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Computer science Ph.D. student Snehesh Shrestha is building an AI-powered app to bring violin lessons into the 21st century
University of Maryland computer science Ph.D. student Snehesh Shrestha seldom turns down a challenge, whether it’s fixing a complicated machine, learning a new song on guitar or running a little faster than his last mile. Now, he’s learning how to play the violin. But Shrestha is not taking on this challenge alone—he’s building an app that helps violin students, himself included, improve their skills. Though Shrestha has played guitar for 25 years, he finds the fiddle’s four strings to be far more formidable. “If a beginner practiced guitar for about a month or two, they should be able to...  read more
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Yiling Qiao, a fourth-year doctoral student in computer science advised by Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science Ming Lin , is the recipient of a Meta Fellowship for his excellent work in augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) computer graphics. The Meta Research Ph.D. Fellowship program, started in 2010, is designed to support promising doctoral students conducting cutting-edge research in emerging topics across computer science and engineering. The program provides full coverage of students’ tuition and university fees for up to two academic years, as well as a $42,000...  read more
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In 1994, mathematician Peter Shor developed an algorithm showing how then-hypothetical quantum computers could factor numbers exponentially faster than standard machines. This promise of exotic computational power launched the age of quantum computing. It also set the clock ticking on existing public-key cryptography that provides safeguards for online banking, medical records, national secrets and more based on the infeasibility of factoring massive numbers. Today, with Google, IBM and College Park-based startup IonQ racing to introduce the world’s first general-purpose quantum computer,...  read more
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Junior Andrew Yuan loves building things from mobile apps to extended reality software.
University of Maryland junior Andrew Yuan , a dual-degree student in mathematics and computer science, swears by three things: practicality, adaptability and creativity. Over the years, that philosophy helped Yuan create everything from childhood Lego masterpieces to his current computer science project—a mobile app designed to rate UMD campus toilets . Yuan first developed his creative skills while growing up as the son of a traveling diplomat. Now based in Washington, D.C., Yuan was born in California and later spent six-year spans in Taiwan and Thailand as his father’s international...  read more
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The Department of Computer Science will host eight events.
Explore our world of innovation and learning on Maryland Day ! Maryland Day is an opportunity for prospective students and community members to learn more about the University of Maryland – and find out how the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences is reimagining teaching and learning to prepare the next generation of scientific leaders for success. Unlock a world of learning, discovery and exploration, with hundreds of family-friendly festivities including exhibits, workshops, hands-on demonstrations, performances, cross-campus tours, lectures, petting zoos and athletic...  read more
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Four graduate students and recent alums of the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The department’s four awardees included: Tyler Han (B.S. ’22, computer science; B.S. ’22, aerospace engineering) Tobias Janssen, computer science graduate student Mikhail Khrenov (B.S. ’22, computer science; B.S. ’22, mechanical engineering) Jon Nelson, computer science graduate student Across the university...  read more
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James Mullen, a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, has been honored with an Honorable Mention, Best Paper award at the prestigious 2023 IEEE VR conference . The conference is globally renowned for presenting and publishing innovative research work in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/XR). Mullen's research focuses on creating realistic virtual agents that can move and interact with a 3D scene, whether it is virtual or real and crowded with objects. He uses motion-captured human data to create moving avatars that look...  read more
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Michael Cummings, a professor of biology with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies , is the recipient of a $50,000 Individual Project Grant that will support his work in analyzing genetic ancestry more accurately at the sub-chromosome level. The award comes from the university’s Grand Challenges Grants Program , a $30 million initiative to support research that offers promising solutions to emerging societal issues like climate change, social injustice, global health and education disparities. Cummings’ three-year project, "Accurate, Equitable...  read more
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Three graduate students in the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2) have been awarded seed grants to pursue research in security and privacy that has not yet been externally funded. “It’s a validation that the work we’re conducting is relevant to security and privacy research in the eyes of MC2 faculty, some of the top researchers in the world,” says Omer Akgul , a sixth-year computer science doctoral student who studies the negative effects of virtual private network (VPN) advertising being vague and misleading. He previously led a study that examined YouTube influencer marketing ads for VPNs...  read more
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Four graduate students in the Department of Computer Science have been named recipients of the prestigious Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for the academic year 2023-2024. Sweta Agrawal , Nakul Garg , Pranav Goel, and Shoken Kaneko were each awarded the fellowship, with Agrawal and Goel being fifth-year students and Garg and Kaneko in their fourth year. The Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship is named after Ann Wylie, a professor emerita in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland. The fellowship provides doctoral candidates who are in the latter stages of writing their...  read more