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Google Hangout at UMD Oct, 13th


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Google Hangout @ UMD

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UMD Computer Science
UMD Career & Intern Services

Google is reaching out to UMD tech students virtually via Hangouts!
Come learn tips from Googlers on how to prepare for a career as a
software engineer or in IT. We’ll also share details on the engineering
and IT internships and full-time roles currently available for students.

Thursday, 10/13/16
5:00pm - 6:30pm

Library 410

Google Hangout @ UMD!
RSVP so Google can contact
you about opportunities!

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Undergrad Research Opportunities Info Session


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

(UROP) Information Session
Bohannon Hall 90
4:00 Wednesday
September 14th

Find out how you can earn up to a $1500 scholarship monies and up to $300 in expenses.

Topics to be discussed include how to:

* Find a UROP mentor and project
* Write a proposal and assistance available from the Writing Center
* Deadline and project dates
* Utilize library resources
* publication options
* Opportunities with the UMD Showcase and National Conference on Undergraduate Research

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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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UMD Students at DigiKey Competition!


Computer Science majors at UMD recently competed in the DigiKey Collegiate Computing Competition.  Seven UMD students divided into two teams and traveled to Thief River Falls to participate in the annual competition hosted by the Digikey corporation.  The competition consisted of three rounds:  Small programing problems, written "world" problems, and longer programming problems.  One of UMD's teams was able to get 4th place in the competition, out of the 15 teams present.  In addition to the main event, the students also toured Digikey's facilities and were updated on what interning or working at Digikey would be like.  Everyone had a good time, and thanked Digikey for their hospitality!

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UMD CS & CIS Student Job Network!


Dear CS, CIS & CS Masters Students,

The UMD Computer Science Department maintains a career resource through AfterCollege, a career network for college students and recent graduates. All CS majors, CIS majors, and other interested students are invited to join the AfterCollege network by going here:

This network is exclusive to Department of Computer Science students and alumni and enables you to:
* Receive announcements on jobs, internships, and scholarships
* Search exclusive jobs and internships
* Network with alumni from our program

Once registered you can upload your resume for potential employers to see.  Next spring I will generate a UMD Computer Science Resume Book and circulate it to over 150 local and regional companies that have expressed interest in our students for jobs and internships.

Every piece of career information I receive, whether about permanent jobs, part-time jobs, or summer internships, is posted on AfterCollege, and an announcement is emailed to registered students.  Only by being a member of our AfterCollege career network will you receive these emails.

Also, for more information about getting academic credit for computer science internships, follow this link:

-         Professor Tim Colburn

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