Recent News & Accomplishments

From Data Analytics to Models: Developing New Tools to Combat COVID-19 through Computing

 2020

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Genomic sequencing data can often shed light on a wide array of scientific problems—from treating patients with heart disease and cancer to understanding how certain pathogens can affect plants and animals. Public repositories of genomic data are becoming more commonplace and are growing at an exponential rate. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), for example, runs the Sequence Read Archive (SRA), a repository that holds raw scientific data for a vast number of scientific experiments conducted using high-throughput sequencing data. While repositories like the SRA are a...  read more
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Four Fellows of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) have joined a national effort to develop quantum technologies that will usher in a new era of scientific discovery and innovation. Andrew Childs , a professor of computer science and the co-director of QuICS, and Xiaodi Wu , an assistant professor of computer science, will collaborate with scientists from federal labs, private industry and other universities as part of the new Quantum Science Center (QSC) that was announced on August 26. Chris Monroe, a Distinguished University Professor and the Bice Seci-...  read more
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Associate professor David Van Horn recently received the Most Influential Paper award at the 25th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP), for his paper titled “ Abstracting Abstract Machines .” Coauthored with Matt Might, director of the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the paper discusses a model of a computer system constructed to allow a detailed and precise analysis of how the computer system works. Van Horn’s paper, published in 2010, describes a derivational approach to abstract interpretation that yields...  read more
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The Department of Computer Science is pleased to welcome our new Victor Basili Fellow for Fall 2020: Michael Coblenz . The Victor Basili Postdoctoral Fellowship Program focuses on supporting young researchers doing work on methods to ensure that software applied to pressing societal problems is trustworthy, reliable, and correct. A PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, Coblenz’s dissertation focused on user-centered design methods for programming languages. He has created Obsidian, a new programming language for blockchain smart contracts, which integrates a strong, static...  read more
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Assistant Research Professor Aniket Bera and Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science, Dinesh Manocha recently received a grant from the UMD Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) for the project titled “Learning Age and Gender Adaptive Gait Motor Control-based Emotion Using Deep Neural Networks and Affective Modeling. ” The project seeks to develop automated AI-based techniques for perceiving human emotions based on kinematic and kinetic variables—that is, based on both the contextual and intrinsic qualities of human motion. The proposed research will examine the role of age and gender...  read more
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Drew Hamilton, a rising junior majoring in Computer Science worked this summer for the Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies ( CISESS ) under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2020 Young Summer Scholars program ( ncei.noaa.gov/news/2020-young-summer-scholars ). Each year NOAA hosts and mentors early-career scientists as they gain experience in science and technology. Hamilton’s work as an intern focused on experimentation and development of a new prototype data processing and data analysis system. He applied graph database architecture to increase...  read more
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Associate Professor Michelle Mazurek’s research group won two distinguished paper awards at the 2020 USENIX Security Symposium . USENIX Security provides a platform where researchers, practitioners, system administrators, system programmers, and others can share and explore the latest advances in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks. The papers were among 11 selected as distinguished papers out of the 157 presented. The two awarded papers are : A Comprehensive Quality Evaluation of Security and Privacy Advice on the Web (Elissa M. Redmiles, Noel Warford, Amritha Jayanti,...  read more
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Daniel Votipka , a fourth-year doctoral student, recently received the 2020 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award , in acknowledgment of his excellence in research, mentorship and community service. The award has been instituted by the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) in honor of John Karat, an internationally recognized researcher in the field of human-computer interaction, for his contributions to the usable privacy and security community and his dedication to mentoring students. Votipka’s research focuses on computer security, with an emphasis on the...  read more
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Distinguished University Professors Ming Lin and Hanan Samet recently received the distinguished career in computer science award by the Washington Academy of Sciences . A lifetime achievement award which acknowledges the significant impact of their work in the field of computer science. This award program started in 1940, to encourage the advancement of science and "to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science." An expert in virtual reality, Lin’s research focuses on computational robotics, haptics, physically-based modeling, virtual reality, sound rendering, and...  read more
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The department is pleased to announce our newest professors of computer science. This new group of professors, joining this fall, brings in research expertise ranging from cybersecurity to data visualization, from cryptography to natural language processing and more. “The department is delighted to welcome our new faculty members. They represent a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in critical research areas that will further strengthen the educational and research capacity of our department.” said interim chair Matthias Zwicker . Jonathan Katz Katz conducts research on cryptography...  read more