Join the DAMS group

Our group welcomes applicants from any race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, caregiver and family commitments, political affiliation, sexual orientation, and eligible age or disability status. Furthermore, we are committed to maintaining a supportive and collaborative group environment.

See more about our group policies.

Graduate Students

If you’re interested in pursuing a Ph.D. with either direct or general admit, or in thesis or project-based masters research, reach out to Prof. Yus by email with your: (1) CV, (2) a description of research experience and interests, and (3) specific information about why the DAMS group interests you.

Applying to our graduate program

If you are interested in applying to the UMBC Computer Science graduate program, please check the information our the CSEE Grad programs. Graduate admissions are done by a central Departmental committee that processes all applications and decides on admissions for the entire department. Individual faculty members may not accept students on their own but reach out to Prof. Yus by email if you are interested in applying and potentially being part of the DAMS group.

Undergraduate Students

Students majoring in Computer Science are encouraged to apply.

  • Previous research experience is not required.
  • Students must be able to work an average of 10 hour per week.
  • Demonstrated leadership and collaboration experience is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral) are a plus.
  • Knowledge of programming languages (e.g., Java, Python), Web development (e.g., HTML, Javascript, React), and Databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL) are a plus.

Why do research?

Through undergraduate research, you’ll: 1) learn about the latest questions currently under scientific investigation and approaches being used to tackle them, 2) help solve real and important scientific problems, and 3) gain valuable experience in critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.

What will you do?

The DAMS Group is focused on designing mechanisms to make IoT systems bridge the gap between user requirements and IoT device capabilities. Undergraduate researchers will generally work on projects related to the research areas of the group: 1) Data Management, 2) AI (Knowledge Representation & Reasoning), and 3) Privacy. These may involve activities such as interacting with IoT devices and systems, writing code to extract insights from sensor data, integrate ML algorithms within an IoT system, etc.

What are the hours for the position?

Apart from attendance at weekly group meetings, students are free to work according to a flexible schedule. So far during COVID, all work has been remote, though we do have a lab office available.

How do I apply?

If you’re interested in applying for a lab position or for research credit, you must read the DAMS Group Undergraduate Research Agreement carefully to make sure you understand what’s involved. Then include in a single email: (1) your resume (PDF), (2) unofficial copy of your transcript (PDF); freshman can send high school transcript (PDF), and (3) one page or less explaining why you’d like to work in our lab (PDF). To write this well, I suggest you look at some of our papers from the last few years to orient yourself to our current projects. Make the subject of your email “Undergrad Application” and send this to Prof. Yus.

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