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Yelena Yesha, CSEE, Discusses Northrop Grumman Partnership in The Washington Post

The Washington Post reported on a new partnership between Northrop Grumman and UMBC that explores using cybersecurity tools to analyze health data. Yelena Yesha, computer science and electrical engineering, is leading the project and commented on the partnership, saying that they plan to evaluate millions of patient records. Tools originally developed to examine cyberthreats and security risks will be used to go through the data. This will allow the researchers to examine a large amount of data to see trends in conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Click here to read “Northrop Grumman, UMBC team to study health… Continue Reading Yelena Yesha, CSEE, Discusses Northrop Grumman Partnership in The Washington Post

Cynthia Matuszek, CSEE, Co-Authors Study on Google Image Searches, Professions, and Gender

Cynthia Matuszek, computer science and electrical engineering, co-authored a study that found that Google image search results underrepresent female professionals, use stereotypes, and influence gender bias. Matuszek recently came to UMBC from the University of Washington, where her coauthors are based. The researchers analyzed top Google image search results for over 40 professions and found that women were underrepresented when compared to data from the Bureau of Labor statistics. They also found that the image results affected perceptions of female representation in those occupations. “It’s part of a cycle: How people perceive things affects the search results, which affect how… Continue Reading Cynthia Matuszek, CSEE, Co-Authors Study on Google Image Searches, Professions, and Gender

Curtis Menyuk, CSEE, Wins Humboldt Research Award

Curtis Menyuk, computer science and electrical engineering, won the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. The award is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to scholars who have made a significant contributions to their discipline and plan to continue cutting-edge research. Menyuk’s research concentrates on optical and photonic systems, including optical fiber communications and switching, solid state device simulations, and nonlinear optics. In 2013, he received the IEEE Photonics Society Streifer AWard, another major international award. Menyuk said, “I was delighted and very honored receive this award.  It is really a tribute to UMBC and the members of my research group,… Continue Reading Curtis Menyuk, CSEE, Wins Humboldt Research Award

Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. Candidate, on CNN

UMBC student Kavita Krishnaswamy, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science and electrical engineering, was interviewed by CNN about how she has used a Beam telepresence robot to visit museums, attend computing conferences, and defend her Ph.D. proposal. Telepresence robots consist of a screen on motorized wheels that allows users to visit places and interact with people remotely. Krishnaswamy is also an undergraduate alumna of UMBC (’07, computer science and mathematics). Her Ph.D. proposal focuses on using robotics to increase autonomy for people with severe disabilities and draws on her personal experiences with limited mobility. Click here to read “Will robots help the… Continue Reading Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. Candidate, on CNN

CSEE Faculty Involved With NSF’s CS10K Teacher Training Project

    CSEE’s Marie desJardins is currently collaborating with Maryland educators and researchers for the NSF-funded CS10K Teacher Training Project. The project seeks to change how computer science is taught by high school teachers. Researchers work together with high school teachers to craft new curricula for high school computer science programs. This project is unique in that actual high school teachers are creating the new curricula, rather than professional curriculum writers. The CS10K Maryland Project team includes faculty from UMCP, as well as high school teachers from Charles County and Baltimore County. The CS10K team has facilitated the creation of “a complete curriculum package for a new College Board… Continue Reading CSEE Faculty Involved With NSF’s CS10K Teacher Training Project

New Hope for People Living with Paralysis

UMBC and UMB scientists are working together to build sensors that can be sewn into clothing to detect the gestures of people with paralysis. This technology has tremendous potential as a cost-effective way to empower people with limited mobility, such as enabling a person to turn on a light by waving a hand over their arm or knee. The goal says, Nilanjan Banerjee, an assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering is to, “use these sensors,” to sense “gestures for controlling the environment.” So that patients could control light switches or call 911. Learn more by watching the video. http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/?id=231786… Continue Reading New Hope for People Living with Paralysis

Marie desJardins, CSEE, Named an American Council on Education Fellow

Marie desJardins, computer science and electrical engineering, has been selected as a participant in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Fellows Program. desJardins was one of just 31 faculty and administrators chosen from across the United States this year. The ACE Fellows Program is the premier program for “identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation’s colleges and universities.” More than 300 past ACE fellows have served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and over 1,300 have served as provosts, vice presidents and deans. During the year-long program, desJardins will work with the president… Continue Reading Marie desJardins, CSEE, Named an American Council on Education Fellow

Marie desJardins, CSEE, Receives NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected Professor Marie desJardins as one of four awardees of the 2014 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. The award comes with a gift to UMBC of $5,000, sponsored by AT&T that can be used to further Professor desJardins’s mentoring activities. The award will be presented at the 2014 NCWIT Summit in Newport Beach, California in May 2014. NCWIT is a non-profit community of more than 500 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women’s participation in technology and computing. Their annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award… Continue Reading Marie desJardins, CSEE, Receives NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Marie desJardins, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, on Voice of America

Voice of America’s International Women’s Day coverage highlights the efforts of leading women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to encourage girls to pursue those fields. In a video posted on the news site, Marie desJardins, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, says, “Make sure your kids are getting [exposure to STEM] from an early age so they think of themselves as creators of technology and new ideas, not just following the rules.” See the video and article on Voice of America by clicking here.

Dr. Rick Forno discusses data breaches on WEAA

CSEE’s Dr. Rick Forno, Cybersecurity GPD and Assistant Director of the UMBC Center for Cybersecurity, was a guest on WEAA’s ‘The Marc Steiner Show’ where he joined Dr. Lisa Yeo of Loyola University in discussing cybersecurity issues and best practices in light of recent high-profile data breaches such as those at the University of Maryland, Target, and Indiana University. Listen to the segment here.

Prof. Fow-Sen Choa Elected SPIE Fellow

CSEE professor Fow-Sen Choa has been selected as a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. SPIE Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and for their service to the general optics community and to SPIE in particular. Professor Choa was cited for for achievements in the development of standoff chemical sensing using quantum cascade lasers. In the announcement of Dr. Choa’s section, the SPIE noted that: “Choa has contributed significantly to the advancement of standoff chemical sensing using quantum cascade lasers, achieving a greater than 41 feet standoff chemical detection distance. In addition his research on… Continue Reading Prof. Fow-Sen Choa Elected SPIE Fellow

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