information Visualization for Knowledge Discovery Date: Tuesday April 27, 2010 Time: 2pm Location: AV Williams Building, Room 2460 Interactive information visualization tools provide researchers with remarkable capabilities to support discovery. These telescopes for high-dimensional data combine powerful statistical methods with user-controlled interfaces...  read more
Maryland Day 2010 takes place April 24, 10-4pm. Computer Science has two demos located in the tent in front of the Math Building. Maryland Day website  read more
Distinguished Lecture Series presents Eric Horvitz, "Machine Intelligence and the Open World". Date: April 19, 2010 Time: 4:00 pm Location: CSIC Building, Room 1115 Systems that sense, learn, and reason from streams of data promise to provide extraordinary value to people and society. Harnessing computational principles to build systems that operate in the open world can also teach us about the sufficiency of existing models, and frame new directions for research. I will discuss efforts on learning and inference in the open world, highlighting key ideas in the context of projects in...  read more
April 17, 2010 ABC 7 News, "WLS-TV Chicago Chicago Students Face Off in Battle of Books". Full story  read more
Vladimir Eidelman has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG).  read more