Recent News & Accomplishments


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Abhinav Bhatele , an associate professor of computer science with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies , was the recipient of the 2024 Early Career Academic Achievement Alumni Award from Illinois’ computer science department. The award honors alumni that have attained early milestones or showed strong promise toward long standing contributions to computer science education and research. Bhatele earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from Illinois in 2007 and 2010, respectively. “It feels great to be recognized by my alma...  read more
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With Hatchery support, UMD students started innovative businesses, from teaching people how to communicate with generative AI to creating personalized marketing assistants. 
At the University of Maryland, innovative student entrepreneurs are not just imagining solutions for tomorrow’s challenges—they’re actively building them. From advanced software tools to AI-driven platforms, these young innovators are turning their visionary ideas into startups with the support of the Mokhtarzada Hatchery program. Launched in 2021 by UMD alumni Haroon , Idris and Zeki Mokhtarzada, the incubator program has become a vital resource for students eager to launch their own companies. On May 7, 2023, the Hatchery held its third annual Demo Day at Antonov Auditorium, where the...  read more
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Abhinav Shrivastava, an assistant professor of computer science, is principal investigator for one of only 35 projects nationwide selected to jumpstart the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) program. NAIRR is a joint effort between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE). It provides powerful computing resources to U.S. researchers exploring topics like deepfake detection, advanced AI safety, next-generation medical diagnoses, and other critical AI priorities. “NAIRR is driven by the need to advance responsible AI research and...  read more
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Her work focuses on developing scientific methods to enhance LLMs' accuracy, fairness and cultural adaptability in reasoning about everyday situations.
Rachel Rudinger , an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award to further her work on “ Robust, Fair, and Culturally Aware Commonsense Reasoning in Natural Language .” Her research focuses on developing models for knowledge acquisition and commonsense reasoning. Rudinger is the principal investigator of the award, which is expected to total just under $600,000 over the next five years. “I’ve always had a deep admiration for the National Science Foundation and...  read more
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Speakers at the event shared that the revolutionary technology must embrace values and variety of perspectives.
The University of Maryland on Thursday celebrated the launch of an institute to engage every academic unit across campus in creating the future of artificial intelligence, one in which the burgeoning technology works for the good of all. Announced last month, the Artificial Intelligence Interdisciplinary Institute at Maryland (AIM) will be a collaborative hub for AI to support faculty research, offer innovative and experiential learning opportunities to boost the AI workforce and inspire new generations of leaders, and forge partnerships to focus on responsible and ethical AI throughout...  read more
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While cases of malaria have been decreasing in some parts of the world thanks to drug-based therapies, efforts to eradicate this life-threatening disease have recently stalled, due in part to the parasites that transmit malaria becoming resistant to current therapeutics. Computational biologists from the University of Maryland have partnered with researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to address this challenge. Using a novel approach called reverse vaccinology, which employs powerful bioinformatic tools and reverse pharmacology practices, the researchers are examining...  read more
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The student organization supports members by nurturing talent and bridging the gap to professional opportunities in tech.
App Dev , a Department of Computer Science student organization, was honored at the 12th Annual Do Good Challenge Finals , where it received a $5,000 first-place Do Good Challenge Award and the $2,500 Finalist Audience Choice Award. Six purpose-driven student teams competed for a share of more than $20,000 in the challenge. The event took place at the Kay Theater of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, where hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members gathered. Two club administrative members, Matthewos Gashaw and Samai Patel, were present during the award ceremony and...  read more
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With the exponential growth of large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT showing no signs of abatement, distinguishing human from machine-generated content remains a concern in academia, journalism and many other segments of our society. University of Maryland researchers have been working on a solution, developing an innovative software platform called Binoculars that can detect text generated by LLMs at an almost 90% success rate. The technology was named the winner of the information sciences category in this year’s UMD Invention of the Year competition at the annual Innovate Maryland...  read more
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AWS developer Obayomi harnesses generative AI tools to get answers and solve problems, while helping other engineers learn and build better services.
I’ve been interested in software engineering ever since I got hooked on video games as a kid. I studied computer science and graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011, which required a lot of hard work. I didn’t really get it at first—until I built my first app and saw how much creativity was involved in the process. I went on to work for more than 10 years as a software engineer, initially coding for government contractors and later running cloud infrastructure and data analytics platforms for technology companies. These days, I work at Amazon Web Services as what’s known as a...  read more
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Levine was recognized for his 2023 dissertation, which introduces innovative methods for ensuring the robustness of machine learning models.
University of Maryland Department of Computer Science alum Alexander Levine (Ph.D. '23, computer science) has been awarded the Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation titled "Scalable Methods for Robust Machine Learning." Levine, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin , focused on developing machine learning models that maintain accuracy amid distortions. The award ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at the Stamp Student Union. The award is for the dissertation he completed in 2023. The Charles A. Caramello Distinguished...  read more