❌ Canceled: UMBC Data Science Meetup: Rapid Data Exploration with Apache Drill ❌

❌ Canceled: UMBC Data Science Meetup:
Rapid Data Exploration with Apache Drill

5:30-7:00 pm 11 March 2020, UC 310, UMBC

Join Charles Givre for a hands-on introduction to data exploration with Apache Drill. Becoming a data-driven business means using all the data you have available, but a common problem in many organizations is that data is not optimally arranged for ad-hoc analysis. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, you’ll gain the ability to access previously inaccessible data sources and analyze them with ease. You’ll learn how to use Drill to query and analyze structured data, connect multiple data sources to Drill, and perform cross-silo queries. Study after study shows that data scientists and analysts spend between 50% and 90% of their time preparing their data for analysis. Using Drill, you can dramatically reduce the time it takes to go from raw data to insight. This workshop will show you how.

UMBC University Center, Room 310
March 11, 2020, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
(5:30 – 6:00 pm) Social
(6:00 – 6:50 pm) Workshop: Rapid Data Exploration with Apache Drill
(6:50 – 7:00 pm) Question and Answer Session

Register on the Meetup page.

Note that we formally end our Q&A session at 7 pm (so that graduate students can catch their classes starting at 7:10 pm) but in our previous events we’ve seen that one-on-one and group discussions with the speaker(s) continue even after Q&A session

Speaker: Mr. Charles Givre works as a manager at JP Morgan Chase. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Givre worked as a Senior Lead Data Scientist for Booz Allen Hamilton for the last seven years where he works in the intersection of cybersecurity and data science. Mr. Givre taught data science classes at BlackHat, the O’Reilly Security Conference, the Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cyber Security at Bar Ilan University. One of Mr. Givre’s research interests is increasing the productivity of data science and analytic teams, and towards that end, he has been working extensively to promote the use of Apache Drill in security applications and is a committer and PMC Chair for the Drill project. Mr. Givre teaches online classes for O’Reilly about Drill and Security Data Science and is a coauthor for the O’Reilly book Learning Apache Drill. Mr. Givre holds a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s of Music both from the University of Arizona. He blogs at thedataist.com and tweets @cgivre.

Complimentary food, such as pizza and chips, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided

Visitor parking spaces are located at Administration Drive Garage upper level, Commons Garage first level, Walker Avenue Garage upper level, Lot 9 and Lot 7 on Walker Avenue. Visitors do not need to pay for parking after 4:00 pm.

Join the UMBC Data Science Meetup group and register for this event here.

talk: Hardware Security Kernel for Managing Memory and Instruction Execution, 12pm Fri 2/28

The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab presents

Hardware Security Kernel for Managing Memory and Instruction Execution

 Patrick Jungwirth, PhD

Computational and Information Sciences Directorate
Army Research Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA

12–1 pm Friday, 28 February 2020, ITE 227, UMBC

The cybersecurity world faces multiple attack vectors from hardware-level exploits, including cache bank malicious operations, rowhammer, Spectre, Meltdown, and Foreshadow attacks, and software-based attacks including buffer-overflows, et al.  Hardware-level exploits bypass protections provided by software-based separation kernels.  Current microprocessor execution pipelines are not designed to understand security:  they treat malicious instructions, software bugs, and harmless code the same. This presentation explores adding a hardware-level security monitor below the execution pipeline [1,2,3].

[1] P. Jungwirth, et al.:  “Hardware security kernel for cyber-defense,” Proc. SPIE 11013, Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences II, 110130J, Baltimore 10 May 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513224
[2] P. Jungwirth, and J. Ross:  “Security Tag Fields and Control Flow Management,” IEEE SouthEastCon 2019, Huntsville, AL, April 2019.
[3] P. Jungwirth and D. Hahs:  “Transfer Entropy Quantifies Information Leakage,” IEEE SouthEastCon 2019, Huntsville, AL, April 2019.

About the SpeakerDr. Jungwirth is a computer architecture researcher at the Army Research Lab.  Previously he worked for the Aviation and Missile, RDEC in Huntsville, AL.  Currently, he is researching hardware state machines to provide simple operating system support (monitor) and control flow integrity in hardware.  Dr. Jungwirth is co-inventor of the OS Friendly Microprocessor Architecture, US Patent 9122610.  The OS Friendly Microprocessor Architecture includes hardware security features for an operating system and supports near single-cycle context switches in hardware. Email: 

Host: Alan T. Sherman, 

Support for this event was provided in part by the National Science Foundation under SFS grant DGE-1753681.

The UMBC Cyber Defense Lab meets biweekly Fridays.  All meetings are open to the public.

Upcoming CDL Meetings:

Mar 13, Hasan Cam, autonomous agents
Mar 27, Dan Yaroslaski, cybercommand
Apr 10, Russ Fink (APL), ransomware
Apr 24, TBA
May 8, Jason Wells, law enforcement
May 22, Spring SFS Meeting at UMBC, 9:30am-2pm, ITE 456

UMBC Data Science Meetup: Enabling Value-Based Health Care Using Modern Analytics Tools

Enabling Value-Based Health Care
Using Modern Analytics Tools

Daniel Pichardo and Dr. Xue Yang

UMBC will have its second Data Science meetup on February 27 at UMBC University Center, Room 310. Attendance is free, register here. Visitors can park for free (after 4:00 pm) at the parking lots marked with black arrows in the event photo. The program is as follows

(5:30 – 6:00 pm) Social
(6:00 – 6:50 pm) Talk & Demo: Enabling Value-Based Health Care Using Modern Analytics Tools
(6:50 – 7:15 pm) Question and Answer Session

Speakers: Daniel Pichardo and Dr. Xue Yang

Speaker Bios: Danny Pichardo is a Senior Data Scientist at Newwave. He previously worked as a Statistician at the American Urological Association. He holds a B.Sc. In Statistics from UMBC. His interest and experience include prediction modeling and causal inference using real world health data.

Xue Yang is a data scientist with a solid medical background. At NewWave, Xue works on data analysis and AI/ML model exploration that support data exchange/feedback platform and AI/ML projects. Before joining NewWave, she was building AI/ML models using medical insurance claims data at CareFirst. Xue has a M.P.S. in Data Science from UMBC, a Ph.D. on Genetics and an M.D. from China, and was a postdoc at Johns Hopkins Medical School at the Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Abstract: Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model in which providers are paid based on patient health outcomes. Value-based healthcare requires measuring clinical outcomes and spotting population trends while incentivizing health care providers for the delivery of better healthcare.

New Wave is building next-generation data platforms to improve health outcomes and reduce waste by transforming the wealth of data CMS currently collects, which allows the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to fulfill its objectives of delivering value-based health care for the citizens. We leverage cloud-based tools such as Snowflake, Looker, and Databricks to provide health care providers a flexible platform to explore their patient’s data, as well as enable data scientists to perform efficient data analyses, model development, and reporting. We will demo how these tools can seamlessly work together, enabling every step of the data science process. Please join us on this journey of transformation as we attempt to modernize and innovate in healthcare.

Parking: Visitor parking spaces are located at Administration Drive Garage upper level, Commons Garage first level, Walker Avenue Garage upper level, Lot 9 and Lot 7 on Walker Avenue. Visitors do not need to pay for parking after 4:00 pm. Register here.

🔴 talk: Shawn Blanton (CMU); Designing Secure Hardware Systems, 1pm Fri 2/7; Commons 329

Lockheed Martin Distinguished Speaker Series

Designing Secure Hardware Systems

Shawn Blanton

Trustee Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

1:00-2:00pm Friday 7 Feb. 2020

Commons 329, UMBC
University Center Ballroom

On October 29, 2018, DARPA issued an RFI that stated: “This Request for Information (RFI) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) seeks information on technology, concepts, and approaches to support the integration of security capabilities directly into System on Chip (SoC) system design and to enable the autonomous integration and assembly of SoCs.

This RFI and the tens of millions of dollars that the US government has already invested in hardware security research and development is based on the fact that the fabrication of state-of-the-art electronics is now mostly overseas. With the recent announcement that GLOBALFOUNDRIES is going to stop all 7nm development, there is now only one company in the US that continues to pursue advanced semiconductors (Intel). Unfortunately, Intel does not have the same experience of making chips for third parties as does Samsung and (most importantly) TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation). As a result, the US government believes it will be forced to fabricate advanced, sensitive electronics overseas in untrusted fabrication facilities. As a result, there is keen interest in design methodologies that mitigate reverse engineering, tampering, counterfeiting, etc.

In this talk, an overview of hardware security will be presented followed by a discussion on a concept called logic locking. This approach will be described and the “back and forth” that is now occurring in the research community involving: (i) vulnerability discovery and (ii) logic locking improvement.

Shawn Blanton is a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University and Associate Director of the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE). In 1995 he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests include various aspects of integrated system tests, testable design, and test methodology development. He has consulted for various companies and is the founder of TestWorks, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout focused on information extraction from IC test data. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and Senior Member of the ACM and served as the program chair for the 2011 International Test Conference.

Global Game Jam at UMBC, 5pm Fri 1/31 – 5pm Sun 2/2

Global Game Jam
The GGJ is the largest game jam event with 850 physical locations in 113 countries. In 2019 it had over 47,000 participants, who made 9,010 games together in 48 hours.

Global Game Jam 2020 registration

Registration for the 2020 Global Game Jam is open!

For the 12th(!) year in a row, UMBC is the Baltimore host site for the Global Game Jam! It will run from 5:00 pm Friday, January 31st to 5:00 pm Sunday, February 2nd, just after classes start. Space is limited, so sign up now!

For anyone who hasn’t participated, the global game jam is a 48-hour game development event, similar in spirit to a hackathon, with hundreds of host sites around the world. At 5:00 pm local time, introduce the jam and announce this year’s theme. Previous year’s themes have ranged from a phrase (“as long as we’re together there will always be problems”) to a word (“extinction”) to an image (ouroboros: a snake eating its tail), to a sound (the recording of a heartbeat). Participants brainstorm game ideas around the theme, form into teams, and spend the weekend building games that are designed to be both fun and express the theme.

The UMBC site is not restricted to just students. In previous years, we have had a mix of UMBC students, alumni, students from other schools, game development professionals, and just people with an interest in game development. You can get more information on game jams, the GGJ, and the UMBC site on the UMBC Games, Animation and Interactive Media web page.   

The UMBC site is limited to just 40 participants, so sign up early if you want to come. If you are not near UMBC, check the main Global Game Jam site for a participating location near you.

ACM-IEEE Mid-Semester Celebration, 12-2 Mon. 10/21

ACM-IEEE Mid-Semester Celebration

12-2pm Monday, 21 October 2019

The UMBC ACM student chapter and IEEE student branch are back together for an event to mark and celebrate the mid-point of this fall semester. Take this opportunity to mingle, network, explore ideas, collaborate and treat yourself to a wonderful feast while you’re at it! Faculty, staff and especially students from the CSEE and IS departments are encouraged to participate.

Location: UMBC Engineering Building Atrium
Date: Monday, 21 October 2019
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Hosted by: UMBC ACM and IEEE Chapters

We hope to see you all there!

The ACM and IEEE student chapters of UMBC in association with Computer Science & Electrical Engineering and Information System departments.


Email with any questions about this event and follow the UMBC ACM student chapter Facebook page for event updates.

Science Unscripted: Conversations with AI Experts, 5-8:00pm 29&30 Oct 2019, UMBC

On October 29 and 30 the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host Science Unscripted: Conversations with AI Experts, two early evening events at UMBC from 5:00 to 8:00pm that bring together AI experts to discuss how AI will impact our lives. The events will be held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall with doors open at 5:00 prior to the 5:30 start and will conclude with a reception starting at 7:00pm with food and drinks. Both events are free, but registration is requested.

These events are a part of the NSTMF’s Science Unscripted program. Through the SU program, the Foundation is building an inclusive coalition of inspired STEM students. By highlighting voices often left unheard in the STEM community, we show audiences that there is no “right” way to be a trailblazer in science and technology. Each evening, attendees will have the chance to hear about the lives and experiences of the women and men dedicated to creating smart, socially conscious AI.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Code-ifying AI is a a discussion about AI policy. A panel including UMBC Professor Cynthia Matuszek, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths and moderated by Rosario Robinson will examine what it will take to govern AI as well as the implications of incorporating AI into our everyday lives. Register on Eventbright.

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Decoding Bias in AI is a panel discussion about implicit bias and how we can create more socially conscious AI with UMBC Professor James Foulds, Loretta Cheeks, Emmanuel Johnson and moderator Deborah Kariuki. Implicit bias remains one of the most prevalent concerns about incorporating AI into the mainstream, and our panel is poised to deliberate the ethics and possible solutions to this issue. Register on Eventbright.

The events will be webcast live with closed-captions on Facebook, and the full event videos will be available on our YouTube channel afterward. Webcast audiences are encouraged to participate in the conversation using #ScienceUnscripted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Both events are no-cost, equal access (ADA compliant), and open to the public. Save your seat on Eventbrite for day one at Code-ifying AI and for day two at Decoding Bias in AI.

talk: Correlation analysis with small sample sizes, 2pm Tue 6/18, UMBC

Correlation analysis with small sample sizes

Peter Schreier, Univ. of Paderborn, Germany

2:00-3:00 Tuesday, 18 June 2019, ITE 325B, UMBC

Most common techniques for correlation analysis (e.g., canonical correlation analysis) require sufficiently large sample support, but in many applications only a limited number of samples are available. Correlation analysis with small sample sizes poses some unique challenges. In this talk, I will focus on the problem of determining the correlated components between two or more data sets when the number of samples from these data sets is extremely small. Applications are plentiful, and among them I will discuss the identification of weather patterns in climate science and analyzing the effects of extensive physical exercise on the autonomic nervous system.

Peter Schreier was born in Munich, Germany, in 1975. He received a Master of Science from the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, in 1999, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, USA, in 2003, both in electrical engineering. From 2004 until 2011, he was on the faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Since 2011, he has been Chaired Professor of Signal and System Theory at Paderborn University, Germany. He has spent sabbatical semesters at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, and Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.

From 2008 until 2012, he was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, from 2010 until 2014 a Senior Area Editor for the same Transactions, and from 2015 to 2018 an Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. From 2009 until 2014, he was a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Machine Learning for Signal Processing, and he currently serves on the IEEE Technical Committee on Signal Processing Theory and Methods. He is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Data Science Initiative, and he serves on the IEEE SPS Regional Committee for Region 8. He was the General Chair of the 2018 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop in Freiburg, Germany.

talk: Tensor Decomposition of ND data arrays, 2pm 6/13 ITE325

Tensor Decomposition of ND data arrays

Prof. David Brie, University of Lorraine

2:00pm Thursday, 13 June 2019, ITE 325B, UMBC

The goal of this talk is to give an introduction to tensor decompositions for the analysis of multidimensional data. First, we recall some basic notions and operations on tensors. Then two tensor decompositions are presented: the Tucker decomposition (TD) and the Candecomp/Parafac decomposition (CPD). A particular focus is placed on the identifiability conditions of the CPD. Finally, various applications in biology are presented.

David Brie received the Ph.D. degree in 1992 and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree in 2000, both from Université de Lorraine, France. He is currently full professor at the Department of Telecommunications and Networking of the Institut Universitaire de Technologie, Université de Lorraine, France. He is editor-in-chief of the French journal “Traitement du Signal” since 2013 and will be co-general chair of the next IEEE CAMSAP 2019. His current research interests include vector-sensor-array processing, spectroscopy and hyperspectral image processing, non-negative matrix factorization, multidimensional signal processing, and tensor decompositions.

UMBC’s 15th Digital Entertainment Conference, 11-5, Sat May 11

UMBC’s 15th Digital Entertainment Conference

11:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, May 11, 2019

Commons Sports Zone, UMBC

The Digital Entertainment Conference (DEC) is an annual student-organized event that brings professional game developers from the area to UMBC to talk about their experience in the game industry. DEC’19 will be held 11-5 on Saturday, May 11 in the Sports Zone of the UMBC Commons building. Attend to meet professions from the local game industry, see games made by UMBC students, and network with game developers.

DEC’19 is free to attend and open to UMBC students, high school students, UMBC alumni and anyone interested in game development. A free catered lunch is provided and parking on campus is free on weekends on any lot marked A, B, or C.

This year’s speakers include: Greg Lane, Community Manager at Big Huge Games; Dorian Newcomb, Co-founder and Art Director at Mohawk Games; Andrei Shulgach, Composer for games and short films and UI Implementer at UX is Fine; Rebecca Bushko: Software Engineer at Big Huge Games; Eric Jordan, Senior Software Engineer at Firaxis Games and the first president of the UMBC Game Developers Club.

The DEC’19 is co-sponsored by the UMBC Game Developers club and Computer Science Education Club and funded by the COEIT Dean’s Office’s Collaborative Student Funding Program.

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