Maryland Computing Milestones
How UMD Researchers and Entrepreneurs Helped Lay the Groundwork for the Past and Future of Computers
If you’ve ever clicked on a link on the web, settled down for an epic shootout in one of the biggest video games of all time, used an online map or enjoyed autopilot-like features in a latest-generation car, you’ve benefited from the University of Maryland’s long history of research and innovation in computing.
“These amazing Terp pioneers have infused computing into every corner of society,” said Amitabh Varshney, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. “Their efforts have changed the world in unimaginably powerful ways.”
With the dedication of the new Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering on Maryland Day, April 27, UMD is positioned to continue to lead in these high-tech areas.
Scroll through the slideshow below featuring some of the computing milestones, foundational research and internet advances—not to mention just plain frivolous fun—that have come from UMD so far:
Technologies from facial recognition on phones to robots navigating warehouses depend on computer vision, a field that first took root at Maryland. Azriel Rosenfeld (above), a research professor who straddled computer science and engineering, is often called the founder of computer vision. Department of Computer Science Professors Yiannis Aloimonos and Larry Davis M.S. ’72, Ph.D. ’76 and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Rama Chellappa—all of whom were mentored by Rosenfeld—are among the researchers currently active at UMD making key contributions in computer vision and related fields. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Computer Science)