Zia Khan Joins Faculty
Zia Khan will be joining as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, UMIACS, and the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) in December of 2013. Zia has a Ph. D. from Princeton University's Department of Computer Science where he was a student in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Zia also holds a dual B.S. degree in computer science and biology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago's Department of Human Genetics.
Zia's research focuses on quantitative and computational methods in biology. His work emphasizes applied algorithms development for data-intensive technologies in the biological sciences including protein mass spectrometry and quantitative microscopy. Zia's scientific interests have focused on questions relating to genetic variation and its impact on trait variation both within and between species. He has also recently become interested in developing computational methods to help unravel the principles that underlie morphogenesis.
Zia is a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Spring 2013 Newsletter Now AvailableThe Spring 2013 edition of the Department Newsletter is available as a PDF for download.
2012-2013 Graduating PhD Students
The Department has 23 students who will be graduating in the next year or so. Here is a list.
Research Spotlight: Theoretical Computer Science
Theoretical Computer Science (TCS), broadly speaking, is concerned with understanding the very nature of computation: What problems can be solved by computers? And how efficiently can such problems be solved? TCS encompasses research in such diverse areas as complexity theory, algorithms, cryptography, distributed computing, machine learning, and more; the common thread is a focus on precise models and rigorous mathematical analysis of particular problems within those models.
Squarespace Founder Casalena Featured in Vanity Fair
Undergrad alumnus Anthony Casalena was recently profiled in Vanity Fair's ongoing "My Phone" column, in which prominent technologists talk about how they use their handheld devices.
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Created in 2003 with a loan from his father while Casalena was still in college at the University of Maryland, the Manhattan-based Squarespace has since helped users create and host more than 1.4 million custom sites—adding up to over $17 million in revenue for the start-up last year. Squarepace is also notable for being part of the University's Mtech incubator program.
Former Professor Rombach Honored at 60th Birthday CelebrationOne June 7th 2013, Dieter Rombach, a former professor at UMD was given a Festakt to celebrate his 60th birthday. The program was held at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering and attended by several German dignitaries. Professor Basili was on the program to honor him. In the afternoon a technical symposium was held at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and presentations were given by Professors Basili and Shull., along with several others including Professors Barry Boehm (University of Southern California, Lee Osterwiel (University of Massachusetts), Manfred Broy Technical University of Munich), and Lionel Briand (University of Luxemburg). Professor Cleaveland presented Professor Rombach with a plaque for his support of the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering at Maryland.
Ph.D. Alumnus Andrade Co-authors Book on Stream Processing
Henrique Andrade ('03) is co-author of the upcoming book Fundamentals of Stream Processing, published by Cambridge University Press
Andrade is currently Vice President of Technology at JP Morgan.
CS Alumnus El-Alfy Joins Osaka University Department of Intelligent Media
Alumnus Hazem El-Alfy recently joined Osaka University, Japan as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Intelligent Media, working on behavior understanding based on gait.
Previously, El-Alfy was Assistant Professor at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.
He received his Ph.D. in 2009 and was advised by Larry Davis. His research interests are focused in computer vision with applications in video surveillance and camera management.