Research Highlights

Our faculty, alumni, and partners contribute to a broad range of exciting discoveries and research. Our mission is to advance research and innovation to discover new knowledge. The spotlights below are a few examples of our research collaborations, TEDx style talks, and video spotlights that showcase innovation and excellence. UMBC and COEIT is a diverse and inclusive environment where we produce graduates who are highly valued and in demand, poised to deliver solutions to global challenges and responsive to the region and beyond.

UMBC is designated by Carnegie Classifications as a Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity (R1). UMBC also ranks in the top 100 public universities to receive federal research funding. Explore additional fast facts about UMBC, including rankings and research highlights.

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Publication and Presentation Spotlights


News Spotlights

UMBC to lead climate-focused NSF data science institute though $13M award

iHARP team outside
Photo by Marlayna Demond ‘11/UMBC.

A team of researchers at UMBC are using data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze enormous volumes of climate data, and Arctic and Antarctic observations in ways that could help populations prepare for and respond to these risks.

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Photo by Marlayna Demond ‘11/UMBC.

As vehicles become more advanced, opportunities increase for hackers to remotely attack their embedded systems, creating significant safety concerns for drivers and passengers. Riadul Islam, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at UMBC, received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to better detect and protect against these cyber attacks.

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Banner image: Deepa Madan
Photo by Marlayna Demond ‘11/UMBC.

Rechargeable alkaline batteries are readily available at many stores and pharmacies, but they are rigid and cannot be used in slim or small devices that require batteries. Deepa Madan, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and her research team are working to develop zinc-chitosan gel-based batteries that are enclosed in flexible plastic. This would revolutionize how consumers power devices they use every day.

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Photo by Marlayna Demond ‘11/UMBC.

UMBC will partner with the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), and the DEVCOM Army Research Lab (ARL) on the $68-million, five-year endeavor, which ARL is funding. The goal is to strengthen Army AI technology so it is able to meet the demands of today’s national defense.

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Photo by Marlayna Demond ‘11/UMBC.

When a person experiences a trauma that leads to significant bleeding, the first few minutes are critical. It’s important that they receive intravenous medication quickly to control the bleeding, but delivering the medication at the right rate can prove challenging. Slower infusions can cause fewer negative reactions, but the medication might not work fast enough, particularly in the case of a serious trauma.

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Video Spotlights – GRIT-X 2021

UMBC’s GRIT-X talks during Homecoming 2021 highlighted research with a public impact. GRIT-X 2022 will be held on October 15, 2022 2-4pm.

Upal Ghosh, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, talked about his work understanding toxic pollutants and how they impact the environment.

Andrea Kleinsmith, acting associate dean for research and development and associate professor of information systems, discussed her work to develop systems that support stress awareness and reflection, including with emergency responders.

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