Kavita Krishnaswamy, CSEE Ph.D. student, Featured on National Science Foundation Website

Kavita Krishnaswamy ’07, computer science and mathematics, Ph. D. candidate, computer science and electrical engineering, was featured on the National Science Foundation website for her research on adaptive technology. Krishnaswamy’s work focuses on developing robotic prototypes that can assist people with severe disabilities and improving robotic interfaces.

kavitaIn the article, Krishnaswamy discusses how the support of research fellowships and mentors at UMBC has aided her research. She has won several competitive fellowships, receiving a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship. “These fellowships are instrumental in facilitating my research career in many ways and making it possible for me to be one step closer to achieving my goals to assist people with disabilities. They enable me to focus on my research goals with greater determination to succeed,” she said.

Gisele Muller-Parker, program director of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, praised Krishnaswamy’s research and advocacy for individuals with disabilities, saying “[Kavita] is clearly passionate about helping others through the development of robotics research and is an inspiring leader in this area.”

Click here to read “Graduate student perseveres to increase access for persons with severe disabilities” on the National Science Foundation website.

Krishnaswamy was also recently interviewed by Technical.ly Baltimore about her experience using a telepresence devise and her vision for how robots can help people with disabilities. Click here to read “This UMBC Ph.D. candidate will change your mind about robots.”

Christopher Gardner ’18, Computer Science, Places First at Kaizen Capture the Flag

Earlier this week, UMBC CyberDawg Christopher Gardner ’18, computer science, took first place out of approximately fifty competitors at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Kaizen Capture The Flag event held at the Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD.

The event focused around navigating through a series of progressively harder cybersecurity obstacles. The challenge’s theme centered around a narrative that competitors were assisting the FBI in finding and then defusing a bomb. Competitors needed to complete a series of increasingly harder challenges to locate clues and other information, such as examining an Android .apk to find a wireless access point password, finding the login page for an website’s administration panel, and gaining access to a web server’s log directory.

Congratulations again to Christopher and to all of the CyberDawgs who competed.

Marc Olano, CSEE, and Anne Rubin, History, Describe the Bandit Video Game Project in the Daily Record

Marc OlanoA team of professors and students across several disciplines have worked together to develop “Bandit,” a video game in which players control a fox that navigates the streets during Civil War-era Baltimore. The game is one of two developed this semester in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Professor Marc Olano’s game development class. The group collaborated with students in the history department and Anne Rubin, an associate professor of history, to develop viewpoints of diverse actors in the Pratt Street Riots.

Anne RubinThe work was featured in a Daily Record article published on May 19: “The game-design students initially pitched several game ideas to the history class, and Rubin said she and her history students were fond of a proposed mystery-style game because they thought it would lend itself more readily to the teaching of history. But the animal-focused game was the most feasible to produce, so that became the choice. ‘We’re really happy with how this turned out,’ Rubin said.”

To read about the Bandit video game presentation at URCAD 2015, click here. To read the article “At UMBC, a taste of professional life for game designers” in the Daily Record, click here (subscription required). For additional coverage in Baltimore Tech, click here.

V-LINC Honors Department of Mechanical Engineering for “Partnership of the Year”

Rothman Award

From left: Darek Bushnaq, V-LINC President, Theo Pinette, Executive Director, Neil Rothman, Mechanical Engineering Professor, and Angela Tyler, Volunteer Manager

On April 30, V-LINC honored UMBC’s department of mechanical engineering at their annual volunteer recognition event at the Cylburn Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. V-LINC is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that connects engineers and people with disabilities to create technological solutions to improve participants’ independence and quality of life.

The mechanical engineering department received V-LINC’s “Partnership of the Year” honor. Professor of the Practice Neil Rothman, mechanical engineering, accepted the award on behalf of the department. Rothman has worked with student teams to design innovative solutions for V-LINC clients, including an adaptive swing, interchangeable tool, squeeze machine, and elliptical machine.

UMBC was one of several organizations honored by V-LINC at their volunteer recognition event. Other awardees included Johns Hopkins University’s department of bio-medical engineering and the Baltimore chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. UMBC has enjoyed a long history of partnership with V-LINC. Dean Drake, associate vice-president for research, serves on V-LINC’s board of directors and David Salkever, public policy, was one of the co-founders of LINC, a predecessor organization.

Cynthia Matuszek, CSEE, Describes Image Search Research on CBC Radio

cynthiamatuzsekCynthia Matuszek, CSEE, was interviewed on Spark about her research on gender representation on Google Image Search. Spark is a show on CBC radio that explores the topics of technology and trends.

Matuszek described what inspired her and colleagues at the University of Washington to study gender representation across various professions on Google Images and discussed the study’s results. Matuszek found women are often underrepresented in images search results for different professions and portrayed in stereotypical ways.

Click here to listen to Matuzsek’s interview on CBC Radio.

Matuzsek’s research was also referenced in an article about a Google search result for jokes. Click here to read “Something Truly Unfunny Happened When You Googled the Word ‘Joke'” on Mic.

Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Receives AAEES Award

Upal Ghosh, chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering, received an award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Sciences (AAEES) last week. The AAEES awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made contributions to environmental engineering, environmental science, and public health/environmental protection.

Upal Students AAEES-award-2015Ghosh received an Honor Award in the category of University Research for his work with developing in-situ remediation technology using activated carbon amendment to sediment. CBEE graduate students Hilda Fadaei Khoei and Eli Patmont were also recognized for their contributions to the project. Ghosh has used the technology, named SediMite in his work with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources to remediate Mirror Lake. The Mirror Lake project was also recognized by the AAEES, receving an Honor Award in the Small Projects category.

Click here to read more about Ghosh’s work in remediation technology and here to learn more about the Mirror Lake project.