UMD Professor Derek Paley Builds Fish-Inspired Robot
Derek Paley has always been captivated by how shoals of fish move fluidly as a cohesive group, almost as if a single organism. Paley is applying his long-standing source of inspiration to the cooperative control of autonomous vehicles.

Fish are particularly interesting for Paley because of their sensory system. He explains that fish have a lateral line system, which is a series of sensors located on their exterior, sometimes appearing on their side as a stripe. With their lateral line sense, fish can perceive the direction and speed of nearby water flow, as well as predators and other obstacles. Paley is equally intrigued by the propulsion system of fish: flapping may be even more efficient than having a propellor.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry Releases Expert Report from UMD's José Torero
The Grenfell Tower Inquiry published a report by UMD's José Torero on the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the June 2017 fire at Grenfell Tower. Torero, the John. L Bryan Chair in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering and Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience, is one of five expert witnesses called by the Inquiry last fall.

UMD Engineers Work to Triple Energy Storage of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion batteries are the most common type of battery found in home electronics, a workhorse for the emerging electric car industry, and a promising solution for grid-scale energy storage. UMD researchers have made significant progress toward increasing their energy density, which could facilitate the development of advanced technologies.

UMD Scientists Show Highest Accuracy in Face Recognition Comes From Human/AI Partnerships
New research combining computer vision research, forensic science, and psychology shows that experts in facial identification are highly accurate, but that the highest accuracy in face recognition comes through the partnering of a human expert with state-of-the-art face recognition software.

UMD Risk Expert Contributes to Report on National Drone Policy
UMD Professor Gregory Baecher is one of 14 authors of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to update its methods of authorizing drone operations.