Recent News & Accomplishments

 2018

Greg N. Frederickson (M.S. 1976; Ph.D. 1977) A popular author in the world of recreational mathematics, Greg N. Fredrickson is also an award-winning researcher and professor of computer science at Purdue University. He has spent most of his career working on the analysis of algorithms, with special emphasis on data structures, and graph and network algorithms. He has published four books, and been the recipient of a George Polya Award from the Mathematical Association of America in both 2004 and 2009. Subbarao Kambhampati (M.S. 1985; Ph.D. 1989) A fellow and president (2016-18) of the...read more
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Endowed professorship in virtual reality created with private and state support
Dinesh Manocha Joins UMD as the Paul Chrisman Iribe Professor of Computer Science Endowed professorship in virtual reality created with private and state support Dinesh Manocha joined the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science in May 2018 as the inaugural Paul Chrisman Iribe Endowed E-Nnovate Professor. He also holds joint appointments in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “I am truly honored to join the University of Maryland with appointments in two top-ranked departments...read more
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Northwestern University has appointed Ph.D. candidate Xiao Wang as an Assistant Professor of computer science starting in the fall semester of 2019. Before joining the computer science faculty at Northwestern, Wang will conduct a joint post-doctoral fellowship with Vinod Vaikuntanathan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ran Canetti at Boston University. “I am very fortunate to be able to work with both of them—they are both world-class cryptographers,” Wang says of Vaikuntanathan and Canetti. Wang's thesis adviser is Jonathan Katz, Professor of Computer Science and Director of...read more
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For 2017-2018 academic year, two members of Computer Science Department have been awarded Board of Visitors' Awards , and two members have received Computer Math and Natural Science Dean’s Awards. Professor Larry Davis has been awarded The Distinguished Faculty Award Principal Lecturer Jandelyn Plane has been awarded The Board of Visitors’ Creative Educator Award Assistant Professor Dave Levin is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Advisor Alyssa Neuner is the recipient of the Thelma M. Williams Advisor of the Year Award The College celebrated these and other award...read more
Twenty-two years ago, a plucky and friendly Ms. Brenda K. Chick joined the Department of Computer Science as a member of the Chair's office staff. There, she handled everything from keeping the chair's calendar, to answering important phone calls, to handling APT paperwork and other important files. After a few years, she became the Department's Coordinator for Facilities. In that position, she has capably managed large- and small-scale projects--everything from building new rooms, to painting and carpeting A.V. Williams, to managing repairs after flood damage--always ensuring that everything...read more
by Rebecca Copeland, Institute of Systems Research Professor Dana Nau (CS/ISR), Professor Michele Gelfand (Psychology), and Assistant Professor Tom Goldstein (CS) are part of a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI), one of 24 awarded this year by the Department of Defense. MURIs provide funding for up to five years to academic institutions for multidisciplinary basic research, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds. Together, the 2018 MURIs total $169 million in funding. The Maryland researchers are part of “Innovations in Mean-Field Game...read more
To Our CS Community: Many of you may have seen on social media over the last few days a TA handbook linked to our department. This document was deeply troubling and made generalizations about our female students, in particular, which were offensive and unacceptable. As the chair of the CS department and the dean of the college, we want to make clear that this document is counter to the values of our department, college and university. This document is not an official department statement and we were not aware it existed on our website. Upon learning of the document, it was immediately removed...read more
From Department Chair Ming C. Lin : The TA Handbook posted on the CS website contained highly inappropriate, stereotypical characterizations of women. The handbook has been removed from the site, and we apologize for its offensive contents. While the origin of this handbook is not immediately known, it does not reflect our department’s values or beliefs. We denounce all misogynistic attitudes toward women and will continue to work diligently to provide all students a warm and welcoming environment to learn and succeed.read more
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Ph.D. Students Saeed Seddighin and Pan Xu will be two recipients of the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for 2018. Saeed Seddighin works in theoretical computer science and is advised by Professor MohammadTaghi Hajiaghayi. Seddighin's most recent papers are entitled "Fast Algorithms for Knapsack via Convolution and Prediction," "From Battlefields to Presidential Elections: Winning Strategies of Blotto and Auditing Games," and "Approximating Edit Distance in Truly Subquadratic Time: Quantum and MapReduce," all which were given at the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA) in 2018...read more
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Garrett Katz (PhD, '17) will begin his tenure as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Syracuse University in the Fall Semester of 2018. Katz currently works as a post doctoral researcher for his former advisor, Professor Jim Reggia. About his advisor, he said, "Jim has been very supportive of me during my entire time here. I am sad to be leaving working with him so soon." Katz' research with Reggia focuses on neural computations that support cognitive processing in humans and robots. At Syracuse, Katz looks forward to being solely responsible for teaching and advising students as...read more