Recent News & Accomplishments

From Data Analytics to Models: Developing New Tools to Combat COVID-19 through Computing


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A University of Maryland-led team of researchers recently won an Internet Defense Prize for a paper that uncovered a unique form of distributed denial-of-service attack. The prize—funded by Facebook in partnership with the USENIX Association —celebrates security research contributions to the protection and defense of the internet. The researchers received the third-place prize—which amounts to $40K—for their work discussed in “ Weaponizing Middleboxes for TCP Reflected Amplification .” The paper details their discovery that firewalls and other kinds of network-based “middleboxes”—the...  read more
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The Mokhtarzada brothers’ startup success story comes home with a new student venture incubator at UMD
Idris Mokhtarzada (B.S. ’10, computer science) took his first computer science class at the University of Maryland before he even started high school. He and his older brother Haroon (B.A. ’01, economics) still get a kick out of telling the story. “In the summer after middle school, my mom actually put me into Computer Science 100 or 101 at Maryland,” Idris recalled. “She got permission from the dean who basically said, ‘He can audit the class as long as the professor is fine with it.’ The teacher said it was ok, so there I was, this little kid sitting in the class surrounded by older...  read more
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Michelle Mazurek, an associate professor of computer science and an expert in human-centered security and privacy, is the newest director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). She now leads numerous successful programs and partnerships established by the center’s prior directors— Charalampos “Babis” Papamanthou , Jonathan Katz and Michael Hicks —and is developing new ideas and initiatives of her own. “Our biggest strength has always been the diverse range of high-quality research conducted by our talented faculty, postdocs and graduate students. I would like to build on this to increase...  read more
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A University of Maryland expert on quantum computing is part of a multi-institutional team awarded $7.5 million by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to understand and create an efficient quantum random access memory (QRAM) architecture. Xiaodi Wu , an assistant professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies , is collaborating with researchers from Yale University and the University of Chicago on the five-year project. Their work is funded by a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through the...  read more
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Amitabh Varshney , professor of computer science and dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS), has been named interim vice president for research for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), effective Monday, Oct. 11. In this role, Varshney will provide strategic leadership to support the continued growth of the University of Maryland's more than $1 billion research enterprise. He will also continue to serve as dean of CMNS. Varshney previously served as interim vice president for research from 2016–17. He...  read more
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The two emeritus faculty were recognized for their foundational work two decades ago that underlies modern treemap algorithms.
Two University of Maryland experts in visualization and visual analytics will be honored in October for academic papers they co-authored 20 years ago. Benjamin Bederson (left in photo), professor emeritus of computer science, and Ben Shneiderman (right), Distinguished University Professor emeritus of computer science, will be recognized with the IEEE VIS Test of Time Award at VIS2021 , considered the premier forum for advances in visualization and visual analytics. This prestigious award recognizes articles published at previous conferences whose contents are still vibrant and useful today...  read more
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He was recognized by the SMA for his longstanding work involving quadtrees and other multidimensional spatial data structures for sorting spatial information.
Hanan Samet , a Distinguished University Professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), has been recognized for his influential contributions to the field of solid modeling. The Solid Modeling Association (SMA) recently conferred “Pioneer” status upon Samet, an honor reserved for early contributors to solid modeling who have been influential in starting and expanding the field and its applications in academia or industry. To qualify, one must have contributed to research and scholarship focused on solid...  read more
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Blurring the boundary between digital and physical art, performance and gaming, students in the University of Maryland’s Immersive Media Design (IMD) program are showcasing their work this week at NextNOW Fest , UMD’s annual multi-medium arts festival. Called IMD@NextNOW , the showcase will be on display from September 16—17 in the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, and September 18 at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The exhibits are diverse in medium and topic including a horror game in augmented reality (AR), a night food market in virtual reality (VR) and...  read more
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Program ranks in the Top 10 for the second year in a row.
The University of Maryland’s computer science program ranks 9 th among the country’s public undergraduate programs in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report ’s “Best Colleges.” The program ranks 18th overall. UMD also ranks in the Top 15 in five computer science specialties: Cybersecurity: #4 public, #8 overall Biocomputing/Bioinformatics/Biotechnology: #4 public, #10 overall Artificial Intelligence: #6 public, #10 overall Data Analytics/Science: #10 public, #21 overall Software Engineering: #12 public, #16 overall UMD’s computer science graduate program ranks 16th in the nation...  read more
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Break Through Tech DC hosts its first summer Guild at UMD
Trying out a career in tech can be the best way to explore whether it’s the right fit. And this summer, University of Maryland students got that opportunity through the university’s recently announced partnership with Break Through Tech , which aims to propel more students who identify as women and non-binary into tech education—and ultimately tech careers. Through the Guild program , 55 students got paid to gain hands-on experience in designing and coding real-world applications. With two weeklong virtual sessions in August, incoming freshmen and rising sophomores at UMD learned about design...  read more