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Palm-sized Robot Navigates Touchscreens for Visually Impaired Users
Having to tap-tap-tap away to order a sandwich or check bags at a touchscreen kiosk can be annoying. For those who are blind or visually impaired, it can be excruciating. Soon, instead of friends, family or even strangers bridging this technological chasm, a palm-sized portable robot could help. Toucha11y , created by a team including doctoral student Jiasheng Li and computer science Assistant Professor Huaishu Pen g, can stick to and press buttons on a touchscreen, communicating with a user’s phone and allowing them to use accessibility features—like voiceover and zoom—to read the options...  read more
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Soheil Feizi discusses the questionable reliability of public AI detectors and the implications for educators
In the rapidly advancing world of artificial intelligence, the quest for reliable detection tools has garnered significant attention. Associate Professor Soheil Feizi , a faculty member at the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, has been at the forefront of AI research and its implications. With a reputation for delving into intricate challenges of the digital age, Feizi’s expertise puts him in a unique position to assess the reliability and challenges of emerging AI detectors such as GPTZero, which is a leading AI detector for checking whether a document was written by a...  read more
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Bahar Asgari , assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, has been honored with a prestigious Principles and Practice of Scalable Systems (PPoSS) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding comes from NSF's PPoSS Program, aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research covering the full spectrum of hardware and software interactions. This program also investigates the scalability and precision of contemporary applications, systems and toolchains developed for diverse architectures . The awarded proposal, titled “ Research into the Use...  read more
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Malicious software, also known as malware, first appeared in the 1970s, mostly as a way to cause mischief. It subsequently evolved into more nefarious threats like profitable cybercrime, espionage, nation-state attacks, and more. Yizheng Chen, who joined the University of Maryland this semester as an assistant professor of computer science, says that there will always be new security threats in our increasingly interconnected world. Combatting those threats, she says, will take new knowledge, dedication and the latest technological tools, including artificial intelligence (AI). As a core...  read more
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Undergraduate Aveek Mishra's startup embodies innovation by scanning the web for millions of deals and coupons, offering users the most attractive discounts
Aveek Mishra, an undergrad at the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, is redefining the art of the deal in the e-commerce landscape. As the technical founder and CEO of Frozen Software , Mishra and his co-founder Erik Stomp, an alum of the University of Texas at Austin, have launched a subscription service that transforms how e-commerce shoppers and resellers find the most enticing deals. The platform searches the web for millions of deals and coupons, identifying the best discounts for users, sometimes as much as 100% off. Its advanced auto-checkout technology finalizes...  read more
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Rapid developments in quantum computing hardware have brought forth a fundamental question from scientists and others active in the quantum revolution: “How can we be certain that a quantum computer program—when properly executed—will give the right answer?” In classical (non-quantum) computing, standardized testing methods are often used to accomplish this task, identifying “bugs”—many of which are human-generated—and other anomalies through a formal verification process. But quantum-based algorithms are much harder to test. The debugging techniques familiar to most programmers from the...  read more
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Erin Molloy , an assistant professor of computer science, and doctoral student Tobias Rubel , are part of a team of researchers from the University of Maryland’s Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) presenting their work at the Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics (WABI 2023). The annual conference—held this year from September 4–6 in Houston, Texas—brings together experts from around the world who are focused on discrete algorithms and machine-learning methods that address important problems in molecular biology. The UMD researchers are discussing work that includes...  read more
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UMD undergrad Duran Keefe, a 2023 summer intern at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, knows that people are a key part of any information system. “I’m fascinated by human-computer interaction, or human-centric computing — how people interact with machines,” said Keefe, an intern in the Laboratory’s Research and Exploratory Development Department (REDD). “I’m interested in processes and the connections between things, especially humans and machines.” During their time at APL, Keefe (who uses the pronouns they/them) worked on various assignments, including...  read more
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The University of Maryland's Department of Computer Science is celebrating a remarkable achievement in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the renowned SIGGRAPH Conference, a cornerstone event in the global computer graphics community. To mark this special occasion, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Digital Library (ACM DL) highlighted groundbreaking papers from the last five decades across ten different areas. Among these selections is a paper co-authored by Distinguished University Professors, Dinesh Manocha , Ming Lin , along with a former Ph.D. student Stefan Gottschalk. This...  read more
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Tailored to serve the world's 480 million smallholder farms, Kestrel, a startup by Kamal Narra, offers a distinctive edge as a digital banking platform
In a world where technology often appears omnipresent, Kamal Narra, a computer science undergrad at UMD, is making an impact in an industry often overlooked by many tech entrepreneurs: agriculture. Customized for the world's 480 million smallholder farms, Kestrel, co-founded by Narra, is a digital banking platform with a unique approach. Unlike typical fintech applications, Kestrel focuses on a technology-first strategy that effectively bridges the challenging divide between farmers and financial institutions. This platform not only streamlines costs but also furnishes invaluable data, a...  read more