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CS October Tea Time!


You're Invited to
October's CS Tea Time
Tuesday, 10/25
1:30 - 2:30 PM

* Chat with your friends
* Meet New People
* Dr. Peterson and Jon Beaulieu will announce
    a Game Programming Contest

Coffee & Cookies Near HH 338
Tech Talks in HH 314 @ 1:30, 1:45. 2:00, and 2:15!

Tea times are short, informal occasions for the whole department -- undergrads, graduates, faculty and staff -- where we can get together to chat, get to know each other, maybe talk about something technical, and importantly, have refreshments. Come for the treats, and stay for the fun. We'll have assorted cookies/bars along with coffee & tea. Come hungry, and bring your friends! Food will be outside HH 338.

Tea Time Program:
In HH 314, Dr. Peterson will give a short introduction to a game programming/design contest the LARS lab will be holding. Your assignment (should you choose to accept it): design and/or program a turn-based game for use in a high school programming contest. You'll design a playable game that high schoolers will try to play by writing AI solutions. Winners will have their games used in the UMDCYL this spring and will also recieve a gift. More details will be provided during the talk.

Dr. Peterson's intro talks will be in HH 314 at 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15. Jon Beaulieu will be in HH 338 after 1:45 to discuss the details with interested parties.

PS: Tea Times will be roughly monthly for the rest of the year. We're interested in starting a student committee to help organize them and find interesting programming for each event. If you'd like to help put on Tea Times, contact Dr. Peterson at

Author: cford


SMART Scholarships Open


SMART Scholarships
Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation

Freshman through Ph.D.

* Cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 per year depending on prior educational experience
* Full Tuition and related education expenses
* Health insurance allowance
* Book allowance
* Summer Internships (multi-year participants)
* Post-Graduation Career Opportunities

Apply At:

Author: cford


Colloquium - SCSE Academy of Science Inductee Mark Luker


SCSE Academy of Science Inductee Colloquium

"IT Collaborations for Research and Education"

Mark Luker
NITRD (Retired)
(Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)

Friday, October 14, 2016

MWAH 195


Information Technology for R&E has grown from nascent to revolutionary over the last five decades. Much of this progress has involved pioneering collaborations of university faculty, staff and students with their counterparts in industry, often with the stimulation and partial support of the Federal government. How can such loose collaborations find direction and purpose? This talk will explore a recent example in the field of Big Data.
After arriving at UMD in 1976, Mark developed undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science and spearheaded the formation of the Department of Computer Science.  Mark also served as Acting Dean of CSE, and in CIO roles at UMD, the University of Minnesota System, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Mark also served the IT community at the national level, as Program Director of NSFNet (precursor of the Internet) and as Vice President of EDUCAUSE.  During 2009-10 Mark managed grants and outreach in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program of the Department of Commerce.  Then until his retirement in 2015 Mark was Deputy Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which coordinates IT research programs across the Federal agencies and advises the White House on related policy matters.

Author: cford


Doug Dunham,Professor & Artist, Presents in Austria, China, Finland and Slovenia


Douglas Dunham, Professor, Department of Computer Science, attended four conferences in July, August, and September, giving talks at each one. Each talk was based on joint research with John Shier. The first paper, "Artistic Patterns: from Randomness to Symmetry," was presented at "Symmetry Festival 2016" in Vienna, Austria, in July. It has been published in the journal "Symmetry: Culture and Science," Vol. 27, No.4, pp. 392-402. The second paper, "Periodic Fractal Patterns," was presented at the 17th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics in Beijing, China, in August. It has appeared in the conference proceedings. The third paper, "Repeating Fractal Patterns with 4-Fold Symmetry," was presented at the "Bridges Finland" conference in Jyvaskyla, Finland, in August. The paper appeared in the conference proceedings . Two prints designed by Dunham and Shier, "Finnish Fractal Flag" and "Fractal p4 Circle Pattern," were selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit. The prints were donated to the University of Jyvaskyla. The fourth paper, "Artistic Fractal Patterns" was presented at the Third ESMA (European Society for Mathematics and the Arts) Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September. The paper will appear in the conference proceedings.

Author: cford


Professor Khan Receives Award at 2016 WORLDCOMP


Professor Arshia Khan received an Achievement award in July at the 2016 world Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and applied Computing in recognition and appreciation of contributions as a speaker of the following tutorial: "Data Privacy-Preserving in Cloud Computing".

Author: cford


UMD Wins 2015 DigiKey


UMD Programmers Triumph Again
For the second year in a row, UMD students have taken the top prize at the DigiKey 2015 Colegiate Computing Competition. Thirty-four teams from 15 univerisites in Minnesota,  North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin competed for the honor.

UMD's winning team, the Wylei Werevoles, was made up of Aleksandar Straumann, Jonathan Beaulieu, Mitchell Rysavy, and Amanda Poston. For earning first place, each student took home a $300 Amazon gift card, while the department received a $5,000 and a bronze traveling trophy.

Author: cford


Prof. Dunham Elected Chair of SIGMAA-ARTS


Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, was elected as chair of SIGMAA-ARTS, the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) special interest group consisting of over 300 MAA members who are also interested in the arts. He has served as interim chair for the past two years. Also, his sculpture "The {3,12} Polyhedron Decorated with a Fractal Circle Pattern" (which can be seen at: was featured in the "Snapshot" section of Baltimore University's fall 2015 magazine.

Author: cford


UMD MMAD Lab - Media in Motion Across Disciplines Lab


Updated: 04/03/2015 7:14 PM
Created: 04/03/2015 7:07 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

UMD is now home to technologies that seem almost like science fiction, but the university said students and faculty will use creative technology in a new Motion and Media Across the Disciplines or MMAD Lab to solve the 21st century's most complex problems.

The new state-of-the-art MMAD Lab is designed to be a crossover space where faculty, students and even community members can collaborate for creative and innovative research across areas of study from dance to exercise science.

Students and faculty showcased the MMAD Lab at a ribbon cutting Friday morning.

A ballerina performed a choreographed number in sync with a digital version of herself to showcase motion capture technology and a collaboration between the theatre and exercise science departments.

The technology uses data from sensors attached to a person's joints. As the person moves, motion capture cameras use infrared light reflecting from the cameras to the sensors to detect and plot movement in a computer system. The coordinated data then can show where the plot points are in a -D model.

Those same cameras and infrared lights can be a transport to virtual reality. Pete Willemson teaches computer science at UMD. His students programmed a virtual environment that people can actually explore and interact with.

"It's like taking Skype to the next level, of 3-D Skype where you are in a space with someone. You are in that social experience with someone," Willemson said. "I think it's pretty spectacular."

The virtual reality technology is often used for 3-D movies and games. Willemson said it can also be used for when a theatre group wants to design and build a set. They can build a virtual model and actors can actually walk and interact in the virtual set before a physical set is ever created.

UMD graduate students Logan Sales is studying computer science and working in the lab, and he said the effectiveness of virtual reality don't stop with entertainment.

"A lot of other uses are in therapy dealing with phobias or PTSD, things that people can be trained to deal with better without actually having to experience it physically," Sales said.

The addition of the MMAD lab, Sales said, has helped him experience what he's building on the computer, and he said it's made limitations on creativity and innovation because of systems a thing of the past.

"Whatever you want to experience, with enough time, we can make it happen," Sales said.

Funds for this lab came from a grant prepared by faculty from five different disciplines at UMD.

"We can explore the future here," Willemson said."It's a support of for doing the types of research that we want to do at this university."

Here are some news links. Each one is a little different.

Author: cford


UMD Computer Science students win DKC3, DigiKey's Collegiate Computing Competition 2014!


Three UMD CS students, Jonathan Beaulieu, Bridget Coughlin, and Scott Redig, formed the team Pointless Pointer and competed against twenty-three other teams from around the area. For the first time in the competition's history, two teams tied for first place after the word, short, and long problem sections: UMD and Bemidji State University. UMD scored very well on the tie-breaker problem to win the competition.

Author: cford


Science, social science, and art collide at the UMD MMad Lab


The MMad Lab is a mashup of three UMD colleges and five departments, resulting in a high-tech fueling of artistic wonder and groundbreaking research. Check out the article at

Author: cford


Professor Doug Dunham' Artwork on Exhibit


Three prints, designed by Professor Doug Dunham and John Shier, were selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit at the Bridges 2014 Conference in Seoul Korea, August 14-19, 2014.

"Yin-Yangs in a Circle",
"Circles in a Yin-Yang", and
"Yin-Yangs in Yin-Yang"
can be viewed at the Mathematical Art Gallery at:

One of them, "Circles in a Yin-Yang" was chosen as the background for the
cover of both the conference proceedings and the art exhibit catalog.

The cover of the proceedings can be seen at:

In addition, the three prints were donated as Object 4,
"Aesthetic Fractals", to the IMU

(International Mathematical Union) "DonAuction"
(, an auction to raise funds for the IMU
program called “Adopt a Mathematics Graduate Student”, to help young,
talented students from developing countries to gain access to assistantships
in other developing countries.
The three prints raised $500 for the program.

Author: cford


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