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Computer Science Department
Her Name Is Pepper
Associate Professor Arshia Khan and Yumna Anwar discuss programming a robot named Pepper who would help people who have been diagnosed with dementia.
The Department of Computer Science is made up of faculty and staff that are excited about this continually evolving field and the possibilities we can offer our students.
We have faculty conducting cutting-edge research and they work one-on-one with our students to give them research opportunities and ensure they succeed while pursuing their undergraduate degree. We also offer students an opportunity to advance their education with our graduate degree program.
Our department's mission encompasses four main goals:
- Conduct scholarly research
- Provide a learning environment that leads our students to careers and research
- Contribute to the liberal education mission of UMD
- Serve the community, region, state and the professions
UMD students are doing amazing things, and our department is no exception.
Every year, we have student teams compete at a DigiKey Collegiate Computing Competition, where our teams traditionally do very well (we won first place in 2014 & 2015). And students like Yichen Wei, are working with faculty to develop an app that will help people with dementia recover memories via music, pictures and stories.
These are just a few examples that demonstrate our commitment to helping our students accomplish amazing things.
UMD Computer Science students work side-by-side with faculty to conduct research in a wide variety of areas. This means students can enter the job market with experience in giving conference presentations and submitting articles for journal publication. Recently, a group of Women in Computing students won top awards at a regional competition for their research.
Outreach & Opportunity
In addition to working hard for our students, we also do our best to get involved in the community and inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and the computer science field.
We offer a program for middle school students to gain an introduction to computer programming and participate in many activities organized by Swenson College of Science & Engineering Outreach, here at UMD.