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.
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Publication and Presentation Spotlights
- New graph-based statistical method detects threats to vehicular communications networks
- New research on how fungal cells respond to stress
- Theater improvisation techniques show promising results for science classroom engagement
- Navigation preferences across people with a diverse range of disabilities
- New way to analyze fMRI data offers path to improving treatment for schizophrenia
- Researchers identify healthcare data defects, create software for easier defect detection
- UMBC gaming researchers develop a new way to render characters with realistic skin
- Researchers to study COVID-19-related discrimination against Chinese Americans
- DIY tools TalkBox and SenseBox help people with disabilities to communicate
- New research uses optical solitons in lasers to explore naturally-occurring supramolecules
UMBC to lead climate-focused NSF data science institute though $13M award
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.
UMBC’s Riadul Islam receives NSF funding to secure cars against communication system attacks
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.
UMBC’s Deepa Madan develops bendable zinc-based batteries
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.
UMBC to partner with UMD, Army Research Lab to advance AI and autonomy through $68M collaboration
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.
UMBC’s Lavik and Bieberich develop new approach to nanoparticles that stop internal bleeding
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.
Video Spotlights – GRIT-X 2021
Saving our Environment from the Past – A Story of Chemicals and Fish
Upal Ghosh, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, talked about his work understanding toxic pollutants and how they impact the environment.
Stressing Connections – Designing for Affective Awareness
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.