News & Announcements

Elmqvist Part of $5M NSF Award to Develop Immersive Training for Manufacturing Jobs

Nov 25, 2020 - “The novelty of this project is that we are using the new generation of XR technology—augmented, virtual, and extended reality hardware—to put the trainee into the shoes of trainer, enabling an entirely new and more scalable form of workforce education,” says Elmqvist.

Colwell Honored by AGU with William Bowie Medal

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Nov 19, 2020 - The organization's highest award, the Bowie Medal, was established in 1939 in honor of AGU’s first president who was known for his spirit of helpfulness and friendliness while conducting his own unselfish, cooperative research.

De Floriani and Plaisant Inducted into IEEE Visualization Academy

Nov 19, 2020 - Launched in 2019 by the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee, the “Vis Academy” as it’s often called, acknowledges research leaders in the field of visualization that indirectly underscore the accomplishments of the entire field.

UMIACS Faculty Researcher Asks: Could Your Robotic Vacuum Be Listening to You?

Nov 18, 2020 - A team of researchers, including UMIACS faculty member Nirupam Roy, demonstrated that popular robotic household vacuum cleaners can be remotely hacked to act as microphones.

Feizi Funded by NIST to Develop Standard Evaluations of Machine Learning Robustness

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Nov 17, 2020 - The goal of Feizi’s project is to design metrics that evaluate a defense’s effectiveness of robustness, scalability in deep networks and transferability across models.

University of Maryland Contributes to National CSforALL Initiative

Nov 17, 2020 - UMD’s commitment to CSforALL will include workshops and summer camps for young people—focused mostly on those who identify as female or non-binary and/or Black, Latinx, or Native American—in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland region.

Carpuat and Frias-Martinez Selected for UMD Research Leaders Fellows Program

Nov 16, 2020 - The new program supports up-and-coming researchers on the University of Maryland campus.

Wu Receives AFOSR Award to Develop Methods to Fend Off Quantum Attacks

Nov 11, 2020 - The project will receive $450K over the next three years as part of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program.

Boyd-Graber to Present Papers on Helping AI Systems Sort Through Medical Data

Nov 11, 2020 - Boyd-Graber and his team are presenting two papers on how to quickly train aging AI systems to sift through medical and emergency data.

Hunt for Quantum Speedups Closes a Door But Opens a Window

Nov 11, 2020 - A paper by Daochen Wang (in photo) and Andrew Childs in QuICS explores current boundaries—and possible future advances—involving exponential quantum speedups.