Jack Minker, Professor Emeritus and Founding Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Dies
The noted computer scientist and human rights activist was one of the first members of UMIACS. MORE
Uttaran Bhattacharya Receives Adobe Research Fellowship
He is developing systems and devices that can recognize, interpret, process and simulate human actions and emotions. MORE
Graduate Students Receive Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
The fellowship provides support for doctoral students in the latter stages of writing their dissertations. MORE
Hands-On Workshop Engages BIPOC Undergraduates
UMIACS faculty encourage students who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color to become active in computational research. MORE
Data-Driven Transit Advocacy Uses Cloud Computing
With support from the National Science Foundation, Vanessa Frias-Martinez is leading an effort to improve Baltimore public transit. MORE
Talk Nerdy Podcast Features Environmental Microbiologist Rita Colwell
The Distinguished University Professor in UMIACS talked candidly about her career as a woman scientist. MORE
Can Machine Learning See Suicide Risk in Social Media Posts?
Research by UMIACS computational linguist Philip Resnik is featured on the Maryland Today news site. MORE
“One if by Land, Two if by Sea,” Quantum Style
Nicole Yunger Halpern, who joins QuICS this fall, has a decidedly quantum take on Longfellow’s famous poem. MORE
Algorithmic Biases Discussion Available on YouTube
UMIACS faculty member Hal Daumé led an informative discussion based on the “Coded Bias” documentary. MORE
Remembering Jack Minker, 1927–2021
A short video highlights his legacy and impact over the years. MORE
Elman Reappointed as Director of AMSC Program
The interdisciplinary graduate program is currently ranked #13 by U.S. News & World Report. MORE
Identifying the Strengths and Limits of Quantum Computers
Hartree Postdoctoral Fellow Nai-Hui Chia explores the power, and limits, of quantum systems. MORE
Managing All Payroll and Benefits Queries for UMIACS
Payroll specialist Vivian Lu helps faculty, staff and students navigate the paperwork for employment in UMIACS. MORE
El-Sayed Leads New Genomic Sequencing Facility
The cutting-edge facility will enable researchers to access single-cell DNA and RNA sequencing technologies. MORE
QuICS Fellow Alexey Gorshkov Receives Flemming Award
He was recognized for his research at the crossroads of quantum optics and atomic and condensed matter physics. MORE
Director's Message

In reading numerous messages on the passing of our friend and colleague Jack Minker, I am struck by two things: Jack’s unwavering demand for excellence in research, and his compassion and support for students and new faculty. MORE
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