Five UMIACS Faculty Promoted with Tenure
Dana Dachman-Soled, Vanessa Frias-Martinez, Rob Patro, Michelle Mazurek and Marine Carpuat have all been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor within their respective schools and colleges. MORE
MIT Technology Review Names Leilani Battle One of the 35 Top Innovators Under 35
The magazine recognizes the data visualization expert as a visionary for developing a program that sifts through data faster so scientists can focus more on science. MORE
Making Cryptosystems More Secure in the Presence of Quantum Computers
To protect digital communication systems , NIST has funded Dana Dachman-Soled to lead an analysis of the security of post-quantum cryptosystems. MORE
GAMMA Research Group to Develop Robots That Assist With Social Distancing
NSF awarded $120K to researchers in Geometric Algorithms for Modeling, Motion and Animation (GAMMA) to develop robotics that can aid humans in maintaining social distancing guidelines. MORE
Srinivasan and Manocha Named Distinguished Professors by the University of Maryland
This is the highest academic honor bestowed by the university, reserved for faculty that are recognized nationally and internationally for the importance of their scholarly achievements . MORE
Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant Awarded to CLIP Student
Kianté Brantley is one of 10 doctoral students to receive the competitive award, which will support his research in reinforcement learning and machine learning. MORE
Mazurek Joins National Effort to Build A Secure Smart Home
The cybersecurity expert is part of a multi-institutional research team awarded $10M from NSF to develop trustworthy devices and systems for homes. MORE
De Floriani Named Eurographics Fellow
The geospatial data visualization expert was recognized for establishing a vibrant research community in her native Italy that is focused geometry and graphics . MORE
Hicks Featured in ACM SIGGRAPH Blog
In this Q&A, the cybersecurity expert talks about how he values the creative process–whether that's writing code, comics or music. MORE
Dorr Joins DARPA Information and Science Technology Study Group
The CLIP co-founder will help identify new areas of development in computer and communication technologies and recommend future research pathways. MORE
Aloimonos Part of Team Awarded $10M to Transform Shellfishing with Smart Technology
The computer vision expert will collaborate on a University of Maryland-led project to accelerate sustainable shellfish aquaculture . MORE
Hajiaghayi Among Finalists in Blavatnik Awards Competition
The algorithmic game theory expert is in the running for the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists–$250K. MORE
Christian Science Monitor Interviews Colwell on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
For the last 10 years, Colwell has served as director of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to study the effects from the "worst oil spill ever." MORE
Lin Elected to ACM SIGGRAPH Academy
The Distinguished University Professor was specifically recognized for her contributions to collision detection, physics simulation, natural phenomena, crowd animation, haptics and sound rendering. MORE
Elmqvist Reflects on His NSF CAREER Award
The HCIL director blogs about his research on ubiquitous analytics–a comprehensive new approach to harnessing a variety of digital devices into a unified environment. MORE

Welcome to the July issue of UMIACS Interface. See the steps that UMIACS is taking to advance equality and inclusion, both within our own community and beyond the University of Maryland campus. MORE
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