Recent News & Accomplishments


Associate Professor Andrew Childs is a new co-director of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). Childs says he is determined to help the university make strides in the field of quantum information. "At QuICS, we will try to better understand the power of quantum computers, enabling revolutionary information processing technologies," Childs says. "Maryland is already a major player in quantum information, and through QuICS, we will grow into a leading center for quantum computer science." QuICS is the latest addition to the university’s commitment to securing a...  read more
Assistant Research Scientist Dave Levin (CS) and Assistant Professor Tudor Dumitras (ECE) worked with a team of computer scientists from Northeastern and Stanford universities on "Analysis of SSL Certificate Reissues and Revocations in the Wake of Heartbleed." Their paper, presented at the ACM 2014 Internet Measurement Conference in Vancouver, BC, addresses the difficult task of measuring whether or when a systems administrator should have revoked a certificate (for the secure operation of a public key infrastructure or PKI) in the wake of a security threat--in this case, Heartbleed. Both...  read more
Provided by Funds from BRAID Initiative Grant
Last October, over 30 women students and faculty attended the Grace Hopper Celebration held in Phoeniz, AZ. With funding from the recently-formed BRAID Initiative, they were able to travel to the world's largest gathering of women technologists free of charge. The University of Maryland will receive $30,000 per year for three years to support efforts to increase the number of women and students of color who major in computer science. UMD is one of 15 universities that will be supported by the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative led by the Anita Borg...  read more
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Center researchers aim to understand how quantum systems can store, transport, process information
The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the creation of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), with the support and participation of the Research Directorate of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS). Scientists at the center will conduct basic research to understand how quantum systems can be effectively used to store, transport and process information. This new center complements the fundamental quantum research performed at the...  read more
The University of Maryland announced today it received a five-year, $425,000 gift from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Bethesda Chapter to support undergraduate student scholarships and an outreach program that encourages middle school students from underrepresented groups to explore computer science. AFCEA Bethesda also contributed a total of $550,000 to four other local educational institutions to create a pathway for local elementary through high school students interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)...  read more
In his Fall 2014 Video Message , University President Wallace Loh took time to highlight the record $34 million in donations by Brendan Iribe, Michael Antonov and Elizabeth Iribe to establish the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation , as well as other generous donations of $4 million to establish the Elizabeth Iribe Chair in Computer Science, another endowed professorship as well as several scholarships. President Loh's mention of the Center starts at the 1:17 mark.  read more
Ben Shneiderman 's treemap art project Every Algorithm has Art in It will be a featured exhibition at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington, DC. The opening night, October 16th, will feature panelists on the subject of Technology and Creativity , including Jon Froehlich, who will talk about wearable technologies. When asked about Shneiderman's work, Froehlich observes that "Ben's Treemap algorithm is a type of "space-filling" visualization that cleverly uses proportionally sized rectangles to reveal relationships in hierarchical data. Originally developed for visualizing hard drive...  read more
Jon Froehlich ’s Hackerspace , located in HCIL , is the subject of a photo spread on Terp Magazine online . The photographs capture the camaraderie and excitement that takes place in hacker and makerspaces; they also capture the innovative projects that Froehlich undertakes with his graduate and undergraduate students. One of Froehlich’s students, Leyla Nooroz , currently a PhD student in the iSchool, is working on wearable technology that is also currently featured in Terp Magazine as well. In her photograph which starts the article, she wears a project she developed—a t-shirt within moving...  read more
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Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe appeared on Bloomberg West to discuss his recent donation to the University , his vision for the Iribe Center, and the future of consumer virtual reality. Iribe described his motivation behind his recent $31 million donation to construct a new Computer Science building and provided his thoughts on recent efforts by several major corporations - including Samsung and Sony - to develop consumer-grade virtual reality devices.  read more
Students and Companies meet and network
On Thursday Sept. 18, 2014, The Department of Computer Science hosted its 10 th bi-annual Computer Science Department Career and Internship Fair at the XFinity Center, the largest venue for the event yet. Representatives from 122 companies, including corporate partners, attended the fair in hopes of attracting students for internships and full-time positions. The diverse companies in attendance included start-ups, government agencies, mid-size tech companies in financial, environmental, and security industries, as well as tech giants. Many representatives from the companies were alumni from...  read more