Recent News & Accomplishments


Professor Ashok Agrawala was recently recognized with two awards for his contributions to public safety by developing M-Urgency , the wireless campus safety application. The Wireless Foundation and CTIA-The Wireless Association with a VITA Wireless Samaritan Award at their 18th Annual Achievement Awards dinner July 23. "By recognizing the ubiquity of wireless devices on campus, Dr. Agrawala's app is an innovative use of mobile technology that is, at its core, a public safety tool. I'm pleased to present Dr. Agrawala with a VITA Wireless Samaritan Award for creating this app," said Steve...  read more
ACM SIGKDD announced that Prof. Vipin Kumar is the winner of its 2012 Innovation Award . Vipin received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in 1982 under the guidance of Professor Laveen Kanal . Prof. Kumar is currently William Norris Professor and Head of Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. ACM SIGKDD Innovation Award is the highest award for technical excellence in the field of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD). It is conferred on one individual or one group of collaborators whose outstanding technical...  read more
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We are pleased to announce that S. Cenk Sahinalp has been named a University of Maryland Computer Science Department Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Sahinalp is a Professor of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park in 1997 under the supervision of Prof. Uzi Vishkin . He has been a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Labs, Murray Hill, a faculty member at University of Warwick, a research fellow at Center for BioInformatics, University of Pennsylvania...  read more
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The Department is pleased to announce that Tom Reinhardt has been hired as an instructor starting in the Fall term. Tom joins the department having worked in a number of different positions in both industry and teaching. He has worked in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT in the 1980's, commercial software development in the 1990's, and devoted nearly a decade to teaching computer science within the Montgomery County Public School System. Mr. Reinhardt holds an M.A. in Computer Science from Boston University and a B.A., in Philosophy/Political Science from Boston College. He is...  read more
The Department is pleased to announce that Elaine Shi and Nick Feamster will be joining our faculty this summer. Nick and Elaine are world-class researchers, with a focus on computer systems and security. Both will have appointments in UMIACS and in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center . Elaine Shi Elaine Shi will join as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland. She obtained her Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.E. from Tsinghua University. Before joining the University of Maryland, she was...  read more
The Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) Symposium will be held on May 15-16 in the Riggs Alumni Center. Features cutting edge research on cybersecurity being done at the University of Maryland, tutorials by Maryland faculty, and panels and keynotes from outside experts. More details at  read more
The Wall Street Journal's recent Path to Professions feature ranked the Department 10th among schools producing the best CS graduates, according to recruiters.  read more
Professor Hanan Samet has been selected by ACM to serve as the Founding Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the new ACM journal titled: ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems (TSAS).  read more
Hanan Samet is the recipient of the 2012 ACM Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award. Dr. Samet won this award for fundamental contributions to the development of multidimensional spatial data structures and indexing. The full press release at cites the following contributions as the basis for the award: "Dealing with multidimensional numerical data naturally arises in spatial, optimization, and learning problems. Accessing such information rapidly requires efficient and preferably elegantly simple data structures. If a...  read more
Thursday, April 26, 2012 3:30 p.m. CHE 2110 Dr. Nam-Sung (Stephen) Woo President System LSI Business Device Solutions Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd Host: Prof. Ashok Agrawala Title: Supercomputer in your hand: history & future direction Abstract: In this talk, we will present recent advances of computing power in mobile devices and how the progress has been achieved. We will describe multicore system of application processors that support multimedia applications. Examples of industry, including Samsung Electronics, will be presented. We will compare this phenomenon against the...  read more