Recent News & Accomplishments


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Christopher Metzler to study the neural mechanisms that support toddlers’ learning as they interact with caregivers.
A focus on healthy development and aging unite the projects awarded seed grant funding for 2023 by the University of Maryland’s Brain and Behavior Institute (BBI). Inspired by cutting-edge technologies at UMD and BBI core facilities, the 2023 seed grant recipients take on such disorders as autism, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, hearing loss, caregiver-child communication, and familial dysautonomia—a rare but fatal neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorder. The investigators on the six interdisciplinary teams hail from 13 departments, centers and institutes across five UMD colleges,...  read more
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Professorship funded by a $1 million gift from IonQ and matched by $1 million from the Maryland Department of Commerce.
The article has been republished from CMNS webpage. The University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) will establish the IonQ Professorship with a $1 million gift from IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), an industry leader in quantum computing. IonQ’s gift is being matched by $1 million through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative (MEI), a state program created to spur basic and applied research in scientific and technical fields at the state’s colleges and universities. The IonQ Professorship will be held by a faculty member in either the Department of Physics or the...  read more
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University of Maryland faculty and graduate students were robustly represented at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems ( NeurIPS 2022), with a total of 39 accepted papers. Twenty-three of the papers were accepted to the main conference, while 16 were presented at its affiliated workshops, ranging from topics on multi-agent reinforcement learning to disparities in facial recognition software to defending against data poisoning attacks. The conference, held from November 28–December 9 in New Orleans, is one of the most competitive and prestigious international gatherings...  read more
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A University of Maryland expert in wireless networking and mobile computing will use funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance his research in ambient computing, an invisible yet useful concept of blending computing power into our everyday lives by embedding it into our surroundings. Nirupam Roy , an assistant professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies , is principal investigator of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award, expected to total $601K over the next five years...  read more
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Distinguished University Professor Dinesh Manocha is a co-PI on the project, leading efforts to develop ground and aerial autonomy related to human-machine teaming.
Faculty and research scientists at the University of Maryland recently received funding to continue their work in artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies that can benefit the U.S. military. The award—expected to reach up to $15.1M—is the third-year installment in a five-year cooperative agreement between the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and multiple academic institutions. If fully funded through the entire five-year period, the award could total almost $68M. Known as ArtIAMIS , which stands for AI and Autonomy for Multi-Agent Systems, the agreement incentivizes research and...  read more
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Mohammad T. Hajiaghayi , the Jack and Rita G. Minker Professor of Computer Science, has been honored by the University of Waterloo with the 2022 Faculty’s Alumni Achievement Medal in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments in academic career, leadership and research. Each year the University of Waterloo recognizes alumni including tech experts, researchers, advocates and business leaders who are making significant contributions to the industries, local communities and the world at large. The award committee unanimously chose Hajiaghayi for the medal in recognition of his...  read more
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Whether it’s scrambling up sheer rock faces, trying to solve a complex problem in the lab, or working long hours to submit an academic paper, Jason Fan is always eager to conquer the next challenge. Fan is a fifth-year computer science doctoral student in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) focused on designing small, fast, and efficient algorithms and tools for analyzing DNA and RNA sequencing data. He’s also an avid rock climber, participating in collegiate sport and speed competitions as an undergraduate at Tufts University, and nowadays—when time and weather...  read more


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How alum Thomas Geisler transitioned from the U.S. Army to the University of Maryland and a career as a software engineer
In 2013, when many of his friends from the Baltimore area were finishing college or starting their careers, Thomas Geisler found himself in a very different place: a combat zone. In Laghman Province, Afghanistan, even the weather was like nothing Geisler had ever experienced—and not in a good way. “I was in such a dusty place in Afghanistan that when it rained the raindrops would collect dirt on the way down,” Geisler recalled. “I don’t know how many people can say that they’ve gotten caught in a mud rainstorm, but I have, and it’s not pleasant.” Geisler (B.S. ’21, mathematics; B.S. ’21,...  read more
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Heng Huang will be the first Brendan Iribe Endowed Professor in Computer Science
Heng Huang doesn’t merely follow trends in the rapidly evolving field of computer science— he sets them. Huang, who will join the University of Maryland as the inaugural Brendan Iribe Endowed Professor in Computer Science in spring 2023, was the first researcher to propose theoretically guaranteed algorithms for breaking backward locking in backpropagation, which play a central role in optimizing deep learning models. He also pioneered research on asynchronous distributed learning, federated learning and multimodal imaging-omics data integration. His research touches on many aspects of...  read more
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Alum Peter Ersts creates software and solutions for the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
For Peter Ersts (B.S. ’97, computer science), working for the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) in New York City has meant some extraordinary opportunities and experiences—wild adventures that have taken him all over the world. “One of my favorite places is Palmyra Atoll, which is way out in the middle of the Pacific, and there we were doing sea turtle research, looking at green sea turtles, capturing them and tagging them and taking skin samples for genetic analysis,” Ersts explained. “My other favorite project was in Madagascar, and I was...  read more