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An expert in virtual reality, computer graphics and robotics, Lin joins UMD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ming C. Lin will lead the University of Maryland’s Department of Computer Science, effective January 1, 2018. A noted educator and expert in virtual reality, computer graphics and robotics, Lin will assume the role of Elizabeth Stevinson Iribe Chair of Computer Science with a joint appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). As chair, she will oversee a department that has experienced significant increases in student enrollment; expanded its research in virtual and augmented reality, robotics, machine learning, cybersecurity and quantum...  read more
Announcement from the Provost's Office: COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and Capital One today announced a partnership aimed at developing a talented pipeline of students to join the workforce in areas of key national need, such as machine learning, data analytics and cybersecurity. A cornerstone of the new partnership will be the launch of an innovation lab in the university’s Discovery District. Situated along Baltimore Avenue, the lab will give UMD students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom—in topics like data science, technology and automation—...  read more
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On November 1st, 2017 Professor Atif Memon was awarded the 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering 2017 Most Influental Paper (MIP) Award. He has received many accolades for this paper published by ASE in 2003 entitled " What Test Orcacle Should I Use for Effect GUI Testing ?" The MIP commitee stated that "The paper won from an exceptionally strong field of papers published 15+-1 years ago at ASE2001, ASE2002, and ASE2003." One of the most prestigious conferences in the field of Software Engineering, ASE is currently b eing held at the University of Illinois...  read more
Join the department on November 4th-5th to celebrate women in computing at Technica, UMD’s all-women's hackathon . Hackathons bring computer programmers and other interested people together to immerse themselves in tech culture. Technica will take place from November 4th-5th at the Reckord Armory and the event is free. Technica’s main goal is to introduce people who identify as women or non-binary from diverse backgrounds to tech. Anyone (including males) can mentor or volunteer. No computer science experience or coding/tech skills are necessary to participate - It’s a great way to learn...  read more
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Matias Duarte '96 has been featured in Surface Magazine in a long-form article entitled " Duarte's Material World ." It addresses his design aesthetic and his role as Google's Vice President of Design. From the article: "Duarte’s latest project exemplifies how his bold ambitions, combined with a humble profile, enable him to push boundaries. Since shaping the experience of Google’s entire range of products, he has now set out to redesign the design process itself. 'We’re treating the process of design as a design problem,' he says. 'I want the design process to be really transparent. I want...  read more
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Mohit Iyyer and Srijan Kumar have been named the 2017 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. Iyyer’s dissertation is entitled Beyond Sentential Language Understanding with Deep Learning ; he was advised by Jordan Boyd-Graber and Hal Daumé III. Kumar’s dissertation is entitled Characterization and Detection of Malicious Behavior on the Web , and he was advised by V.S. Subrahmanian. A committee of professorial faculty solicit nominations for this award...  read more
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Ph.D. students Greg Davis and Matthew Evanusa have been accepted into the 2017 class of the University of Maryland’s COMBINE (Computation and Mathematics for Biological Networks) fellows program. This National Science Foundation-funded Research Traineeship (NRT) program, gives graduate students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research and training in quantitative modeling methods from physics and mathematics with data processing, analysis, and visualization tools from computer science to investigate structural and dynamical principles governing living systems. The program...  read more
Assistant Professor Michelle Mazurek and PhD student Doowon Kim have recently been awarded the 5th annual NSA Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper . Their paper called "You Get Where You're Looking For: The Impact of Information Sources on Code Security," was presented at at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. Mazurek and Kim worked with fellow researchers from CISPA, Saarland University. Their paper explores why software developers write programs that have security vulnerabilities and present scientific evidence confirming anecdotal stories in the programming community. The...  read more
Assistant Professor Dave Levin received a Distinguished Paper Award at the 2017 USENIX Security Symposium for his paper entitled "A Longitudinal, End-to-End View of the DNSSEC Ecosystem." Written with colleagues from Northeastern University, TU Berlin, University of Twente, and Duke University, the paper addresses Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and how well it is deployed on the internet today. All users of the internet depend on DNS (Domain Name Service)--it is the system which maps easily recognizable names including to internet-routable addresss like  read more
Assistant Professor Marine Carpuat and PhD Student Yogarshi Vyas were awarded the Adam Kilgarriff Best Paper Award at the SEM conference (Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics) in August. Their paper is entitled "Detecting Asymmetric Semantic Relations in Context : A Case Study on Hypernymy Detection." Vyas explained that the paper address a key challenge in natural language understanding, which is the building of models that can understand the meaning of words and the relations that exist between them. One such relation is hypernymy, which can be defined as an “is-a”...  read more

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