Recent News & Accomplishments


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From monitoring daily temperatures to predicting natural disasters, weather forecasting relies on data collection from millions of sensors. However, proximity is key to accuracy, and the locations of these sensors are somewhat inequitable. For example, there are a lot of sensors around airports and wealthier areas, while marginalized communities have historically had fewer sensors, which could potentially result in less accurate forecasts. Many of these marginalized communities struggle to recover from extreme weather events, and are expected to experience disproportionate impacts from...  read more
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Jose Calderon, Jason Cavanaugh, Jason Devers, Julio Poveda, Aditya Parvate Patil, and David Van Horn received teaching awards in four categories
The University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science honored six individuals with its excellence in teaching awards for 2022-23: Jose Calderon, lecturer Jason Cavanaugh, undergraduate Jason Devers, STIC facilitator Julio Poveda, graduate Aditya Parvate Patil, undergraduate David Van Horn, associate professor The Department of Computer Science honors exceptional professors, instructors, STIC facilitators, and teaching assistants each year for their brilliance, commitment, and dedication to teaching and learning. The winners are selected through a rigorous selection process by students...  read more
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Mokhtarzada is CTO at Tenovos and Angadi graduated in December 2022 with a professional master’s degree in data science and analytics.
Zeki Mokhtarzada (B.S. ’01, computer science and mathematics ), chief technology officer for Tenovos, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) 2023 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 23, 2023. Isha Angadi (B.S. ’21, computer science; M.P.S. ’22, data science and analytics ) was selected to be a student speaker at the CMNS Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 22, 2023. The ceremony will honor the college's August 2022, December 2022 and May 2023 graduates. Zeki Mokhtarzada Mokhtarzada was born in Turkey...  read more
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Computational biologists at the University of Maryland are partnering with ophthalmologists from the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University to improve therapeutic options for people suffering from chronic ocular diseases. Michael Cummings (left in photo) a professor of biology with an appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and Renee Ti Chou (right), a fourth-year computational biology doctoral student, are using machine learning algorithms and other methods to enhance how certain drugs are administered to patients suffering from...  read more
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Led by computer science faculty member Hal Daumé III, the institute will take a holistic approach, integrating broader participation in AI design, new technology development, and more informed governance of AI-infused systems.
The University of Maryland has been chosen to lead a multi-institutional effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will develop new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies designed to promote trust and mitigate risks, while simultaneously empowering and educating the public. The NSF Institute for Trustworthy AI in Law & Society (TRAILS) announced on May 4, 2023, unites specialists in AI and machine learning with social scientists, legal scholars, educators and public policy experts. The multidisciplinary team will work with impacted communities, private industry and...  read more
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The University of Maryland’s computer science graduate program earned top-25 accolades in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Graduate Schools list. Overall, the program ranked No. 10 among public universities and No. 17 overall. Three specialties also ranked in the top 25: Artificial intelligence specialty at No. 15 Programming language specialty at No. 20 Systems specialty at No. 22 The rankings are based on statistical surveys of more than 2,200 programs and reputation surveys sent to more than 19,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2022 and early 2023.  read more
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Laxman Dhulipala , an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, was part of a team recently honored with the prestigious Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for their breakthroughs in large-scale graph processing. The award is from Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) School of Computer Science. It recognizes outstanding work from current or former CMU researchers that epitomizes the scientific philosophy of Allen Newell, a computer scientist and pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence who died in 1992. Newell firmly believed that “good science...  read more
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Researchers in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) have four papers accepted to the Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB 2023), held this year from April 16–19 in Istanbul. The papers—which introduce new methods and tools to improve genome sequencing so that scientists can better study evolutionary trees, tumors and cancer—were coauthored by Erin Molloy , an assistant professor of computer science; Rob Patro , an associate professor of computer science; and their graduate students. “RECOMB is long established as one of the very best...  read more
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Victor Basili, a professor emeritus of computer science, has been honored with two prestigious awards recognizing his substantial contributions to software engineering and computer programming. The first award, from the IEEE Computer Society Technical Community on Software Engineering (TCSE), is a Lifetime Achievement Award presented annually to an individual who has significant contributions to the software engineering community that have resulted in a real and lasting impact of at least 25 years. Basili was recognized for his exemplary work in empirical software engineering and shaping the...  read more
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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