UMIACS Interface

UMIACS Interface is a monthly newsletter highlighting interdisciplinary research and innovation at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Previous issues are accessible below. To receive the newsletter in your inbox once a month, sign up here.


The October 2021 issue features our faculty's numerous new leadership positions, using artificial intelligence for violin instruction and heart monitoring, and more.

The September 2021 issue features a new quantum leap challenge institute led by Andrew Childs, eight new faculty appointments, NSF awards to improve mental health and Wi-Fi infrastructure, and more.

The July 2021 issue features a first-of-its-kind study that quantifies cybersickness in virtual reality, a Best Demo award for a mini sound localization system, tiny drones designed to pollinate crops, and more.

The June 2021 issue features Plaisant's retirement, our new faculty member Erin Molloy, Zwicker is named chair of the Department of Computer Science, and more.

The May 2021 issue features research by our faculty to advance computational tools in microbiology, virtual and augmented reality, computer vision, and more.

The April 2021 issue features a tribute to Jack Minker, who passed away earlier this month; a look at a hands-on research workshop; Rita Colwell on theTalk Nerdy podcast; and more.

The March 2021 issue features Amazon funding Philip Resnik to use machine learning for suicide risk assessment, Abhinav Bhatele's NSF CAREER award, and more.

The February 2021 issue features AI harnessing data science for social good, Michelle Mazurek is named co-director of MC2, QuICS' latest accomplishments, and more.


The December 2020 issue features virtual reality research to better predict severe weather and train factory workers, as well as five significant awards to UMIACS faculty members who are at the forefront of their respective fields.

The November 2020 issue features our newest QuICS fellows, Soheil Feizi's DARPA-funded project, Catherine Plaisant's IEEE Visualization Career Award, and more

The October 2020 issue features two major NSF awards, our Rising Stars in Machine learning, new undergraduate major in Immersive Media Design, and more.

The September 2020 issue features articles on sexism in science, fighting Alzheimer's Disease and lung cancer with big data, developing computational models to better understand political decisions, and more.

The August 2020 issue features Rita Colwell's riveting memoir, our powerhouse cybersecurity community, two new appointments, and more.

The July 2020 issue features five faculty promotions, social distancing robots, smart home security research, and more.

The June 2020 issue features three awards from NSF to improve the national response to COVID-19, a novel web application to track the virus, and more.

The May 2020 issue features two videos, a $10M NSF award to thwart disease outbreaks, Abhinav Shrivastava's $2.5M award from DARPA, a story on how faculty are adapting to researching activities during the COVID-19 crisis, and more.

The April 2020 issue features DARPA's $3.1 million machine learning award, Forbes' story on socially intelligent robots, three awards from NSF, and more.

The March 2020 issue features Soheil Feizi's NSF award, weather forecasting in virtual reality, the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, and more.

The February 2020 issue features a $2.6M grant from NIH, the new MC2 director, a conference on the future of quantum, and more.


The December 2019 issue features two $1M grants, two IEEE faculty awards, the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, and more.

The November 2019 issue features Pratap Tokekar’s work in robotics, Furong Huang’s research in machine learning, Ben Shneiderman’s and Amitabh Varshney’s IEEE Vis Academy induction, and more.

The October 2019 issue features our quantum postdoctoral research fellows, Huashui Peng’s work in 3D modeling, our final Rising Star in Machine Learning speaker, and more.

The September 2019 issue features Four Strings Around the [Virtual] World, Ge Gao’s and Marine Carpuat’s award to advance smart machine translation systems, a story about our second-to-none Help Desk, and more.