Recent News & Accomplishments


Bitcamp supported in part by the UMD Computer Science Department
Bitcamp, the University of Maryland’s first Major League Hackathon, drew nearly 700 students from colleges as far away as Toronto, Canada. Bitcamp opened with a keynote speech from Brendan Iribe and Michael Antonov, of Oculus VR.  read more
Computer Science Department undergraduate student Fang Cao has been awarded a 2014 Truman Scholarship.  read more
Computer Science Department Ph.D. Student Rajesh Chitnis has been awarded the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Board of Visitors Outstanding Graduate Student Award.  read more
Computer Science Department Professor Hanan Samet has been awarded the 2014 W. Wallace McDowell Award, the highest technical honor awarded by the IEEE Computer Society.  read more
Computer Science Department Ph.D. student Vahid Liaghat has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.  read more
Dr. Jandelyn Plane, Director of the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, has been awarded the 2014 Women in Technology Social Impact IT Leadership Award.  read more
Computer Science Department Assistant Professor David Van Horn’s book Realm of Racket: Learn to Program, One Game at a Time has been selected as a 2013 Notable Book in Computing as part of the ACM Computing Reviews’ Best of 2013, which consists of books and articles selected by the computing community. Realm of Racket teaches readers to program by leading them through the creation of a series of increasingly complex games. Van Horn co-authored Realm of Racket with Northeastern University Professor Matthias Felleisen, Dr. Conrad Barski, and eight undergraduate students from Northeastern...  read more
Computer Science Department Professor Hanan Samet is one of three scholars recognized as 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellows. The UCGIS Fellows Program celebrates the extraordinary record of achievements of individuals in a variety of spatial disciplines and communities of practice that use spatial information. Samet's work in "designing and using hierarchical spatial data structures for GIS, such as the quadtree and octree, have had a tremendous impact on GIScience research and software development," says the UCGIS. In addition to his data structure...  read more
Computer Science Department Undergraduate Student Emily Aster Jones (B.S. ’14) and Computer Science Department Alumnus Matthew Richard McCutchen (B.S. ’11) have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Jones and McCutchen are among 2,000 students selected from over 14,000 applicants. During their time as undergraduates Jones and McCutchen conducted research with Computer Science Department faculty. Jones conducted research in computational biology with Computer Science Department Affiliate Associate Professor Sridhar Hannenhalli and McCutchen conducted research...  read more
CS Ph.D. Student Vikas Shivashankar and CS Professor Dana Nau along with their co-authors Franc Ivankovic, Patrik Haslum and Sylvie Thiebaux have been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). Their paper, “Optimal Planning with Global Numerical State Constraints”, was selected from amongst 164 submissions this year. Learn More: Read the paper, “ Optimal Planning with Global Numerical State Constraint s” Vikas Shivashankar’s Personal Website Dr. Dana Nau’s Personal Website ICAPS 2014  read more