CHMPR Image Stitching Accomplishment

Research funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and performed by The Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) has achieved a significant reduction in the time to precisely stitch together hundreds of electronic microscopic biological images to create one large composite image. Using the popular Fiji image stitching plugin takes 3.56 hours to complete the registration process and using Matlab takes about 17 minutes. The CHMPR method using its serial C++ implementation takes 10 minutes to complete the registration and using its dual NVIDIA Telsa C2070 graphics processing units (GPUs) takes about 25 seconds.

For more information about this research, contact Tim Blattner at

A GPGPUs tutorial will be given at 1 pm on Monday December 17, 2012 in the ITE Building Room 456.

CHMPR Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting – Tutorials

The Center for Hybrid Multicore Productivity Research (CHMPR) is hosting its Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting at UMBC on December 17-19, 2012. Tutorials will be held on Monday, December 17, from 1-4 pm and are open to the public. The tutorials will be in the ITE Building Room 456. The tutorial topics are:

  •     GPGPUs
  •     Cloud Policies
  •     Human Sensors Networks
  •     Machine Learning Disaster Warnings
  •     Graph 500
  •     HBase

To RSVP for the tutorials, contact Dr. Valerie L. Thomas at

Timothy J. Brennan, Public Policy, to Receive Distinguished Service Award

Timothy J. Brennan, professor of public policy, has been named 2013 recipient of Public Utility Research Center (PURC) Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the understanding of regulatory economics and finance. The Award recognizes the cumulative impact of an individual’s research and policy analyses on both the academic community and regulatory policymakers. Brennan will receive the award as he speaks on utility regulation at the Annual PURC Conference on February 13, 2013 at the University of Florida.

In addition, Brennan will co-direct the spring 2013 Center for Research in Regulated Industries’ Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics in Dublin, Ireland. Topics covered will include issues facing the new generation of postal companies, such as strategy, competition, innovation, marketing, universal service, cost analysis, demand analysis and new services.

Roy Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

An article in today’s Gazette on what the State of Maryland can expect in Governor Martin O’ Malley’s final two years in office, prior to a possible presidential run, quotes UMBC’s Roy T. Meyers, professor of political science.

Meyers suggests that if O’Malley is interested in the presidency, he will need to commit more of his time to raising money and traveling. However, Meyers also suggests that one state issue he won’t be able to ignore in his final term as governor is overhauling Maryland’s transportation funding program, saying, “He can’t let that fester.”

Donald F. Norris, Public Policy, on WBAL and MPT

On Tuesday, Peter Franchot announced he will seek re-election as state comptroller rather than run for governor in 2014. Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, joined WBAL TV to discuss the impact of this news on  Maryland’s political landscape. According to Norris, Franchot’s decision “certainly makes a difference in the race.” Norris predicts potential candidates in the 2014 race include Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (D), Attorney General Doug Ganzler (D), and Harford County Executive David Craig (R).

Norris also appeared on Maryland Public Television’s “State Circle,” where he offered an outlook on current Governor Martin O’Malley’s potential presidential campaign in 2016. “Looking at it from today’s perspective one would have to say that a small state governor in a deep blue state probably doesn’t have a great chance of getting the nomination. On the other hand, people said the same that about Jimmy Carter and they said that about Bill Clinton,” Norris remarked.

Thomas Schaller, Political Science, in the Baltimore Sun

Tom SchallerThomas Schaller’s latest column in the Baltimore Sun explores the origins of the impending U.S. “fiscal cliff.” Professor Schaller, political science, cites a recent Washington Post/Pew Research Center poll that “shows that Americans blame Republicans over Mr. Obama for the fiscal cliff by almost a 2 to 1 margin.” He goes on to say, “Americans have realized that Republicans can’t be trusted on fiscal matters.” Read Schaller’s full commentary at the Baltimore Sun.

Dennis Coates, Economics, on Sports On Earth and in the Baltimore Sun

A new Sports On Earth commentary by Patrick Hruby quotes UMBC professor Dennis Coates, economics, in arguing that eliminating “sports welfare” among college and professional sports teams and owners would provide an “easy, overdue fix to the nation’s fiscal woes.”

Coates believes more money would be available to indebted cities with professional  teams and stadiums if athletes kept their money in the communities where they play, instead of the southern California or south Florida areas where they often live. “If that same money was spent on a movie, dinner, bowling, the theater, a locally-owned bar, tips for bartenders and waitresses, all of that money predominantly stays within that community,” says Coates.

Coates also commented in the Baltimore Sun on the Colonial Athletic Association’s decision to award Baltimore’s 1st Mariner Arena the men’s basketball conference tournament for 2014-2016. Coates thinks it’s too soon to tell how the tournament will fare in Baltimore, but speculates that the city could lose money putting on the tournament instead of turning a profit.

John Rennie Short Video Interview on “Korea: A Cartographic History”

Korea: A Cartographic History“Korean cartography is very distinctive in having this combination of rivers and mountain shown so that the landscape looks as if it’s alive,” says Professor John Rennie Short, public policy, in a new video interview about his latest book.

Korea: A Cartographic History explores 600 years of Korean maps, made by both Koreans and non-Koreans, and serves as a captivating introduction to Korea for English speakers. Thanks to a grant from the Korea Foundation to the University of Chicago Press, the maps are printed in full color, showcasing them both as historical documents and works of art.

In the new video interview about Korea, John Rennie Short describes two cartographic controversies involving the complex relationship between Korea and Japan. He also reflects on the interdisciplinary approach that has defined his highly productive career.

Roy T. Meyers, Political Science, in the Gazette

Roy Meyers

Political science professor Roy T. Meyers was quoted in a Gazette article about Governor Martin O’ Malley’s third attempt to pass an offshore wind farm funding bill. Gov. O’Malley has encouraged President Obama to look at his proposal as a model for how Maryland produces clean energy, and Meyers believes that this proposal fits well with Obama’s focus on alternative energy sources in his second term.

According to Meyers, “Success this time around with the bill would put O’Malley squarely in the center of the Democratic Party’s potential 2016 candidates.” Meyers goes on to say that failure to pass the offshore wind farm bill will not hurt O’Malley’s potential presidential campaign due to previous success with high profile issues such as in-state tuition for undocumented students and legalization of same-sex marriage.

Robert Rubinstein, Sociology/Anthropology, in the Baltimore Sun

Robert RubinsteinIn a new Baltimore Sun article on managing grief during the holidays, Professor Robert Rubinstein, sociology and anthropology, offers advice for mourning families on how to make it through the season. “It’s a very difficult time,” he recognizes, before continuing, “That’s not to say people can’t have great holidays.”

Rubinstein’s research focuses on older adults’ experiences of  loss and grief. He offers his impression that, “People do tend to take care of each other,” around the holidays, as they share memories of deceased loved ones, such as favorite traditions or recipes. Rubinstein notes that often younger generations worry more about the grief of a widowed parent instead of their own. He recommends that those in mourning take opportunities to speak about the deceased, suggesting, “A public expression of grief and feelings about it is a good thing.”