Recent News & Accomplishments


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His work aims to revolutionize how people of all skill levels engage with the digital arts.
Songwei Ge , a computer science Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, recently received one of 10 NVIDIA Graduate Fellowships for his work on "Learning Artificial Creativity to Enhance Human Creativity." This project focuses on developing generative models for images and videos and aims to augment human creativity, enabling individuals to produce artistic content effortlessly, regardless of their skill level. The NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship supports the research of promising students in the field of computer science and related areas. The award includes a scholarship of up to $60,000...  read more
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Undergraduate research in robotics teaches computer science students to fail forward
The fish was floundering. Bobbing precariously at the edge of University of Maryland’s neutral buoyancy tank, a robotic catfish struggled to swim as the students coaxed its motor. The device should have been cruising along the surface of the 367,000-gallon pool; but despite countless tests, hours and design reboots, something had gone very wrong. That’s sort of the point, said Assistant Clinical Professor Lena Johnson ’14, M.S. ’16, Ph.D. ’22. “The creative process is all about iteration; that’s how everything gets better,” she said. “But also, it’s going to fail. Sometimes that’s the goal...  read more
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Manocha has been recognized for his significant impacts on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.
Distinguished University Professor Dinesh Manocha has been named a 2023 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in recognition of his outstanding work in technology research and education and his contributions to academia and industry. Throughout his career, Manocha has successfully transitioned his research into marketable technology through his research groups and startup companies. His outreach has resulted in software systems, robot operating systems and computer-aided design to be employed by over 60 companies, including a number of Fortune 500 companies. “Congratulations to...  read more
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Koutilya Ponukupati concentrates on the fusion of generative AI and vision-language models to enhance computer vision systems.
As a graduate student working in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), Koutilya Ponukupati Naga Venkata Rama would often spend 50 or more hours each week conducting important research. Much of Ponukupati’s work focused on computer vision—particularly on topics that lay at the intersection of generative AI and vision-language models for improving existing computer vision systems. But when the lab work became overwhelming, or he needed a break to refresh or rethink ideas, Ponukupati would leave his academic home in College Park to visit some of the nation’...  read more
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The Center for Machine Learning hosts the annual program aimed at supporting researchers from underrepresented groups who are active in computer science and machine learning.
In a conscious effort to improve inclusion and diversity, the University of Maryland Center for Machine Learning hosts an annual program aimed at supporting graduate students, postdocs, and junior industry researchers from underrepresented groups who are active in computer science and machine learning. Now in its fifth year, the Rising Stars in Machine Learning program provides a $500 honorarium and all-expenses-paid trip to College Park, where selected scholars present their research and engage with UMD’s machine learning community. “This initiative is designed to position these emerging...  read more
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Hal Daumé discusses AI's future and its eventual use in real-world circumstances.
As generative AI continues to make significant strides, industry experts predict 2024 to be the year it will further enrich the technological landscape. According to leading figures, this year will not just see the general-purpose AI models, but also the introduction of more specialized AI tools designed to address needs in specific domains. TECHnalysis president Bob O’Donnell, among others, suggests that this year will witness the integration of AI in everyday devices, shaping how people use technology in their daily lives. From PCs and smartphones to audio and video platforms, AI’s...  read more
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Maryland Cybersecurity Center researchers honored for study on China's real-time encryption blocking system.
Researchers in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center have been recognized for their groundbreaking study on China’s latest censorship system that blocks fully-encrypted traffic in real time. “Our work not only provides a detailed, data-driven understanding of how China has been censoring fully-encrypted traffic, it also uses these new findings to present a slew of ways to circumvent censorship,” says Dave Levin , an associate professor of computer science and core member in MC2. The Great Firewall of China (GFW) is the nickname given to the combination of tools, services and rules that the...  read more
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He received the esteemed award for his pioneering research and scholarship in spatial databases and related fields.
Hanan Samet , a Distinguished University Professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies is the inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Impact Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (ACM SIGSPATIAL). He was honored for his pioneering research and scholarship in spital databases and related fields and dedicated service to ACM SIGSPATIAL. The award recognized his five decades of advancing technical achievements and educational tools focused on databases, data...  read more
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Leeman sought out University Career Center support for internship applications and interviews and landed a Major League Baseball internship.
Why did you decide to study computer science at UMD and what do you hope to do with your degree? I’ve always been drawn to technology and how it can be utilized to impact our daily lives. My passion for computer science grew with two computer science electives in high school, where I learned basics in HTML, CSS, Javascript and Java. As I prepare to graduate, I am proud of all the skills I’ve developed in computer programming and data analysis, and I hope to apply them to building software that can benefit the lives of others. How have you taken advantage of opportunities on campus to pursue...  read more
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From Maryland to ‘Wunderland,’ computer science alums Kristin and Andy Looney have been on a game-changing journey.
In a big, purple Victorian house not far from the University of Maryland campus, Kristin (B.S. ’88, computer science) and Andy Looney (B.S. ’86, computer science) have spent nearly three decades making a unique kind of magic. Together, through their company Looney Labs, the husband and wife have created a smorgasbord of signature games with names like Icehouse , Fluxx and Volcano , giving gamers of all ages a new way to play. “Our mission is to create fun—to create attractive, innovative and, above all, really fun parlor games,” Kristin explained. Though their business is all about games, it’...  read more