Recent News & Accomplishments


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Emeritus Professor Bill Pugh has received the first ACM/IEEE Supercomputing "Test of Time" award for his paper in Supercomputing 91: "The Omega test: a fast and practical integer programming algorithm for dependence analysis". The paper was selected from all the papers published at the Supercomputing conference between 1988 (the first Supercomputing conference) and 2003. This is the first time the award has been granted, in celebration of Supercomputing's 25th anniversary. Bill will receive the award and give an award talk at Supercomputing 2013 on November 21st. The “Test of Time” award...  read more
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UMD and Vanderbilt University will introduce a significant, new wrinkle in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) next year – a two-part, two-semester collaboration offered through Coursera. It begins with Maryland faculty and concludes with Vanderbilt's. "Programming Handheld Systems with Android," will be taught by Professor Adam Porter. Then, the sequence continues with Vanderbilt computer science professor Douglas Schmidt and electrical and computer engineering professor Jules White, who will teach "Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture." This will focus on connecting mobile applications to...  read more
The FIA Seed Grant Competition is designed to encourage teams of students to engage in research projects that lead the way to innovative solutions for key information-related challenges. With generous support from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, up to four teams of students and their faculty mentors will be chosen to receive up to $25,000 per team to carry out a project during the spring semester of 2014. A Kickoff informational meeting will be held on September 24, 2013 at Stamp Student Union. For more information, visit  read more
Professor V.S. Subrahmanian's work on the terrorism analytics tool STONE (Shaping Terrorist Organizational Network Efficacy) was recently highlighted by several media outlets. Subrahmanian was quoted in Federal technology magazine FCW on August 27 and in FastCompany on August 28. Additionally, the WJLA program "Government Matters" broadcast a feature on STONE in which Subrahmanian was interviewed.  read more
3 new scholarships for students applications due October 4 (14629)
The Department of Computer Science, in conjunction with three of its corporate partners, is pleased to unveil three new scholarships for talented CS students to apply for this fall semester. Applications for all three scholarships are due by October 4 th . For more information, contact Andrew Nolan anolan [-at-] cs [dot] umd [dot] edu . We are extremely appreciative and thankful to our corporate sponsors for their support to CS at UMD: 1. The Appian Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship is available for junior or senior-level standing (at least at the 300 level of CS coursework) CS majors with a...  read more
Prof. Elaine Shi has been awarded a Google Faculty Research Award for her proposal titled, "Truly Practical Dynamic Proofs of Retrievability." Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world.  read more
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Treemaps is a popular visualization tool developed in the Department's HCIL Lab. While originally conceived to map functional things like hard drives, the tool often produces aesthetically pleasing results. The Treemap Art Project, curated by Prof. Ben Shneiderman, aims to highlight visualization's artistic side with a collection of framed prints that will be displayed on the 3rd floor of CSIC.  read more
Rick Kuhn (MS '85), a computer scientist in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has recently co-authored "Introduction to Combinatorial Testing". For more information:  read more
Jason B. Ellis (B.S. '95) is a recipient of the 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Career Achievement Award. He was honored at the annual BEYA STEM Conference held in Washington D.C. in February. Ellis is a Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center.  read more
The Department extends congratulations to Prof. Atif Memon, the recipient of the "retrospective" award for the most influential paper among the papers of 2003 Working Conference on Reverse Engineering. The title of the paper is "GUI Ripping: Reverse Engineering of Graphical User Interfaces for Testing" by Memon, Banerjee and Nagarajan. This award is selected by the program committee of WCRE 2013 as the most influential paper from WCRE 2003. As part of this, they plan to give Prof. Memon a physical award at the conference, as well as to invite him to give a retrospective talk as part of a...  read more