Recent News & Accomplishments


Dave Jacobs' work on recognizing trees from iPhone pictures has been described in a CNN Science-Tech blog post. More information is available at:  read more
Nicholas Chen, one of Professor Francois Guimbretiere's students, received the Google Fellowship in Human-Computer Interaction Award.  read more
Mark your calendars! May 28th - 29th, 2009. HCIL's 26th Annual Symposium will highlight the cutting-edge research being conducted in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland. The Symposium will take place Thursday, May 28th, followed by a day of tutorials and workshops on Friday, May 29th. Registration begins in March! 2009 HCIL Symposium  read more
Steven Salzberg was interviewed on WTOP on Sunday, April 26, about the swine flu in Mexico. The interview is available on their website at and you should be able to download it to an MP3 file here:  read more
Amitabh Varshney gave an invited CIBM Distinguished Lecture at the University of Wisconsin at Madison on Visual Insights for Molecular Biology".  read more
Steven Salzberg was quoted in Science about his research on the cow genome.  read more
Mihai Pop was highlighted in a NSF press release on Cloud Computing and his research as part of the Cluster Exploratory (CLuE) program.  read more
Jonathan Katz was one of 12 professors selected to be a member of the DARPA Computer Science Study Panel (CS2P) for 2009. This is a multi-year program, consisting of a funded educational experience to familiarize the participants with DoD practices, challenges and risks, and up to three years of funded research to explore and develop technologies that have the potential to transition innovative and revolutionary computer science and technology advances to the government.  read more
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland researchers have created a new emergency alert technology for cell phones and PDA's called V911, which they say could help improve safety on campuses across the U.S. Created by scientists and students from the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) , the V911 technology is one tool in MyeVyu , downloadable software package for cell phones and PDAs that provides a host of new networking and information access capabilities, including a direct link between the user and campus police dispatch. With the touch of a single button, a user in...  read more
The UMD team consisting of CS undergrads Alan Jackoway, Mitchell Katz, and Matt McCutchen was ranked 20th at the 2009 ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest World Finals. The team ranked 4th among US teams, behind teams from MIT, CMU, and Stanford. This highly competitive contest took place at Stockholm and featured 100 teams chosen from over 7000 teams worldwide through a series of preliminary events. The team, advised by Amol Deshpande, won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Contest to qualify.  read more