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Mihai Pop, professor of computer science and director of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS),was recently named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. Among the 58 researchers from universities, companies and research centers in Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States, Pop was...  read more
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Professor Donald Perlis along with his team, Justin Brody and Timothy Clausner (both visiting scientist, UMIACS ) received $980 K Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award for their project titled -- "Toward Knowledge of Cooperative Agency: A Foundation for Task-General Teaming.” The project will take the first steps towards an initial theory of cooperative agency as the bedrock on which general autonomous teaming can be built. The DARPA award came through the recently launched CREATE (Context Reasoning for Autonomous Teaming) program, which aims to explore the utility of...  read more
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Professor Hal Daumé III and Associate Professor Tom Goldstein have been unanimously selected as the inaugural Pier Giorgio Perotto Endowed Professors by a committee, consisting of distinguished faculty members within and outside of the Department of Computer Science. Daumé’s research focuses on developing efficient machine learning algorithms to build natural language processing systems based on interactions with people. This involves designing techniques that can actively interact with human experts to learn to mimic their behavior, as well as methods that can actively request information...  read more
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Computer Science majors Hassan Syyid and Sandeep Ramesh are developing an app to find the safest route for the commuters
For people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, walking to work, school or even the grocery store safely can be stressful, if not outright dangerous. Two UMD computer science majors want to put an angel on their shoulders—or in their phones. Freshmen Hassan Syyid and Sandeep Ramesh are developing Path Angel, an app to help commuters find the safest route to their destination. It took triple honors last month at Cornell University’s Big Red Hacks: Hack to Save Your Community! The duo was inspired to create their app while walking around the Cornell campus and trying to find a shady path to...  read more
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The University of Maryland’s Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering has come up for praise for its architectural innovation and aesthetics. The American Institute for Architects (AIA) recently recognized the structure with an Award of Merit in the architecture category. The award praises the building’s interior design, mastery of composition, functionality, material and color palettes, as well as its well-integrated adherence to the highest levels of accessibility, health and safety, environmental, and occupant-comfort considerations, standards, and regulations. In...  read more
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Professor Emeritus Jack Minker was recently awarded the Brooklyn College Alumni Association Post 50th Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award on the occasion of the 70th reunion of the class of 1949. In an era when computer science was not a course of study, Dr. Minker majored in mathematics and earned a B.A. at Brooklyn College, an M.S. at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. His career in industry began in 1951 at Bell Aircraft Corporation. This was followed by positions at RCA, and the Auerbach Corporation, where he served as Technical Director of the...  read more
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Saeed Seddighin was advised by Professor MohammadTaghi Hajiaghayi and Pan Xu was advised by Professor John Dickerson and Professor Aravind Srinivasan
Saeed Seddighin and Pan Xu have been named the 2019 recipients of the Larry S. Davis Doctoral Dissertation Award. This dissertation award recognizes the two most outstanding dissertations completed over the past year in the department. Seddighin was recognized by this award for his work entitled “Campaigning via LPS: Solving Blotto and Beyond." The competition between the Republican and the Democrat nominees in the U.S presidential election is known as Colonel Blotto in game theory. The Colonel Blotto game and its extensions have been used in a wide range of applications from political...  read more
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The test of time award his the highest honor given out by the VLDB endowment.
Prof. Abadi has received the VLDB Test of Time award for his paper "HadoopDB: An Architectural Hybrid of MapReduce and DBMS Technologies for Analytical Workloads.” VLDB Test of Time Award paper is selected from the VLDB Conference from 10 to 12 years earlier that best meets the “test of time”. The committee evaluates the impact of the paper in practice, e.g., in products and services. Impact on the academic community demonstrated through significant follow-through research by the community is also valued. Prof. Abadi’s work introduced a seminal, systems-level integration of large-scale data...  read more
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Department welcomes our new undergrad advisors: Tori Blackwell, Courtney Cabansag, Christine Denis, Brittany Johnson.  read more
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Distinguished University Professor is the highest academic honor bestowed by the university
The Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science Professor Ming C. Lin , has been named 2019 Distinguished University Professor by the University of Maryland. It is the highest academic honor bestowed by the university. Lin joined University of Maryland in 2018 as the Chair of department of Computer Science. She came from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was the John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and a faculty member for 20 years. Lin earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the...  read more

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