Recent News & Accomplishments


Frederic Koehler, of Montgomery Blair High School and a student of Professor Samir Khuller, has been named a finalist in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search, a national pre-college competition. Recognized for his work Quick and Efficient: Fast Algorithms for Completion Time and Batch Minimization on Multiple Machines , Koehler is the only finalist representing the State of Maryland. Full Story Here  read more
On Wednesday the University of Maryland's emergency smartphone application, M-Urgency, gets its long-awaited public launch, when the app becomes available for free download to the university community. The app -- currently available only for android phones -- allows students, faculty and staff to instantly share video, audio and location information about their emergency with university police dispatchers. The M-Urgency app was developed by UMD Computer Science Professor Ashok Agrawala and his team in collaboration with the university's Department of Public Safety. Together they have been...  read more


Prof. Ben Shneiderman has been named an IEEE Fellow. This award is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. 321 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2011. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 385,000 members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging...  read more
Michael Hicks will serve as the Director of the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2). Hicks' research focus is on developing and evaluating techniques to improve software reliability and security.  read more
Ben Bederson has been selected as an ACM Distinguished Scientist for 2011.  read more
Erik D. Demaine, MIT Time: Monday 4pm-5pm, Nov 7, 2011 Place: CSIC Building, Room 1115 (Refreshment will be served before the talk at 3:30pm, CSIC Lobby)  read more
Alexandros Tzannes, a Computer Science graduate student, co-advised by Profs. Rajeev Barua, ECE/ISR and Uzi Vishkin, ECE/UMIACS, won the first place in the ACM Student Research Competition for his paper, Improving Run-Time Scheduling for General-Purpose Parallel Code" at The Twentieth International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT), Galveston Island, Texas, October 10-14, 2011 . This is the first time in the seven years during which these ACM competitions have been held that a UMD student has won first prize. Alexandros’...  read more
The paper Predicting Trust and Distrust in Social Networks co-authored by recently-graduated PhD student Tom DuBois with professors Jennifer Golbeck and Aravind Srinivasan , has received the Best Paper Award at IEEE SocialCom (The Third IEEE International Conference on Social Computing), 2011.  read more
Jay Pujara, a second year PhD student working with Dr. Getoor and Dr. Daumé, won a best paper award at the 8th Annual Collaboration, Electronic messaging, Anti-Abuse and Spam Conference (CEAS 2011) for the following paper: Using Classifier Cascades for Scalable E-Mail Classification,  read more
Two team projects from Professor Shneiderman 's CMSC 734 Info Visualization course were accepted to IEEE Social Computing Conference , October 9-11 in Boston, MA. Gove, R., Gramsky,, N., Kirby, R., Sefer, E., Sopan, A., Dunne, C., Shneiderman, B. and Taieb-Maimon, M., NetVisia: Heat map & matrix visualization of dynamic social network statistics & content, Proc. IEEE Conference on Social Computing, IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ (to appear, October 2011). Khurana, U., Nguyen, V., Cheng, H., Ahn, J., Chen, X., Shneiderman, B., Visual analysis of temporal trends in social networks using...  read more