Interpretation, the task of translating speech from one language to another, is an important tool in settings such as international meetings, travel, or diplomacy. However, simultaneous interpretation, which occurs while the speaker is speaking, is an extremely difficult task. The project aims to create automatic interpretation assistants that will recognize content in the original language and display translations on a display.
BodyVis helps elementary school aged children learn about anatomy and physiology by making clothing with sensors and displays to help kids see how their own bodies work. For example, a life-sized pair of lungs on a shirt might light up to show how air flows in and out of a child's lungs in time with their own breathing.
Self-monitoring for older adults and surgical patients can be difficult but beneficial–increased awareness, reduced negative behaviors, goal setting. This research looks at whether combining manual and automatic tracking (semi-automated tracking) can promote user engagement while reducing user burden for the best data collection.
The Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, one of the most remote and isolated park service sites, hopes to engage with young visitors with an improved Alaska Animal Adaptation web page on its website.
The information age has made it trivial for anyone to create and then share vast amounts of digital data. This includes unstructured collections made of data such as images, video, and audio to collections of born digital content made up of data such as documents and spreadsheets.
Innovation is now recognized as critical to economic growth and international competitiveness.
Increasingly pervasive data about people enables fundamentally new computational research. Simultaneously, changes in scale, scope, speed, and depth of data availability require reconsideration of ethics for computational research. Much work addressing ethics for big and pervasive data proceeds from first principles, applying traditional tenets of research ethics to computational data research.
This project brings together faculty members from the library and information science (LIS) schools at the University of Washington and University of Maryland and public library partners to develop a suite of professional development resources aimed at building public librarians’ capacity to leverage digital media and connected learning principles to promote 21st century skills among the youth they serve.
Web exhibits highlighting objects associated with the Civil Rights Movement will expand visitor and public access from around the world to the National Capital Region (NCR) museum collections.
The lack of information regarding cycling safety prompts local governments and bicycle associations to look into ways of making cycling in urban areas both more attractive and safer. Using data mining and machine learning techniques, this project can measure bicycle safety from citizens’ complaints and concerns.
The project aims to find out how local communities can benefit from the advances in big data and data analytic technologies and how such technologies can create an innovation-supporting environment to stimulate economic growth in recovering communities.
Dr. Susan Winter and Andrew Fellows will lead the effort to bring advanced data analytics and business intelligence services to public libraries in Prince George’s County.
Citizen science has strong potential in not only public engagement but also science and conservation outcomes. In order to enable appropriate oversight and decision-making regarding citizen science investments by the federal government (as well as other funding and governing bodies), the practitioner field needs tools for evaluating production-oriented outcomes, including science outputs beyond publications and citations.
University of Maryland College of Information Studies administered a pre-doctoral fellowship that will support the independent dissertation research that supports the Coherence at Scale Project to their student Ning Gao.
The iSchool and the College of Education at the University of Maryland, along with organizations within the American Library Association (ALA), are committed to advancing youth learning in libraries to develop a 12-credit online post-master’s certificate program.
Bringing together interdisciplinary faculty from the iSchool, economically disadvantaged/low socioeconomic status (SES) families, and public library partners may help minimize privacy and security challenges that librarians face and risks that low-SES families face using internet and communication technologies (ICTs).
There is a need for improved self-monitoring data sharing between patients and clinicians because the types of data from self-monitoring–physical activity, sleep, food, etc.–provide great insights into individuals’ health management, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment plan.
This collaboration between the iSchool and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) will help develop a robust data curation infrastructure that safeguards agricultural information and promote their continued discovery and re-use through the utilization of NAL’s extensive collections, digital resources, and staff expertise.
Curated archival collections are primary data sources that provide information for long-term research needs.
The National Agricultural Library acquires, organizes, provides access to, and preserves agriculture literature and its data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It needs research on the best practices for creating and curating its digital collections.
Online communities are a great way for people to post their problems and get solutions through open discussion; however, bias in information exchange in small group discussions could affect crowd discussions.
Privacy and data security in mobile applications are necessary for information collection but oftentimes expensive and difficult to implement. This project seeks to study developers’ practices that encourage privacy and security in design and build tools to encourage such practices.
This project studies academic and commercial software research and development (R&D) to discover factors that encourage discussion and action on ethical challenges.
This workshop seeks to promote development of multidisciplinary communities through networking, formation of new collaborations, and articulation of a research agenda that will advance understanding, design, and assessment of efforts to foster community-based technological innovation.
Named Data Networking (NDN) aims to redesign the architecture of the Internet, producing not only technical advances, but social impacts on privacy, intellectual property, law enforcement, governance, and political economy.
A Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) was made to change any devices’ interfaces for people who cannot use technologies due to barriers caused by their level of disability, literacy, and/or digital literacy.
HandSight aims to support activities of daily living (ADLs) for people with severe visual impairments by sensing and feeding back non-tactile information about the physical world as it is touched. HandSight consists of tiny cameras and micro-haptic motors on one or more fingers, computer vision algorithms to support recognition, and a smartwatch for output.
This project seeks to learn how we can use the existing ecosystem of networked devices in our surroundings to make sense of and exploit massive, heterogeneous, and multi-scale data anywhere and at any time.
Free public Wi-Fi, autonomous vehicles, web-based curricula and smart transit hubs are some smart cities technologies that have the potential to radically change areas. However, the adoption of new technologies has often created what is known as the "digital divide" and exacerbated disparities in income and wealth. This project will develop a strategic plan for addressing the question: how can investments in smart cities technologies improve the lives of low-income, inner-city residents.
The Digital Curation Innovation Center plans to improve the performance and scalability of the Fedora Repository for the Fedora community by researching, developing, and testing software architectures.
With the popularity of personal tracking devices like the Fitbit Flex and Nike Fuel Band, and the introduction of Google Glass, wearable devices are entering the mainstream.
This National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) award in the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track to the University of Maryland will pilot an innovative, cross-disciplinary curriculum that integrates Data Science with Social Science. The project advances the understanding of how best to train students and working professionals in the STEM fields, particularly social science.
The effective distribution and use of data science from a citizen science project needs an integrated cyberinfrastructure development and research project.
The Innovations in Development project will engage members of diverse communities associated with three partner nature preserves in Maryland, North Carolina, and Colorado, who will develop and carry out technology assisted science projects.
The National Park Service and the iSchool have collaborated to create an internship program in which students learn about existing archival resources as well as assist in developing and implementing a strategy to locate, identify, and survey archival records throughout National Capital Region parks.
Mobile devices are efficient and convenient, but also increase the potential for more pervasive forms of digitally mediated surveillance by media companies, marketers, governments, employers, and Internet Service Providers. This project evaluates mobile users’ mental models of privacy.
This workshop hopes to identify the current metrics, tools, and practices that are effective in recording the impact of digital data storage, and the issues that will require additional research.
The Community-Driven Environmental Projects (C-DEP) model is a multi-university research endeavor funded by the NSF AISL program with an objective to engage members of diverse communities in local nature and environmental conservation projects of their choosing.
The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) will be tested in libraries with a focus on serving users with disabilities. Also, a tool will be developed to help people find and use assistive technologies and access features in everyday technologies.
This project brings together machine learning researchers and human-computer interaction researchers to build effective environments for information exploration.
When using today’s search engines, people can not yet search some government records or unprocessed archives because of intermixed information that may need to be protected. This is a direct consequence from current search engines only being able to protect sensitive content if that sensitive content has been marked in advance. This project will address this challenge by creating a new class of search algorithms that are designed to balance the searcher's interest in finding relevant content with the content provider's interest in protecting sensitive content.
By the end of 2013, both Microsoft and Apple predict that touchscreen-based tablets will outsell PCs. With this transition comes the critical need to ensure that touchscreens are accessible for the broadest range of users.
This project designs and implements ubiquitous technology tools to help children in the United States, especially those in lower socioeconomic status neighborhoods, who face systematic challenges in connecting science learning across school, home, and informal experiences.
Expanding the Lilead Fellows Program from one cohort to a sustainable program available to all library leaders in school districts across the country would allow more school library leaders to carry out the vision of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Computer security researchers must navigate ethical dilemmas about how to use big data and shared networked resources to discover vulnerabilities; how to safely expose these problems; and how to best ensure that critical vulnerabilities are fixed.
This fellows program advances a new field of study and builds a workforce in the field of digital curation and user access with an emphasis on agriculture and agricultural informatics.
Valuing Our Scans (VoS) is a 3-year, mixed methods research project that will help cultural heritage institutions evaluate the use and impact of digitized ethnographic archives.
The newly approved information science undergraduate program with an initial specialization in data science allows researchers to recognize the new opportunities to enhance both the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the VOICE project, effectively integrating research with undergraduate education.
The iSchool and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) seeks to collaborate to develop specific plans for incorporating virtual reunification of dispersed photograph and image collections.